Stress is toxic. The research is abundantly clear. It can impair your brain activity, risk damage to your immune system, cause high blood pressure, and even a low sex drive. You can try your hardest to reduce stress by doing the conventional things: You know, promise you’ll travel less for work, take your time answering emails, turn off your phone by a set time nightly, sleep more, and hit the gym.
Or, you can just have more sex.
Turns out sex is one of the ultimate stress relievers. Think of sex as a wellness thing. As in: you can go to yoga, work on your deep breathing, get a massage, drink some green juice, and up your probiotics. Or you can have more sex.
Here are ten ways having (more) sex can reduce stress and boost your overall well being.
1. You will be less anxious.
“Chronic sexual experience also reduced anxiety-like behavior.” (PLOS.org)
2. Sex begets more sex.
“There's a surefire way to increase your libido…and it's easier than you may think: have more sex!” (psychotherapist and certified sex therapist Colette Malan)
3. It makes you healthier.
“Sexually active people take fewer sick days.” (sexual health expert Yvonne K. Fulbright, PhD)
4. It’s good for your skin.
“Having sex improves blood circulation, which helps to pump oxygen to your skin and make it brighter. It also helps to eliminate toxins and can actually make your lips a little fuller.” (Cosmo, of course)
5. It’s good for your (or your partner’s) heart.
“Men who had sex at least twice a week were less likely to develop heart disease compared to men who only had sex once per month.” (American Journal of Cardiology)
6. It reduces pain.
“There are likely several possible reasons for this. One is that sexual excitement and orgasm involve muscular contractions – and eventual releases – that may help to make any muscular cramping feel better. Another possible reason is that during sexual excitement and orgasm, women’s minds may be distracted toward more pleasant, fun, and arousing thoughts. Sexual intimacy can help to take men’s and women’s mind off of many types of life stresses and ailments.” (The Kinsey Institute)
7. It can help calm migraines.
"The researchers aren't sure why this happens, but hypothesize that the rush of endorphins, the brain's natural painkillers, during sex may numb the pain of migraines." (Live Science)
8. It makes you happy.
“The benefits include release of endorphins and other hormones that elevate mood, and exercise, which itself is an effective stress reliever.” (Psychology Today)
9. It helps you sleep—especially if you’re a man.
“There are many potential biochemical and evolutionary reasons for post-sex sleepiness, some direct and some indirect—but no one has yet pinpointed the exact causes.” (Live Science)
10. It lowers blood pressure.
“Studies have shown a link between low testosterone and high blood pressure, while the spikes in testosterone associated with sexual activity might help lower blood pressure.” (Greatist.com)
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