During the fourth week I would do the following:
- Continue the actions from week 1 to week 3
- Stress less
- Relax and slow down a little
As for the other sections, if I were to experience erectile dysfunction and libido problems for the first time today, I would also in this week continue the principles I took on from the earlier weeks. Maintaining these principles would be of paramount importance to overcoming my problems.
When I first encountered erectile dysfunction and a non-existent libido, I generally stressed a lot. I spent pretty much all day at work and my life revolved around my job. I often worked weekends and holidays as well. My days were filled with simultaneous projects and a seemingly never-ending number of tasks and deadlines.
There was constant pressure. Lots of it. Everyone in my class were ranked based on performance, and bonus payment and further career opportunities depending on this ranking. I bought into this 110% and worked like a dog. As a result, I lived in more or less constant stress for years.
First of all, this was a libido killer from the outset. Because I channeled all my energy towards doing well in my job. Nothing else mattered. My focus had completely shifted and I didn’t have much time anymore for things that I normally enjoyed. Like sports. Like travelling. Like sex. Therefore, I didn’t think much about sex, didn’t crave sex and didn’t care about sex.
In addition to stress pushing sex off the cliff of my mind, this stress in periods completely muted my ability to get erections. When stress levels were particularly high, it was like my penis was dead. It was just there, not really capable of changing its form. It seemed to have no interest in sex whatsoever. To learn more about my experiences with stress on Truelibido, please go here.
Stress in itself serves a very useful function as it makes us ready and alert for a situation that needs particular attention. However, elevated levels of stress over long periods of time are not good. Consistent high stress levels can cause several imbalances in the body. And one of the most damaging consequences of stress is that it often causes the body to divert attention to areas of the body that are vital in a ‘fight or flight’ situation, such as the brain, the heart, the big muscle groups, hearing, vision, etc. At the same time as these areas of the body receive special attention, other and non-critical-for-survival areas receive less or no attention, such as the immune system and the reproductive systems. In other words, stress will often lead to no or very little attention to the sexual organs, and therefore sex drive and erectile functioning may be reduced or impaired.
If I were to encounter erectile dysfunction and libido problems for the first time today, I would try very hard to stress down in situations that would normally cause me to stress. I would make a very conscious effort to not get frantic and to not stress in times of pressure, but rather try to remain cool and collected. Instead of letting emotions and stress hormones take over, I would try to stay calm.
It often doesn’t help much to get stressed and frantic anyways. If there is a task I need to do, I normally do this task better and with less errors if I can remain calm and rational. In the ordinary course of life, taking a few deep breaths and telling myself to not stress is often a better solution than to stress. Should I face an angry bear in the woods, my attitude would be different.
In addition to try to not stress in these stressful situations, I would generally try very hard to relax more and not exhaust myself mentally or emotionally. I would also try to disconnect my mind from the stressful event when I could (when I would be off work, for instance) and generally try to slow down and just embrace life. I would also consider picking up meditation or other relaxing techniques to try to get more relaxed and balanced overall.
By reducing stress levels, and particularly by removing the persistent stress, the body should normally be able to move away from being in a constant alerted state. This should help the body to function more normally, should reduce the production of stress hormones, and should normally improve libido and make erectile dysfunction less prevalent.