Tuesday, September 1, 2009

September is Marriage Health Month

It's time to take a look at your relationship and check the vital signs: Is your temperature hot enough? How about your reflexes; are you reacting to your partner the way you should? Are you keeping check on your blood pressure? What about exercise? Are you "working out" enough?

Today marks the beginning of Marriage Health month, which gives all of us the chance to look at our relationships and take stock of their vitality. At Ambiance, we want to help you make sure that one of the most important aspects of your marriage is in optimal health: your sex life.

Sex is an integral part of a healthy marriage. It strengthens both the physical and the emotional bond you share, plus it provides many intrinsic, individual benefits.

Sex...
Relieves stress.
Boosts immunity.
Burns calories.
Improves cardiovascular health.
Boosts self esteem.
Reduces pain.
Increases intimacy.
Reduces prostate cancer risk in men.
Strengthens pelvic floor muscles in women.
Helps you sleep better.

With all of these health benefits, you'd think sex would be part of every marriage's daily routine. Unfortunately, daily life can get in the way of intimacy in the form of fatigue and distractions.

This month, we'll be offering some tips and ideas on how best to revive your sex life. Whether your libidos are on life support or just need a routine check up, we encourage you to check in with us every Tuesday for your prescription for a healthier sex life. We promise... this won't hurt a bit.

Today's diagnostic: The Stress Test

It may seem hard to believe when your heart is pounding with anxiety and your head is swirling with things that need to be done, but having sex is one of the best ways to get rid of unhealthy stress.

Sex and stress are linked in several ways. Most of us instinctively know this already, and feel it unmistakably when a particularly stressful week or two zaps us of our sex drive. But while stress can have a hand in low libido, it can also be a great stress reliever, which is why jokes about uptight bosses needing a good roll in the hay are always good for at least one knowing chuckle. -Elizabeth Scott, M.S., About.com's Stress Management Expert
In her essay, The Links Between Sex and Stress, Ms. Scott discusses the cycle of how stress affects sex lives: sex can relieve stress you are currently feeling, and the less stress you feel, the more sex you have. It just takes one or two instances of pushing through the feeling of "I don't want to be touched, I'm too stressed," before the cycle begins to take hold. Letting yourself go, and giving in to a partner's seduction is the first step to greater overall stress relief.

Additionally, achieving orgasm helps your blood pressure and releases endorphins throughout the body. These actual biological changes, coupled with the emotional intimacy and attachment you're sharing with your partner, will put you well on the way to better marital (sexual) health.

Not convinced? Your prescription: Read How to Get in the Mood When You're Too Stressed for Sex. No more excuses.

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