Masturbation can help you learn what you like sexually, and, well, it just feels good! But did you know that masturbation can be great for your mental health, too?
Aside from making you feel ahhhmazing, masturbation is an excellent tool for de-stressing. While masturbation alone isn’t an effective treatment for mental health conditions, it can relieve some symptoms, such as those resulting from burnout.
(If you’re not already masturbating regularly, you might want to add it into your routine)
Not convinced yet? No stress!
We’ve got the scoop on keeping burnout at bay with a lil bit of self-love.
What is burnout?
Psychologist Herbert Freudenberger coined the term “burnout” in the 1970s to define an intense stress condition that results in extreme physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion. Burnout, which is more severe than fatigue, makes it difficult for people to cope with stress and perform day-to-day tasks.
People who are burnt out frequently feel they have nothing more to contribute and may dread getting out of bed each morning.
Burnout doesn’t just disappear on its own; if it’s not treated, it can lead to other serious mental and physical illnesses.
Symptoms of burnout
Feeling physically and emotionally depleted. Headaches, stomachaches, and changes in eating or sleeping patterns are all possible physical signs.
People who are burned out often feel overwhelmed. As a result, they may withdraw from socializing and confide in friends, family, and coworkers.
People who are burned out may fantasize about running away or taking a solitary trip because they are dissatisfied with the never-ending responsibilities of their job.
Burnout might make it easier to lose one’s cool with friends, coworkers, and family members. Coping with everyday concerns such as preparing for a work meeting, taking kids to school, and tending to domestic responsibilities may often become overwhelming, especially when things don’t go as planned.
Burnout, like other forms of long-term stress, can weaken your immune system, leaving you more vulnerable to colds, flu, and sleeplessness.
How masturbation can prevent burnout
We all know that masturbation feels great. But, truthfully, sexual pleasure is a necessary aspect of self-care. Giving yourself pleasure should be as important as eating breakfast and combing your hair. Why?
The brain…it’s where all the action’s at!
Masturbation involves more than just your nether regions. So, when you’re getting your Booster Rabbit buzz on, here’s what’s happening between your ears:
Hormone and chemical release
Sexual pleasure or orgasm causes the release of hormones and chemicals in the brain’s pleasure-reward system.
Also sometimes known as the “happiness” hormone, dopamine is a neurotransmitter involved in motivation, movement, and reward-seeking.
This hormone promotes a feeling of love, positive social interaction, development, and healing.
An important neurotransmitter, serotonin, is responsible for promoting feelings of well-being and happiness. There is also a relationship between increased serotonin levels and improved mood.
These are “feel-good” chemicals that relieve pain more effectively than morphine. They are in charge of the pleasant rush or high associated with exercise.
Prolactin is a hormone that stimulates physiological responses such as reproduction, stress management, and emotional modulation.
These neurotransmitters are important for rewarding activities, including exercise, social engagement, and eating. They also aid in regulating pain, inflammation, metabolism, cardiovascular function, learning and memory, anxiety, depression, and addiction.
Norepinephrine or noradrenaline:
This stimulating neurotransmitter promotes and controls dopamine transmission, which is associated with happiness levels.
Adrenaline reduces stress by regulating heart rate, blood vessel and airway diameters, and aspects of metabolism.
Wash stress away with waves of pleasure
The release of hormones can result in the following health benefits:
Reduced stress and anxiety
The release of oxytocin appears to reduce stress hormones like cortisol while encouraging relaxation. Prolactin also assists with the regulation of stress responses.
All of that delightful oxytocin also contributes to our overall well-being. In addition to being a superb pain reliever, research suggests that this lovely little hormone also helps reduce anxiety. (Now that’s something we could all do with right now!)
FYI…you don’t even have to orgasm to experience these benefits. Your brain naturally releases the chemical serotonin during foreplay and sexual excitement, which helps to boost sexual satisfaction and regulate mood. Self-love provides the perfect combination of brain-balancing benefits.
We all know the benefits of getting the right amount of quality sleep.
Masturbation triggers the release of neurotransmitters and hormones that assist in lowering tension and blood pressure while also boosting relaxation, which may make falling asleep easier.
A 2019 research of 778 people discovered that people are likely to sleep better post-orgasm. Many respondents reported that masturbating helped them fall asleep faster and sleep better.
Endorphins are painkillers produced by the body. Endocannabinoids are also known to aid in the regulation of pain and inflammation. These natural pain relievers can also ease menstrual cramps.
According to a 2013 study, sexual activity can provide partial or total relief from migraines and certain cluster headaches.
Immune system boosting
Masturbation increases prolactin and endocannabinoids, which assist with immune system regulation. It also increases stress-reducing chemicals and neurotransmitters.
Masturbation may boost hormone levels related to a good mood, such as dopamine, oxytocin, and endorphins.
Increase your self-esteem
Masturbation might cause an increase in adrenaline levels. According to researchers, higher amounts of salivary and urine adrenaline are associated with higher degrees of personal growth or a feeling of life purpose. Learning to please oneself may be powerful and enhance one’s body image.
Prolactin has a neuroprotective effect, which reduces brain damage in reaction to stress. Dopamine appears to contribute to healthy cognition as well. Sexual activity boosted recollection and number sequencing in older males and in older females aged 50-89, according to a 2016 study.
Reduced blood pressure
Stress can raise blood pressure. Oxytocin and endocannabinoids can also aid in blood pressure reduction.
Self-love & good vibes are key to a healthier you
Being under constant stress might lead to burnout. In addition to the traditional therapeutic strategy (which includes eating a balanced diet, frequent exercise, and getting a good night’s sleep), masturbation is a fantastic tool that may avoid this stressed condition.
Avoid burnout by including self-care in your everyday practice. Whether you’re working long hours, caring for small children, or even writing exams…be kind to your mind, body, and soul!
Make time to listen to your body and give yourself the gift of self-love and divine pleasure.