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Sex, Stress, and Your Life: Need A Change?

By February 8, 2014

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Have you ever felt so stressed that it put a damper on your sex life? That's not an uncommon response, actually, for both men and women. Often, the factors in our lives that cause stress, can also be libido-dampeners. For example, a busy schedule that leaves someone drained of energy, may also leave them drained of the time to invest in an enjoyable sex life, even if they did have the energy for it. The relationship conflicts that leave someone stressed and ruminating may also dampen the sexual desire in that relationship. Financial stress may leave people feeling anxious, which makes it difficult to relax and enjoy. You get the idea.

Conversely, a healthy sex life can be a nice buffer against the stresses of the world, and can bring benefits that are good for health, like lowered blood pressure. The trick is to take a proactive stance--manage stress to the point that you can 'get your groove back,' and then use a healthy sex life as the enjoyable stress reliever it can potentially be!

If you're not having as much fun in the bedroom as you'd like, fear not. The following sex-and-stress resources can help you to better understand the link between stress and sex, identify how the two may be impacting each other in your life, and do what you can to reduce stress and increase your libido, maintaining a healthy, enjoyable sex life. Have fun!

The Links Between Sex and Stress
Here's some research and information on how sex works well as a stress reliever, and some of the benefits of sex for stress management. Definitely worth a read!

How Stress Can Lead to Low Libido
Stress in all areas of your life can lead to low libido, or a lack of desire for sex, which can lead to friction in a relationship and keep you from enjoying the benefits in the article linked above. Learn which types of stress are the worst, and how to avoid letting stress impact your sex drive.

How to Get In The Mood When You're Too Stressed For Sex
Sex can be a great stress reliever, but not when you're too stressed to use it. Here are some strategies for loosening up and getting 'in the mood', even when you're stressed.

Do you find that stress is harming your sex life? Or is sex your greatest stress reliever? Talk about it in the comments or on Facebook.

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February 3, 2012 at 3:45 am
(1) Dalyn says:

I found so many ietrensting stuff in your blog especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I am not the only one having all the enjoyment here! keep up the good work.

February 3, 2012 at 4:56 am
(2) stress says:

Thanks, Dalyn, you made my week!

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