Humans need connection with others, both physical and emotional, and once your significant other shows up, the need for that connection becomes even stronger. Of course, getting intimate with your partner is the most natural thing in the world, as it allows the two of you to truly reach out to one another. Physically, the act itself is extremely beneficial, as the workout aspect of it all affects your health positively. But that’s not all. Intimacy is crucial for improving your mental health, too.
1. Intimacy provides stress relief
Stress is one of the biggest health enemies these days and rightfully so. Not only do you feel miserable and worn out when you’re stressed all the time, but the state can actually affect you physically. That said, you might experience headaches, hair loss, sleeping problems, muscle tension, and so on. What’s more, stress can up your blood pressure and even lead to cardiovascular issues. Obviously, your goal should be to enjoy as many stress-relieving activities as possible.
As you can probably guess, being intimate with your loving partner is a great way to combat and reduce stress. The release of happy chemicals in the brain promotes deep relaxation and calmness. With minimized stress-induced anxiety, your health can improve a lot.
2. Increased self-esteem
It’s true that there’s a lot of pressure from modern media to lead a sexually active life and have a regular romantic partner. Obviously, it’s never good to succumb to this kind of pressure, but there is some truth behind it when it comes to intimacy in particular. Essentially, the physical and emotional connection with a partner that’s only made more meaningful through sexual act is known to effectively boost one’s sense of self-esteem and self-worth.
Of course, no one needs to be intimate with another in order to live, but if the sexual aspect of life is minimal or completely non-existent, the situation can definitely take its toll and cause the person to withdraw. Avoiding social occasions and opportunities to go out due to the lack of self-esteem often leads to even bigger mental and emotional issues.
3. Learn more about yourself
Undoubtedly, having sex with someone means that you’ll get to know that person more intimately in every sense of that word. However, the mental benefits of regular sexual activity and deep connection with your romantic partner allow you to further familiarize yourself with – yourself.
Your inner world, the things you like, different sides to your personality, the freedom to try something new, and so on, are all things that can make you stronger, more confident, and more knowledgeable about who you truly are. With the right partner, you can easily try out different poses and rituals, as well as enjoy exciting sex toys that will help both of you accept your own preferences and finally open up to each other about them. The liberation in this case benefits your mental health tremendously.
4. Feel younger to feel better
It seems that regular sexual activity makes you look younger by a couple of years, which ultimately lets you feel younger as well. And, we all know just how important feeling young (and looking youthful and radiant) is for our mental health. After all, we live in a society that places a lot of value on the outer appearance, and when you feel confident in your youthful and radiant self you’re also more open to exploring emotional and physical connections with your partner even further; it’s suddenly easier to enjoy life and feel content and happy with who you are.
Regular intimacy, as mentioned, benefits your mental health greatly, but if you don’t have an active sexual life at the moment, there’s no need to worry or stress over it. Keep in mind that true benefits come from the deep emotional connection with your significant other that translates into physical. Pushing yourself into relationships just for the sake of having a relationship won’t do you a lot of good. Sometimes, it’s better to wait for the right person to come your way.