Hi there nofappers, I had a thought the other idea on why semen retention decreases anxiety and helps us to be more present in everyday life. I've been reading a book about Daoist Nei Gong, which is basically Chinese yoga, or a method for spiritual cultivation, that if you make it your whole life, may even lead to an enlightenment of sorts. The foundational practices are gaining a certain quality of mind and breath, and the main practice in this is the absorption of the mind into the breath, or, meditation. In this practice you want your "mind", or really, your energy and attention, to sink down to your lower stomach or "dan tien". This is done through observation of the breath, after some time the mind will become absorbed into the breath, this is the important part relating to anxiety. Most of our anxiety is caused by overthinking and analyzing, worries that are stuck in our head in a loop. Now the mind loves absorption and will do this into a number of things. For instance, porn is a strong one, it is easy for our minds to absorb into something like porn. When you are watching and masturbating you are totally absorbed, thoughts and worries disappear after all right? Same for exercise or videogames or any kind of activity. The mind loves absorption. Now think about this, as we go on nofap a lot of people start to feel that their balls are so heavy, or that they feel full, but what I really think is happening here is that a large amount of energy is gathered there now, and that's why you feel your balls all the time on nofap. That is to say, your mind is partially absorbed into your genitalia during the day. Now, what did I say about absorption of the mind earlier? It calms down thoughts and mental activity. Usually, this kind of mental activity is a cause of anxiety and restlessness, but now, since at least a bit of your mind is absorbed into your balls, you have a somewhat more peaceful mind, meaning you are easier to fall into a state of flow, you feel good and at ease and are more confident and can easier navigate your emotional turmoil. This is also why nofap and meditation go hand in hand, as it increases these effects even more. Keep at it guys, you'll get there! PS: If you want to know more about this topic I recommend looking into Damo Mitchell, he is an expert on Daoist internal arts and has a podcast, a website with many useful articles, and a number of books. The one I have and recommend is "A comprehensive guide to Daoist Nei Gong". He will, however, tear down some of the knowledge you may already have on chakra or popular Daoist practices like a non-ejaculatory orgasm. He states that most of what is known here in the west about eastern spiritual traditions is incorrect and misinformed. And gives a solid base as to what and why.