Avoid these top sex life killers
Jun 20, 2012, 9:27 a.m.
The human sex drive has a shelf life that's already short enough without us doing things that can send it into a premature spiral. Are you suffering from a low libido? If so, you're not alone. Fortunately, the list of things that you can do to revitalize it is long, as is the list of things you can do to keep it from taking a nosedive. Here's a list of five of the most destructive sex life killers. Whether you're experiencing decreased libido or just want to take measures to prevent it from happening, avoiding these can have a huge positive impact.
Alcohol -- You knew this one was coming, didn't you? While it may be just fine and dandy to occasionally imbibe, don't go expecting that extra glass of wine to put you in a frisky mood. Alcohol actually has a numbing effect on the sex drive, and excessive drinking can cause health problems that interfere with your performance and result in low libido. Not to mention the fact being sloppy drunk isn't exactly the biggest turn-on to our potential partners.
Lack of sleep -- Everybody knows that getting enough rest is important to your health, but did you know that too little sleep can negatively impact your sex drive? It makes sense, especially the older we get and the more energy it requires to swing from the proverbial chandeliers. Remember these words: rest up to get up.
Lack of emotional intimacy -- Sex may be a purely physical act to some, but there's no denying that emotional intimacy can add a new dimension to sex that simply isn't there if you're just going through the motions. If you have unresolved relationship issues with your partner, it's going to get in the way of maintaining a good sex life. For this reason, it's critical to communicate frequently and honestly.
Stress -- You'd think that sex would be a great stress reliever, and it can be. But the catch-22 here is that too much stress can actually result in decreased libido and sometimes in an inability to perform at all. Regardless of the cause -- whether it's family related, money related, or both -- dealing with stress through counseling can result in a return of your snoozing sexual prowess.
Being overweight -- This isn't a knock intended to shame anyone into losing weight. But if you're experiencing an unnaturally low libido and could stand to lose a few pounds, doing so could just be the trick you're looking for to get your body back into the kind of shape that's more conducive to getting physical with your partner. Obesity can also lead to issues of poor body image and low self-esteem, both of which can negatively impact your love life.
Growing older doesn't always equate with a low libido. If you're starting to feel as if you're on the declining end of your ability to perform sexually, there are many things to do and to avoid to slow it down. Who knows? You might even tap into your second wind.
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