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Sex - A Cause Or A Solution To Stress?


Sex and stress have been linked together more than often. Though, sex has often been defined as a means to fight stress, it can also be a cause of stress for some. Let us take a look at how it works both ways.

Sex As A Cause Of Stress
Though sex is considered as an effective stress buster, it may actually be a reason of stress for some. One of the most common factors that make sex a cause of stress is unfulfilled desires: An unfulfilled and unsatisfactory sex life builds in a lot of emotional, psychological and mental pressure.

This pressure gradually takes the shape of stress. You might end up feeling frustrated and irritated when you are not able to get the pleasure you want out of it or when you are not able to give expression to your desires.

Too much of sex could also cause stress, especially when one of the two partners is unwilling. It could lead to a mental breakdown with the unwilling person feeling guilty or exploited and the willing person feeling forceful.

Sometimes, sex may take the form of harassment. Sexual harassment, either at home or at workplace can become a major cause of stress. Rapes, sexual exploitation, and other such situations drain the individual of all their vital faculties. It leaves an indelible imprint on the mind of the sufferer.

Sex as a solution to stress
If used in the right manner, sex can actually work as a stress buster. In fact, it works better than most stress management techniques. Sex works in more than just one way to help you get rid of stress.

It burns calories and relieves you of mental and physical tension. This takes away the excess load from your body. Besides, burning extra calories also helps you get rid of the toxins that have accumulated in your body, and helps relieve stress. Too add on, it improves the flow of blood and infuses a new enthusiasm in you.

Further on, sex also works as an instant mood lifter. It releases the feel good hormone, also known as endorphins in your body and makes you feel good. Several studies and researches have revealed that people who have a good sex life are usually in a better mood.

The effects of sex as a stress management technique are evident on the physical front too. It increases your cortisol levels, brings down your heart rate and improves your respiration. All of these are considered to be symptoms of reduced stress levels.

Considering that sex can work to both cause as well as alleviate stress, it is up to you how you want to make it work.