Solo and partnered playtime can offer a bounty of benefits. In addition to boosting your mood, improving your skin, increasing self-confidence, and feeling delicious AF, sex reduces stress — which might be the best reason to get in touch with yourself (or someone else) during Stress Awareness Month.
Although those with high levels of stress and anxiety are already well aware of what they're dealing with, April is the time of year that mental health and wellness professionals remind us to practice a little self-care. In between navigating work, relationships, and the 24 hour onslaught of world news and social media, it can feel like there is little space left for calm, so stress-busting masters suggest meditation, yoga, and mindfulness as an antidote. Sex is less frequently cited as a great, cheap way to zap the cycle of anxious thoughts and stress headaches that can take down even the most chill folks, but it is yet another transformative method to get out of your head and into your body.
Clinical Sexologist Rena McDaniel, MEd tells Bustle four effective and fun ways to diminish stress levels and increase your pleasure quotient during Stress Awareness Month — and throughout the year: