Sex As Stress Management
Sure, we all think that sex is great on many levels. It is fun, it can be a great workout, it brings you closer to the woman or man in your life, and it gives you a feeling of accomplishment, satisfaction and usually totally relaxes you. It takes your mind off of what is bothering you and gives you a break from the things that are stressing you out.
But something that a lot of people may not consider is that sex works well as a stress management technique. There is nothing like good sex to make you feel better. Sex has a lot of benefits that translate into reducing your stress. Studies have found that people who have a healthy sex life tend to be less stressed.
Some of the benefits of sex as a stress reliever are that it induces deep breathing that delivers much needed oxygen to your blood and this type of breathing also relaxes you. The act of touching another person and being touched that are at the center of the sexual act is also very good for you. It works somewhat like a massage, and is good for both your physical and your emotional health. The loving touch of someone else can work wonders for your well being.
In addition to the emotional benefits of touch, the social and emotional support that having sex gives you is also ideal for reducing or relieving stress. It has been proven that people who have good social support and social outlets live longer, are happier and actually manage stress better than those people who don't have a social support system.
On top of all that, sex is a great physical workout. If you have a particularly enthusiastic sexual encounter, you get to burn calories and get your body to release endorphins. Endorphins are the hormones that make us feel good and work as an anti-depressant for your body.
What could be better than getting a workout while you are doing something you really enjoy? Sex is one of the best forms of exercise, and getting all hot and sweaty with someone you care about can really increase the results of your physical activities.
The one problem with using sex as an all-purpose stress reliever is that when you are stressed out, your desire and libido are decreased. This means that even though you know sex will make you feel good, you don't really feel like having it.
To change these feelings of lack of desire and make you more inclined to be in the mood, you can try a variety of things, such as soothing music, a massage from your significant other, aromatherapy that is designed to relax you and bring out your sensual side, an excellent dinner that is not only tasty but filled with healthy foods, or even a good conversation with your partner or someone else that will help you see that the stress in your life is a temporary thing.
So the next time you are feeling stressed out, talk your partner into adjourning to the bedroom for some sexual therapy.