Hi Guys...I'm fairly new to this forum and I am sure that this question has been asked before in previous posts, but I thought it would be good for all of us to share our accomplishments. It sure doesn't hurt.
This website has been enlightening to say the least. It's been a week from p/m and I am feeling optimistic. I definitely feel more energized and less anxious. And making the choice to stop is such an empowering feel. My confidence is up. I've always consider myself to be a positive guy. But I guess after 20 years of masturbation I turned to a negative person at times. Each day it feels like I'm revealing my old self, the positive upbeat guy that I was. So yes, I'm excited. Knowing that also helps me stay focus. My urges don't seem all that strong anymore. The first few days were tough though.
What I'd like to hear from you are the positive experiences you've had or noticed? And if you could, at what weeks did you feel this? I'm particularly interested in the social/relationship aspect. You see, I think a lot of my social anxiety was because of p/m. Because of that, I avoided many opportunities to go out and socialize and date. Women have been attracted to me but I was too afraid to lead it further. I cringe at some of the great opportunities I've passed up. But that's life.
Right now, I am trying to change my behaviors. The abstinence has made me feel more confident about going out, however I feel some anxiety still. Will this get better? I'm curious to know.
I applaud you all for making your transition.