Masturbation: The Sexy Meditation Alternative

Sure, it’s kind of a taboo subject, but, let’s face it—we all have a lot of questions about masturbation. While not everyone masturbates, perhaps more of us should. Solo sex can be incredibly beneficial for the body, encouraging a myriad of physical benefits—such as improved sleep, reduced likelihood of prostate cancer, boosted immunity and improved sex drive. However, solo sex also offers untold benefits for your mind-body balance. If you are at all insecure about your body or your sexuality, here are 5 reasons masturbation might be a healing wellness activity to help you begin to appreciate yourself.

Fill your body with feel-good hormones. It’s well-documented that masturbation releases all sorts of feel-good hormones, like oxytocin, testosterone and dopamine. The boost in these hormones causes your stress hormone, cortisol, to naturally decline. This creates a calming environment in the mind and body, and the reduced cortisol can help thwart stress-induced inflammation, stress-induced weight gain, and even insomnia.

Enjoy less comfort food cravings. When your dopamine (happiness) and oxytocin (love and bonding) hormones soar, you’ll feel more at peace. This leads to a reduced urge to binge on comfort foods, at least temporarily. Fatty, salty and sweet foods are a constant allure because they make us temporarily feel good, sometimes for an unhealthy price. If constant snacking or stress-eating is your vice, masturbation may be able to help you relax through another, more beneficial outlet.

Disconnect from stress. The release of oxytocin and dopamine means you will experience a sense of calmness after masturbation that can keep you relaxed and smiling through a significant portion of your day. It’s a form of release that is healthier than drinking alcohol or stress-eating Ben & Jerry’s—in the long run, it’s cheaper, too! If you feel wound up, perhaps you just need a little sexual release.

Start to feel great naked. Self-love is important. It is essential to have confidence in our bodies—especially women, as they are particularly prone to poor body image and subjected to unattainable beauty standards. Many of us are incredibly uncomfortable with our unclothed bodies. Without clothes, there is nothing to hide our perceived ‘flaws’. But, don’t let that be the case! Practice some ‘self-love’ in the literal sense—spend more time in the nude—to improve your confidence and feelings of self-worth. Loving and getting to intimately know your body through solo sex can be one of the first steps towards accepting and loving yourself as you are. Take to the sheets solo to build some confidence and have some fun, or just sit down on your bed to indulge in a good book sans clothes—just allow your beautiful, sexy self to ‘love yourself’.

Live in the moment. That’s right—when you’re masturbating, you’re existing entirely in the moment. You’re not thinking about the work you have to do in an hour or how embarrassed you felt when you ripped the crotch of your pants at work. Masturbation doesn’t work so well when you are distracted, meaning it’s sort of like meditation’s sexier counterpart. No, masturbation cannot replace mediation. But, hey, every little bit of mindfulness helps.

According to the National Survey of Sex and Behavior conducted by Indiana State University, most of us masturbate—some more regularly than others. And with wellness perks like these, its popularity is hard to deny. So, if you’re feeling a little down, maybe you should jump on board. It’s time to start loving yourself. Really.

Related
6 Reasons You Should Sleep Naked
How to Give Your Partner a Better Massage
Messiness May Breed Creativity

230 comments

Ellie M
Ellie M1 months ago

ty

SEND
W. C
W. C3 months ago

Thank you.

SEND
William C
William C3 months ago

Thanks.

SEND
Ellie M
Ellie M7 months ago

ty

SEND
Leong S
Leong Sabout a year ago

ty

SEND
Miriam Site issues

Thank you for sharing!

SEND
Olivia H.
Past Member 2 years ago

thank you

SEND
Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne R2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

SEND
Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne R2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

SEND
Melissa DogLover
Melissa DogLover2 years ago

TMI... but thanks anyway

SEND