Written by Dr Becky Spelman, We-Vibe’s Relationship Expert
April marks Stress Awareness Month. Stress is part and parcel of modern life, and we all have to figure out ways to cope with it. Thankfully, destressing doesn’t always have to involve spending a lot of money, or even investing a lot of time—and one of the best ways to reduce stress is to get naked and have sex with someone we care about.
So, how exactly is sex good for your wellbeing?
First of all, when someone wants to have sex with us, we feel attractive, and this makes us feel good about ourselves, which is already stress-reducing, in and of itself. If we are in a relationship, it makes us feel more secure about our partner’s feelings for us, which can reduce anxiety. Finally, physical contact with another human being can increase our body’s levels of serotonin, which is associated with better mood and a better sense of well-being!
Sex improves relationships! Couples who have been together for a while can fall into a bit of a rut, or life can intervene with a lot of responsibilities and distractions, and sex can fall by the wayside for a time. But couples who have sex more often also tend to be happier, both as a couple, and individually. Sex is a way they can show each other than they each find the other one desirable, and that they care for them. It makes them feel closer, and more confident in their relationship. Couples who have sex often are more likely to have a happy relationship that’s strong enough to withstand the challenges that life throws at it.
Sex can reduce your blood pressure, as well as enhancing heart health. High blood pressure is a common health problem, especially as we get older, or if we have a genetic predisposition to it. Research indicates that people with a healthy sex life are also more likely to have healthy blood pressure levels.
They’re also less likely to have a heart attack, as sex helps to keep our hormone levels balanced, fostering a good environment for heart health. While the benefits of sex as a form of exercise are often over-stated, a passionate bout of love-making does burn some calories, too! Moreover, when we have a satisfying sex life, we’re less likely to feel the need to comfort eat, with positive repercussions for both heart health and self-esteem.