Sex and intimacy are positive, exciting topics for some, yet uncomfortable and even difficult for others to talk about.
This is because they hold a lot of weight on our hearts, minds, and bodies.
Although sex and intimacy are not the same, they often come together. Intimacy is a feeling of emotional connection and allows bonding with your partner. On the other hand, sex is the physical act of love and attraction, and for some, it represents the ultimate expression of intimacy.
Whether in a relationship or living your best single life, healthy intimacy and sex can improve your overall well-being.
Why Should You Have Sex?
Not only can sex feel good, but it can also have a positive impact on your physical, mental, and social health.
Physical Health Benefits
First, sex causes the release of a hormone called oxytocin, which you might know as the “love” or “cuddle” hormone. It lowers blood pressure and causes the release of endorphins, which can help you sleep better.
Regular sexual activity can even boost your immune system by stimulating the production of antibodies, protecting you against infections. Sex also acts as a natural painkiller and helps eliminate and reduce headaches as well as menstrual cramps.
Finally, if you are a woman, sex can strengthen your pelvic floor muscles and help with bladder control. If you continue to have sex after menopause, you are less likely to suffer from vaginal atrophy, a condition that can cause urinary symptoms and painful intercourse.
For men specifically, sex can even decrease the chance of prostate cancer.
Mental and Social Health Benefits
Studies have also shown that regular sexual activity can reduce stress and anxiety, improve self-esteem, and increase overall happiness.
How To Maintain Intimate Sexual Relationships
As we talked about earlier, although sex and intimacy are not the same, they are closely related. As you become more intimate with your partner, you are also more likely to have a better sex life together.
It all starts with intimacy.
You can use positive affirmations and compliments to improve intimacy with your partner. You must also keep the communication line between you two open to discuss your feelings and needs and ensure consent.
Creating intimacy takes time, so you should make sure to set aside date nights and create occasions for you two to discuss and perform intimate acts from cuddling, kissing to sex.
When it comes to sex, learn, and explore your partner’s desires. You should also be honest and open about your preferences and clearly communicate what you like in the bedroom.
How to Foster a Positive Approach to Sex?
To have a positive approach to sex means being comfortable with your sexual identity and desires. If you feel awkward discussing sex, there are things you can do.
- First, the more you know about something, the easier it is to talk about it. Try reading educational books or listening to podcasts about sex, sexuality, relationships, love, and intimacy.
- Learn to love yourself first. Having a positive body image and accepting your limits and desires can also help you have a more positive outlook on sex.
Lastly, when it comes to sex, do not forget to have fun and let go of the pressure to perform. When it comes to sexual experiences, there will be hits and misses, with each opportunity being its own learning experience. Allow yourself to enjoy the journey and build relationships on trust, intimacy, and healthy connection.