Like many aspects of our lives, our performance is at the mercy of our physical and our mental wellbeing. What some might not consider is that this is true of our sex drive as well. The last thing we want to do when we feel down is to engage in intimacy, but the real issue stems from the cyclical nature of this situation. 

Consider the hormones being produced when you’re stressed over something like work. A natural response from your body in order to protect the metabolism that your stress is attacking, these hormones render us tired, sluggish, and may ultimately lead to weight gain or other unsavory symptoms.

Your body’s hormones can be powerful agents of inspiration or lethargy when put to the task. Elevated cortisol levels (a beneficial hormone in moderation) will diminish sex drive, can decrease fertility, and can even change your hormone cascades, but like all of the intricacies of your body, your understanding of its natural responses can be put to work in positive ways as well! A great deal of research indicates that an active lifestyle will reduce stress, as will meditation, deep breathing, proper nutrition, and other components of balance.

As important as treating stress is identifying what might cause it, proactively. Shaping your perspective to better deal with life’s twists and turns may yield powerful results in the long run, and can be critical for ongoing health, especially in women. That’s because a woman’s pituitary gland, which controls the thyroid, adrenal glands, and ovaries, is also susceptible to the effects of stress.

Luckily (for most), stress isn’t permanent. It’s often a sensation that will pass with time, and the right activities can usher in positive sentiments and a healthier libido. Better still, these beneficial activities are often felt in other components of your life as well! Things like exercising regularlymanaging your nutritionmeditation, reading, and pursuing the things that make you happy will get you back to where you need to be, in and out of the bedroom.

From a fitness perspective, Cornerstone is also proud to be home to the FIT-NUT program, where a professional coach walks participants through custom-designed exercise and nutrition plans catered to the individual. It’s a phenomenal program, and we advocate for it highly! Check out our dedicated fitness page, or contact us here for more information.

Cornerstone Naturopathic Team

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