Scientists tell us stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of demand or threat. When you sense danger—whether it’s real or imagined—the body's defenses kick into high gear in a rapid, automatic process known as the “fight-or-flight” reaction, or the stress response. And in today’s world this seems to happen more and more often – think about road rage, political aggravations, global warming, or the fact that Girl Scout cookie season only happens once a year.


Health experts hope to increase awareness about the causes of our modern stress epidemic. Yes, stress kills. Stress can also wear us out and take away our desire for fun and happiness. I could go on and on about the evils of stress. But instead, let’s focus on ways to alleviate some of our stress.



Benefits of Masturbation


Personally, masturbation has always been my go-to stress reliever. And I may not be the only one. According to Reader’s Digest Best Health magazine, masturbation allows you to focus on just one thing, which can help you relax. This also has to do with dopamine, a chemical that your brain releases during sexual activity that gives us a sense of pleasure. Endorphins are also released during masturbation, which gives us a sense of well-being. So besides masturbation, what are some simple ways to de-stress? I like to take a look at all five senses and see where stress can be curbed.



How to De-stress with Sex


Let’s start with scent. How often does a scent bring back a memory for you? Often those memories can relax us and take our minds to another time, another place. For me, I love rich, musky, masculine scents that make me feel pleasantly aroused. Might I recommend the irresistibly sexy scents of Slick Dick’s GUY GREASE by Sir Richards? Offered in three enticing scents, FORCE, MOXIE and VIGOR, these affordable solid colognes create a strong allure and make you want to take deep, relaxing breaths. Ahhhhhh.


Guy Grease Solid Cologne Group Shot

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Taste is my favorite sense. While most of us automatically think a pint of ice cream will melt our stress away, I’m going to recommend a less calorically-harmful option – remember, swimsuit season is around the corner. JIMMYJANE BREATHE ME Kissable Body Scents are designed to leave a sweet alluring taste on your lips. Their three signature flavors, Vanilla, Strawberry and Coconut, impart a comforting flavor that tastes as good as it smells. Whether you’re wearing them for yourself or someone special, these tasty treats are sure to lift your mood and de-stress your mind

 JIMMYJANE BREATHE ME Kissable Body Scents

What You See Is What You Get:


Sight is so important. According to Psychology Today, men’s arousal is extremely sensitive to visual cues. It’s also thought that sight is key to fueling a woman’s fantasies, which in turn act as a welcome, calming escape from everyday stress and pressure. One way to whet your lover’s visual appetite and arouse your own is to try pleasure products that are beautiful, as well as functional. The JIMMYJANE Darker Shades of Sexy set is visually gorgeous and offers inspiring titillation that will remove most stressors right out of your mind.



Reach Out & Touch Someone:


This brings us to touch. Touch is connection and connection can be arousing or serene. Let’s focus on the blissful aspects of touch. Normally I’d recommend old-fashioned massage oil. But what fun would that be? I’d be remiss if I didn’t include my favorite way to give and receive a calming, sensual massage. If you’ve never experienced a massage oil candle, you’re in for a treat! The JIMMYJANE Afterglow Candles are natural massage oil candles that emit provocative aphrodisiac scents and as an added bonus, they melt into a soothing massage oil. Because these little gems are made with soy, they burn at a lower temperature than regular wax candles. The feeling of warm wax being poured on skin is enough to banish stress on its own, but then the geniuses at JIMMYJANE upped their game even further by creating the Contour M Ceramic Massage Stone.

Afterglow Massage Candle in Use

When the melted massage oil from the Afterglow Candle is poured into the cleverly-designed Contour M, the ceramic stone heats up to just the right temperature. Plus, Contour M glides across the body and the massage oil provides just the right amount of slip. The rounded corners of the Contour M make it easy to give a mind-melting massage even with minimal effort.

 

Contour M in Use

According to the Mayo Clinic, sexual activities release positive stress-busting endorphins and can increase self-confidence and lower the symptoms associated with anxiety and depression. So why not make time in your busy life to enjoy one of these recommendations for utilizing your sexuality and senses to alleviate the stress in your life. Cheers to less stress!