Of course, s*x feels good but regular s*xual activity can have a staggering positive effect on one’s mental health and here’s why.
S*x is a natural part of life and apart from reproduction, s*x can be about intimacy and pleasure. S*xual activity can offer many surprising benefits to all facets of your life including your mind. Here’s how s*x can help boost positive mental health.
S*xual activity, with someone or through masturbation, can provide important psychological and emotional benefits. Similar to exercise, s*x can help reduce stress and anxiety and make you feel happier overall.
According to Health Line, studies suggest that sexual activity may correlate with:
- increased satisfaction with your mental health
- increased levels of trust, intimacy, and love in your relationships
- improved ability to perceive, identify, and express emotions
- lessened use of your immature psychological defense mechanism, or the mental processes to reduce distress from emotional conflict
S*x eases stress:
It’s well known stress can cause serious health isses. Stress is largely the result of many interacting psychological factors and can vary significantly between people. Nevertheless, it can cause all kinds of health problems from mild headaches, to difficulty sleeping and tense muscles, to more severe issues like a poorly functioning immune system and chronic depression.
There is evidence that being close to your partner (physically and emotionally) can lower stress levels. Physical intimacy can trigger the release of all kinds of chemicals in the brain including:
- dopamine – helps you focus attention and generally increases motivation
- endorphins– the body’s natural pain and stress fighters
- oxytocin– affectionately known as “the cuddle hormone”, which can trigger feelings of compassion and that warm tingly sensation
After an orgasm, the body releases the hormone prolactin, which often leads to drowsiness and a general feeling of relaxation. Comfort ultimately resulting in sleep is a common post-orgasm response.
One study actually found having s*x every day for a full fortnight decreased anxiety. There’s also evidence suggesting regular sex lowers stress-related blood pressure.
S*x boosts confidence:
Frequent sexual activity, whether with a partner or alone, can make you look younger. This is partially due to the release of oestrogen during s*x.
One study found a correlation between frequent s*xual activity and looking significantly younger. The majority of these individuals were also comfortable expressing their s*xuality.
S*x has social benefits:
S*x can help you connect to your partner better. Oxytocin can play a role in developing relationships and of course consistent, mutual sexual pleasure helps with bonding within a relationship.
Coupled partners often have increased relationship satisfaction when they fulfill one another’s s*xual desires. You may find positive growth in your relationship when you’re able to express yourself and your s*xual desires.
S*x may not be a one-size-fits-all fix to every psychological issue, it can influence how we measure our own mental health, and how we can go about improving it. See if you cannot use s*x to not only feel closer to your significant other but be more in tune with yourself and your body too. Your mind will thank you for it.