Okay, okay. And anxiety goes way beyond the need to dine with Ben and Jerry for dinner— stress can be harmful to our physical health. Yet science suggests there are natural ways to regulate anxiety. In one study, researchers found daily intercourse for two weeks led to cell growth in the hippocampus, the part of the brain that keeps stress levels under control. Disclaimer: This study was tested on rats, not us feisty folks, but it might still help explain that post-coital bliss.
The surprising ways sex reduces stress
How Sex Can Be Used as a Stress Management Technique
Sex and stress are linked in several ways. Most of us instinctively know this already and feel it unmistakably when a particularly stressful week or two zaps us of our sex drive. But while stress can have a hand in low libido , it can also be a great stress reliever, which is why jokes about uptight bosses needing a good roll in the hay are always good for at least one knowing chuckle. Have you ever wondered how much truth there was to the idea that a healthy sex life works nicely as a stress salve? In an Arizona State University study on 58 middle-aged women, physical affection or sexual behavior with a partner significantly predicted lower negative mood and stress, and higher positive mood the following day.
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However, just as the many benefits are embraced, the importance of a regular sex life is often also underestimated. These are eight good reasons why you should not abandon your sex life. Then germs have an easier time spreading in your body and you can catch a cold or get the flu a lot easier. So, just by having sex you can keep the cold medicine in the cabinet.
Research shows a great way to ward off anxiety is by connecting in bed. Grab your partner and feel tension slip away. Stress affects me just as much as the next woman. I break out. I become short-tempered.