Libido 101: How Stress Could Be Affecting
Your Sexual Performance
Today’s fast-paced environment means more people than ever suffer from stress. Some more frequently than others. Stress is the body’s response to pressure from a stimulus, such as a demanding week at work, the loss of a loved one, or money issues.
If left unchecked, stress can quickly lead to health issues. Some are mental, such as depression or anxiety, where you’re left feeling like you can’t cope. Others affect your physical wellbeing, including low libido.
Sexual performance issues may not be life-threatening, but they can take a toll on your self-esteem, relationships, and life as a whole. Today we’re taking a look at the ways stress can affect your performance in the bedroom, and how you can minimise its impact on your life.
Most people don’t realise the effect stress can have on your hormones. In many cases, hormonal imbalances are the results of too much cortisol - otherwise known as the stress hormone - which starts to overstimulate and affect the body.
You shouldn’t ignore hormonal imbalances. They can affect your heart rate, metabolism, sleep cycles, mood, as well as what happens ‘down there’. If your hormones aren’t functioning well, then your sex drive will suffer, which may even lead to erectile dysfunction or a lower sperm count.
What you can try:
Testosterone therapy, bioidentical hormone therapy, as well as new technologies such as GAINSWave can all be used to treat erectile dysfunction as well as restore your hormones - like testosterone - to their optimal levels. Testosterone is a critical hormone in repairing muscle proteins as well as increasing sexual performance.
Other practical, natural treatments include adding exercise to your daily routine, improving your diet, as well as cutting out smoking or excessive alcohol consumption.
A Foggy Mind
Stress not only affects aspects of your physiological state, but it also takes a toll on your psychological state. With the daily stressors of your work and personal life, it’s little wonder that stress can cloud your mind.
Mind fog causes your mind to become cloudy, distracted and distant from what is going on around you. This inability to think clearly can impact your work, personal, and intimate life, including your ability to perform in the bedroom.
What you can try:
If you want to clear your mind, consider starting yoga or meditation. Yoga can boost your sexual performance and libido, while meditation is a great way to clear the mind and bring your focus back to the present. They both provide great psychological and physiological benefits for your brain (and body)!
Anxiety or depression
Did you know 9% of men suffer from anxiety or depression in the United States?
While a small amount of stress can be useful - it helps motivate you, keep you alert, and even respond to danger - it’s when you become bogged down by life and stress becomes chronic that you can start to develop anxiety or depression.
Anxiety and depression occur when the body fails to turn off or reset the stress receptor after experiencing a stimulator; affecting you mentally, physically and emotionally. Not to mention stress and depression can significantly affect your sexual performance, whether that’s because you’re feeling down or due to antidepressants putting a damper on your libido.
What you can try:
If you’re struggling with depression, it’s always best to talk to someone. Reach out. Make contact. Tell your partner, friend, or a professional what you’re going through. They may be able to help or direct you to someone who can.
Improve your sexual performance by reducing stress
While it’s impossible to remove all stress from your life, there are a few simple things you can start to do to ease the burdens of daily life. Start by talking with someone you trust, introduce yoga, meditation, and light exercise, and shake up your bad eating, drinking, or smoking habits.
In a short time-frame, you should start to see a positive change in your life and your health. If not? You should consider talking with your local health professional about alternative treatment options, including hormone therapy.
If you feel your stress is becoming too much for you, it is always okay to ask for help.