Pleasure is the ultimate form of sexual self-care or self-care in general. Pleasure is an important part of a happy healthy life and a priority in general self-care and sexual self-care. It encompasses all the points before it and more.
Valuing your pleasure is a part of valuing, accepting and loving yourself. It can be a great way to support your mental health. Having said that it can be hard for many women to stop and take care of themselves first because we are taught to take care of others.
Masturbation is a way to incorporate pleasure into your self-care and your sexual self-care. Masturbation can be a stress relief and self-soothing. It is a natural and healthy way to enhance mood, promote emotional regulation and a great way to slow down, spend time alone and reconnect with yourself.
It is not always easy to let yourself indulge in pure self-pleasure like masturbation. It can be overwhelming, but masturbating is a great way to get to know your own desires, both in and out of the bedroom. Masturbation is a great tool for stress reduction because of the release of endorphins that can happen during self-pleasure. This is why it can be a great sleep aid, so try masturbating before bedtime because your orgasm triggers the release of oxytocin, which may help to relieve stress and help your sleep.
Some people have reported that after a month of masturbating more regularly—about 4 to 6 times per week that they felt better, more relaxed, slept better, more focused and increased their productivity. Add in things you enjoy and that brings you pleasure outside of anything sexual and you will notice that you feel a whole lot lighter.
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