Does Stress kill Your Libido? How to increase your S.e.x Drive Every Time
Stress can infiltrate our lives in the bedroom, making it difficult for one to pursue or enjoy any kind of intimacy.
But there are ways to increase libido and boost your libido without medical intervention, said Kyle Buchanan, a Toronto-based wellness expert.
“A big libido killer is stress. If your body is stressed all the time, the last thing it wants to do is [have sex], “he told hosts on Global News’ The Morning Show.
Stress can increase the production of the hormone cortisol in the body, which can suppress our sex hormones, creating a lower libido, explained Buchanan.
A study published last year by BodyLogicMD, a medical practice network, found that 51 percent of respondents reported “dead rooms” due to work stress.
“Dead rooms” refers to a sexless relationship that can last from several months to several years, according to a previous report from Global News.
Lack of communication between partners can increase stress in the bedroom and many people become more anxious if their self-esteem isn’t high, said Heather Kent, psychotherapist and author in a previous report.
“Most of the time, stress isn’t really about sex itself … there’s usually something bigger,” she said.
It could be something from a lack of connection with your partner or from anxiety and depression, she explained.
How to increase libido and combat stress
Managing stress becomes easier when you are better connected to your partner, said Toronto-based psychotherapist Susan Valentine in a previous Global News report.
“When you are connected with your partner, you are actually better able to manage stress at work or any other stress,” she said. “Set dates at least once a week and don’t break the date.”
Work to be more physically connected throughout the day, like cuddling each morning before work, she said.
In addition to working on your emotional connection with your partner, Buchanan recommends natural aphrodisiacs and libido boosters that can help you feel better.
He recommends foods that have been linked to increased libido, such as chocolate, pistachios and saffron.
Always consult your doctor before introducing supplements into your diet, said Buchanan.