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Don’t be a tool, relax!

Agent C Nov 11 2019

Don’t be a tool, relax!

What does sex have to do with stress? Read on for a short introduction to the connection between the two.

Sex and stress – Don’t be a tool, relax!

When work gets too much, or life just seems to weigh far more than you bargained for, the bottle usually helps. For some it's food, for some it's travelling, and for a lot of people it is sex.

You can’t really blame them, it is 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 chuckle. Simply put, researchers found that sex and physical intimacy led women to feel less stressed and be in a better mood the next day. (These results weren’t found when women had orgasms without a partner.)

It has also been found that being in a good mood predicted more physical affection and sexual activity with a partner the next day, showing that the sex-stress connection actually works both ways: sex can lead you to feel less stressed, and being less stressed (or at least in a better mood) can lead to more sex. This sheds light on importance of effective stress management.

Stress is an integral part of all our lives today. We can’t avoid or run from it. There are going to be countless methods and recipes for stress reduction, but sex is probably the oldest and best stress reliever.

If you think you’ve done all you can to get a handle on your stress but it's still affecting your life, seek out help from a doctor or mental health counselor—the results can change your life in a very positive way.


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