I've completed 70 days of Celibacy, No Sex, Porn, Masturbation, and Dating. I'd like to share what I've learnt during my journey I've failed in the 90 day celibacy challenge for over 3 years now. I could never make it past 7-15 days. But for the first time I made it till Day 72. Here are the benefits I noticed: - Hair fall reduced dramatically, possible regrowth (I had a mild symptom of MPB) - Confidence improved (there is more loudness and power in my voice. And I feel confident when meeting strangers) - Higher productivity (since I quite porn, and even dating, I noticed I had time to easily concentrate on other areas of my life) - Greater Discipline (discipline in one area increased discipline in other areas) Why I failed on Day 72: Relapse does not happen randomly. It's a chain reaction. Last few days I allowed my mind to freely fantasize. Which lead to me downloading a few dating apps, which led to me getting hooked on the apps, which led to tempting opportunities, which let to relapse. This is fine however, I know I've fixed my addiction. I'm not the chronic masturbator I used to be. This relapse was a good thing and it reminded me of some of the important rules for success. You must have heard that saying that "time will heal the pain", well that's because time tends to make you forget about the pain. When it comes to curing an addiction, if you don't follow the rules strictly and consistently, you'll eventually forget about them. In my case, I forgot about my rule of having no sexual fantasies, no dating, no screens after 10Pm etc. These rules were my precautionary measures. But I probably got too confident about my streak and chose to ignore those rules. Lessons you can learn from my journey: - Win the first 30 days so that you start to care more about maintaining your streak when temptation kicks in. - Stay busy "an empty mind is the devil's workshop". Have one or two additional goals to stay focused on, no more (too many goals will consume your willpower and increase the chances of relapse). Similarly schedule some fun activities each day. - Change/modify your cage to make it more interesting and supportive of your goals. (Check out these links, it will make you understand the true cause of addiction & relapse:http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/6506936 And http://youtu.be/3TX-Nu5wTS8 ). I failed mainly due to my present cage. I was able to easily tackle temptations whenever I went on vacations with my parents. Keep your space neat and organized. External environment has an impact on internal environment. - Set up mini reward systems. (I had a playlist called Reward songs, it contained songs which gave me goosebumps. I would only listen to 2 songs from this playlist whenever I completed a mini goal. When I complete 10 days of the celibacy challenge I'd listen to 2 songs just once.) - Setup and follow the precautionary rules. - Don't tell others about your goal and don't brag about how far you've come. Wait until you finish your goal to tell them. There has been some research done on that. - If you relapse, do not feel guilty. It will work against you. Be grateful, learn from it, and continue the journey immediately. If you indulge in that pleasure again after relapsing, you'll waste all that discipline you built up during the previous days and you'll have to start all over from the beginning. - Eat regularly at specific intervals to fuel your brain with glucose for long lasting willpower. - Sleep efficiently to fully recover your willpower for the next day. (There are a lot of tips I have to optimize your sleep). Hope you learnt something from this. I'm going to take on new challenges now!