A Sexy Cure for the Post-Election Blues
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 roller coaster. 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.