Sexual Health Week: Has lockdown affected your sex drive?
Wednesday, 16 September · 2 min read

Life has changed a lot in recent months and you may be feeling more stressed and anxious than usual.

Added stress and anxiety can have a range of effects on your health, including a low sex drive (libido).

If you've been feeling less interested in sex lately, your sex drive may eventually go back to whatever is normal for you. But there are things you can try in the meantime to help give it a boost.

Talk to your partner

If you’re in a relationship, sharing your feelings may help you to work through your problems. You may find a compromise that makes you both happy, while talking through your issues may prevent your partner from feeling rejected.

Regular exercise

Exercise releases feel-good chemicals called endorphins that boost your mood. It's also thought to improve sleep, which can help you manage stress and increase your sex drive. Aim for 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week, such as brisk walking.

Mindfulness, yoga or deep breathing

These mind-body techniques may help to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. They’re also easy to practice at home.

Limit alcohol

A small amount of alcohol may increase sexual desire, but drinking too much can reduce sex drive.

Quote of the day

Sex is an emotion in motion.

Mae West, actor

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