No one can deny that this year’s election cycle was a tough one. Winners, losers and everyone in between seem to all be experiencing a whirlwind of emotions.
No matter where you fall on the spectrum, it’s probably safe to assume you’ve been riding the election rollercoaster. Whether you are pumped for the new president-elect or planning your big move to Canada, there are a whole host of ways that the mood swings associated with this race can affect you physically.
One of the most common ways that change manifests in our bodies is through higher stress levels. Fortunately for you, one of the best ways to lower this excess stress is found in our favorite hobby: sex!
Research shows that engaging in sexual contact during times of high stress can reduce anxiety and alter your brain for the better. If you were looking for an excuse to spend more time between the sheets, here it is! It’s time to heal those post-election blues with a little TLC.
Sex Changes Your Brain
According to a 2010 medical study on depression, increased stress levels result in higher levels of cortisol produced by the body. Increased cortisol can lead to long-term anxiety that negatively affects the chemistry of the brain.
In the study, scientists looked at sexually active and stressed out male rats to discover the benefits of rewarding the brain with sexual release. These scientists monitored the levels of stress related chemicals present in the brains of the rats and the ways that exposing them to sexually active female rats altered their long-term happiness.
Good news! The results clearly demonstrated that consistent exposure to sexual gratification calmed the nerves of their frenzied furry friends.
Not only did sex make for more relaxed rats, over time their brains began to heal from the traumas brought on by high stress levels. According to the study, the brains of the rats began to regenerate cell growth in the hippocampus — the area of the brain considered to be the center of emotions and memories, and the powerhouse of the nervous system. While stress may work to deteriorate high-functioning areas of the brain, sex can reverse these effects, leaving you with a stronger mind and a better ability to ward off anxiety. If the next four years have you feeling in a funk, get a head start now by rebuilding your brain in the bedroom.
There are a lot of reasons to have a healthy sex life. Now that the election dust has settled, let your mental health and stress levels be one of them. Who knows? Maybe consistent sexual release could usher in a new wave of peace among the masses.
Do your part and start getting busy!
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Congrats to Mistress Kay of My Kinky World for winning best BDSM in our Valentine's Fantasy Contest. Her three-way poolside pegging fantasy definitely left us hot and bothered!
Clang! I pull the name badge off from around my neck and drop it unceremoniously onto the glass-topped table next to my chair. Enjoying the weekend at a kink conference with two of my play partners had been a fantastic idea. Both my submissives, we had enjoyed some spanking and orgasm torture scenes the night before, and we were looking forward to today's activities of relaxation. The room's humidity told me that something besides the leather dress I was wearing might have been more conducive to relaxation, though.
This afternoon, the three of us are enjoying one of the amazing features of this conference: a hotel swimming pool with no clothes required and no rules in place. Various people are strewn throughout the deep water including a couple that's having sex on one of the sides of the pool. A bit adverse to messing up our make-up and hair so early in the day, my female submissive and I sit, clothed, in the poolside chairs while we watch my male submissive swim leisurely around the pool without a strip of clothing on his body.
Congrats to Cheyenne, who packed an amazing amount of Sportsheets products in her sexy entry to our Valentine's Fantasy Contest. Not surprisingly, she won the "Best Use of sex toys award. Enjoy!
My fantasy starts out at home. I'm getting ready to take a shower and I think I heard something in the other room. I go to check it out but nothing is there.
I take my clothes off and jump in the shower. I reach for my Vibrating Mesh Sponge to pleasure myself. I put my foot on my Single Locking Suction Foot Rest, then I begin to feel the power of my sponge. Just as I'm about to shower all over the shower I hear someone again in the other room. Babe is that you? I call out but no one answers. Now I'm starting to get nervous! All my senses are high. I hurry and finish my shower so I can find out what's going on.
Congrats to Elena, winner of the most romantic entry in our Valentine's Fantasy Contest!
Elena was just getting home… thinking to herself – Oh, another Valentine’s Day! Henry probably forgot… being so busy with getting his car detailed and buffed. Hmpt! I wouldn’t mind by buffed myself!
She entered her home and it was dark… She thought: Yep, Henry forgot about our dinner tonight… oh well! Then she stopped – Wait… what was that noise? Did someone break into the house… no… that’s music. Burglers don’t usually put on romantic music!