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How Masturbation Can Calm Your Nervous System

Imagine if there was a tool we all innately possessed that could help regulate our nervous system while also bringing us pleasure. Surprise, surprise there is and it’s called masturbation. 


Masturbation is the self stimulation of erogenous zones, and more specifically the genitals, for self pleasure. It is a natural and normal activity for everyone! However, society’s mixed messages about the ethics of masturbation can create unnecessary guilt and stress, completely overshadowing its potential to be a tool for wellbeing. In fact, masturbation can calm your nervous system, alleviate anxiety, reduce stress and so much more. 


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The Science of Masturbation and Stress Relief


Masturbation has several physiological effects that contribute to stress relief and the calming of the nervous system. Here’s how:

  1. Release of Endorphins: Masturbation triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers and mood enhancers. These chemicals can create feelings of euphoria and relaxation, similar to the effects of exercise.

  2. Reduction of Cortisol Levels: Cortisol is known as the stress hormone. High levels of cortisol can lead to chronic stress and anxiety. Masturbation has been shown to reduce cortisol levels, which helps in managing stress and promoting relaxation.

  3. Activation of the Parasympathetic Nervous System: The parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for the 'rest and digest' response in the body. Masturbation activates this system, leading to a slower heart rate, relaxed muscles, and a calm state of mind.

  4. Improved Sleep Quality: The release of oxytocin and prolactin during orgasm can promote better sleep. Good sleep is crucial for overall health and plays a significant role in stress management.

  5. Muscle Relaxation: The physical act of masturbation can lead to muscle relaxation. The tension release can ease physical symptoms of stress and help you feel more at ease.


Embracing Masturbation for Stress Relief


Overcoming societal stigma and personal guilt around masturbation can open the door to numerous health benefits. Here’s how you can start embracing masturbation for its stress-relieving properties:


  1. Educate Yourself: Learn about the scientific benefits of masturbation. Knowledge can help dismantle misconceptions and reduce guilt.

  2. Open Communication: If you have a partner, discuss masturbation openly. Mutual understanding can alleviate feelings of inadequacy and promote a healthier relationship.

  3. Mindfulness Practice: Approach masturbation mindfully. Focus on the sensations and allow yourself to fully experience the relaxation it can bring.

  4. Create a Comfortable Environment: Set up a relaxing space where you feel safe and comfortable. This can enhance the calming effects of masturbation.

  5. Integrate it into Your Routine: Consider incorporating masturbation into your self-care routine. It’s a simple, natural way to manage stress and promote well-being.


And, just like that, that’s a wrap for a wonderful Masturbation May! I hope that you all have been deeply enjoying the month and all that masturbation has to offer.

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