We all know that sex can be a lot of fun, but did you know that it can also be beneficial for our mental health? Studies have shown that a healthy sex life can improve mood, reduce stress, and increase feelings of intimacy and connection.
“Sexual satisfaction is associated with better mental health and well-being. It can improve mood, reduce stress and anxiety, and promote feelings of intimacy and connection in relationships.”– Dr. Laura Berman, sex and relationship therapist and assistant clinical professor of psychiatry and obstetrics/gynecology at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University
A study published in the Journal of Sex Research found that adults who reported higher levels of sexual satisfaction also reported better overall well-being, including better mental health and greater life satisfaction.
One of the main ways sex can improve mental health is by releasing endorphins, which are associated with pleasure and happiness. These endorphins can also act as natural painkillers, helping to reduce pain and tension in the body.
Sex can also help to reduce stress by promoting relaxation and reducing cortisol, a hormone associated with stress. It can also improve sleep and help to reduce insomnia.
It improves mood and helps to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. This is partly due to the release of oxytocin, a hormone that is associated with social bonding and trust.
Sex also improves self-esteem and body image. It can help to promote feelings of desirability and self-worth, which can be particularly beneficial for those who struggle with body image or self-esteem issues.
Sexual intimacy can rejuvenate relationships and promote feelings of connection and trust. It can also improve communication and intimacy in relationships. So next time you’re feeling down, maybe it’s time to spice things up in the bedroom.