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4 Ways Sex Relieves Stress

Your 401k is in the tank, your online account cost you more to trade than it gave back, and your credit cards are maxed out. You are working extended hours and when you finally drag your sorry butt through your door all you want is to collapse in your chair with a cold one.  Your shoulders are as tight as your boss’s ass and your neck feels like it’s been wrung with a wrench. Stress makes you tired and unmotivated. Stress also makes you distracted, focusing on little else but the problems that are stressing you out. The idea of sex becomes too much trouble. But then, lack of sex contributes to your tension level, stressing you out all the more. It can become a vicious cycle. Given the current state of the economy, the instability of employment, and the every day stress of social life and family, stress can become deadly.

No wonder you are just too wiped out to get it up. However, what you really need is to have sex. Yes. I know normally you don’t need to be convinced, but lately the stress is just too much and you can’t even think about going there. Let’s explore the persuasive reasons why getting laid really works as a major stress reliever. Here goes:

The Technicalities

First off, if you really want to get technical about it, having sex brings more oxygen to your body. When engaged in sexual intercourse, you breathe heavier than normal which oxygenates your blood and revitalizes you.  Well, you know where a lot of that empowered blood is going to head (pardon the pun). It’s looking for some relief and I don’t think you ought to disappoint it.

Human Touch

And there’s something to be said about the human touch. Physical contact with another human is a soothing pleasure, unless you’re in some sort of brawl. Touch is an essential need for all humans but especially so when you are stretched to the limit, so to speak.  Her velveteen hand slowly sliding down your chest and stomach aiming straight for the finish line, only to take a detour down your thigh: can you concentrate on your tribulations while that’s going on?  Or maybe she lightly strokes your, ahhh, back and delivers a lubricated massage aimed at working on all that friction.

The Chemistry of it All

If that’s not enough to convince you to hop in the sack the minute she waltzes into sight, here’s some more rationale. Making love boosts all kinds of brain chemicals. Serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins all start going crazy when you get all worked up. As a neurotransmitter, serotonin helps to relay messages from one area of the brain to another. Because of its wide scale stimulus in the body, it is believed to influence a variety of psychological and other body functions. Another transmitter, dopamine, is a chemical messenger that affects the brain processes that control emotional response among other things. And last but not least, the endorphin neurotransmitters are known to cause pain and—here it comes—euphoria. See where I’m, going with this? I know you’re anxiety level is sky high, but a good role in the hay could seriously help bring you down to sea level.


Let’s talk about multitasking. You know you need to involve yourself in good ole aerobic exercise, but who the heck has the time. And for that matter, who wants to take part in something named ‘aerobic’ anyway. It’s no secret that exercise can aid in the relief of stress, but if you’re stressed, why would you want to worry about that?  In addition, there’s a lot to be said for keeping your partner content, you know what I mean? If mama ain’t happy, then nobody’s happy. And lastly, there’s the actual accomplishment of getting off. Talk about stress relief. Okay, aerobic exercise, paying attention to your partner, and relieving yourself of all that pent up energy – if that’s not multitasking I don’t know what is.

Face it, right now you are so stressed out you feel like you just cannot get into it. But make a little effort and you will get big results. Heat up the hot tub; turn on your favorite tunes, whatever floats your boat. Give your wife (or whatever) that look you use to send the message and get into it. You feel like your head I going to explode with all that pressure, but in the end all those woes will at least for a time, be deflated like last week’s birthday balloon.

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