Temptation is a natural part of life, but it’s not something that we should simply accept. Temptation can be overcome with the right combination of self-awareness and discipline. Here’s how to get started.
How To Overcome Sexual Temptation
Recognize that temptation is a normal part of life
The first step in overcoming temptation is recognizing that it’s a normal part of life. Temptation is not a sin, nor is it a moral failing or evidence that you’re weak or in an unhealthy relationship. It’s human nature to be tempted by something we shouldn’t—Wand if we understand this, we can learn how to deal with the issue when it arises.
- Recognize what type of temptations you face most often. Do you have trouble resisting food? Alcohol? Technology? Other people? Being around certain people who cause your heart rate to increase and your palms to sweat?
- Learn the difference between “discipline” versus “willpower.” Discipline involves actually doing something (for example, working out), while willpower has more to do with not giving into temptation (for example, resisting eating chocolate cake). While both methods are effective for some people, others may prefer one over the other since all bodies respond differently
Seek out accountability
You can find accountability a number of ways:
- Find someone you can talk to about your struggles. This might be someone who can help you pray and think through your struggles, or it could be a professional counselor.
- Find someone who will hold you accountable, like a mentor or spiritual leader. When temptation comes in, they’ll be there to remind you of what’s important and help keep you on track with your goals.
- Find someone who is willing to listen when temptation comes knocking at your door; this may sound like the hardest part, but with enough practice it gets easier every time!
A key step in overcoming sexual temptation is to practice self-control. Here are some ways you can practice self-control:
- Don’t let yourself get distracted. Distractions lead to sexual temptation, and they’re everywhere these days—from the Internet and social media sites to TV, radio, magazines and books. If possible, limit your exposure to these distractions while trying to avoid getting too stressed out or excited by them.
- Don’t let yourself get too tired. It’s easy when you’re tired or stressed out to give in to sexual sins because it feels good at first but then leaves you feeling worse than before (and perhaps guilty as well). The best way around this is simply not allowing yourself to get too tired or stressed out in the first place: go for walks instead of sitting at home on social media; don’t spend hours watching Netflix when there are chores that need doing; take breaks from work throughout the day rather than working straight through from start till finish without stopping (and definitely don’t procrastinate).
- Don’t let yourself get too hungry either! When we’re hungry our bodies feel like something needs satisfying—and unfortunately many people mistake this sensation for thirst or hunger instead of what it really is: a craving for sex/masturbation which leads us down paths we shouldn’t be going down if we want things like monogamous relationships with our future spouse someday soon…
Get to the root of the problem
When it comes to overcoming sexual temptation, there are two main approaches you can take. One is to tackle the problem directly by targeting your specific struggles. The other is to get at the root of it all and address what’s causing your temptation in the first place. This article will teach you how to do both!
Most of us think that sexual temptation has something to do with one thing—our physical bodies and our hormones. But while these things are important factors, they’re not everything that contributes to temptations or even their sole cause.
Temptation happens because we can’t resist certain situations when they arise. But why? Is it because we lack self-control? Do we have a weak mind or body? Or could there be another reason for why we give in so easily?
Temptation is a part of life, but it’s possible to overcome it by getting accountability and working on self-control and discipline.
It’s important to understand that temptation is a part of life, but it’s possible to overcome it by getting accountability and working on self-control and discipline. I know from experience that these things are hard—I’ve had to deal with sexual temptation myself—but if you commit yourself to being accountable for your actions, it can be done.
- Get accountability from other people in your life (like family members or close friends). Tell them about your struggle with sexual temptation and let them know when they should call you on any questionable behavior before you do something stupid. These people will help keep you accountable because they care about you and won’t want to see you get hurt by acting out sexually against your own values system or hurting others in the process (which could happen if not caught early enough).
By recognizing that temptation is a normal part of life, and not just a personal problem, we can better understand how to cope with it when it comes our way. By seeking out accountability and relying on self-control and discipline, we can overcome sexual temptation and live the lives we want to live.