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"Hi, I need something to make a guy cum in his pants as soon as he sees me."- Samantha Jones
When's the last time you said that to a salesperson while buying lingerie?
Heck, when's the last time you needed to buy lingerie for a fun sexual escapade?
According to a study published by the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior it's probably been a hot minute. In this study, researchers found young women today are having less sex than any other generation in 60 years.
The Millennial girls who grew up binge watching Sex and the City and giggling while Samantha tried to bone a priest, are not having much sex at all.
In fact, the research here shows our grandmas had more sex in their 20s than we are… Even though they probably waited to have sex until they were married.
What is that about?
Most of society no longer shames us for participating in premarital sex. We are sexually fluid and open. We have Tinder - a hookup is literally one swipe away.
So why does our sex life suck so much?
Why are 50% of millennial-age women dissatisfied with the sex they are having?
The research points to a number of libido busting issues. We are busy. We are obsessed with our career, hate online dating, stress too much, and have a deep fear of becoming emotionally involved with a 'f*ckboy'.
But the research also pointed to something a little darker and more troublesome.
Millions of us have anxiety and depression. And the numbers just keep rising. Today over 40 million adults are suffering from anxiety. And Millennials, well we are a big chunk of that statistic. Some experts even call us, the most anxious generation of all times.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and I don't play one on the internet.
So I won't tell anyone how they should deal with their anxiety. Or if they should or shouldn't take antidepressants. Only your doctor can tell you that…
What I can say is that antidepressants can really kill your sexual mojo. But beyond antidepressants, it's not really fun to have sex when you're anxious. I mean how exciting could it be, if you are spending every second during sex worrying about all the emails you need to answer?
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But there is good news.
Today there are natural ways to relieve anxiety, that don't have the same side effects as pharmaceuticals. You may have even heard about it… It's called CBD. (And if your sex life is nonexistent, keep reading. This could be just as important as any vibrator you have in your nightstand.)
New to CBD? Here's what you need to know.
CBD is a cannabinoid (chemical compound) found in the cannabis plant. There are over 100 cannabinoids in the plant. CBD and THC are the 2 predominant cannabinoids. Each cannabinoid is beneficial in their own unique way.
But CBD is non-psychoactive which means it does not get you high unlike its sister compound THC.
What are the benefits of CBD?
CBD really acts like a “smart" molecule that can bring balance to your body and reduce inflammation, which is why it has so many therapeutic benefits. It can be used for menstrual cramps, anxiety relief, addiction, heart health, skin care, you name it.
In medical settings, it has been used to increase appetite in cancer patients, relieve pain, and treat everything from Parkinson's disease, to diabetes to sleep disorders.
How does CBD Work?
Each one of us has an Endocannabinoid System inside our body, or what we like to call an ECS. The ECS is key in regulating our mood and how our body feels every single day. This system has two receptors: CB1 and CB2. CB2 receptors are found mostly in the immune system, and can reduce inflammation and certain kinds of emotional and physical pain.
Research shows that CB2 is affected in a positive way by CBD. CBD works by indirectly stimulating these same receptors, helping the body heal itself by balancing the endocannabinoid system.
Wait! Is CBD Legal?
YES! Most CBD that is ethically sourced from hemp (not marijuana) is legally available to anyone in the United States.
My Favorite CBD for Anxiety: Sunday Scaries
What can I say, I have a thing for gummy bears.
Plus, everytime I take any of the Sunday Scaries products I feel like my nervous system just got a giant hug. Within minutes you will get that calm alert feeling, without the high. They are 100% safe and THC free.
You can shop all natural CBD products on https://forsundayscaries.com
Currently they have three products, the OG Sunday Scaries Gummies, The Vegan AF Gummies, that have no gelatin, and The Sunday Scaries Tincture. Each product is made with the highest quality CBD sourced directly from family-owned hemp farms in Colorado. These farms are regulated by the states' Agriculture Departments, which means this CBD is organic and pesticide free.
Every product is also free of gluten, dairy, yeast, egg, soy and peanuts, so you never have to feel bad when getting your zen on.
To further relieve your stress and anxiety they've incorporated vitamins B12 and D3, well known to be effective mood boosters.
So next time you light some candles, slip into your skivvies and blast that Boys to Men, try a little CBD.
And remember CBD isn't just for Sundays.
And a good sex life isn't just for the Samantha Jones. Or your grandma. ;)
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With a lack of certainty surrounding the future, being and feeling healthy may help bring the security that you need during these unpredictable times.
When it comes to your health, there is a direct relationship between nutrition and physical activity that play an enormous part in physical, mental, and social well-being. As COVID-19 continues to impact almost every aspect of our lives, the uncertainty of the future may seem looming. Sometimes improvisation is necessary, and understanding how to stay healthy and fit can significantly help you manage your well-being during these times.
Tip 1: Communicate with your current wellness providers and set a plan
Gyms, group fitness studios, trainers, and professionals can help you to lay out a plan that will either keep you on track through all of the changes and restrictions or help you to get back on the ball so that all of your health objectives are met.
Most facilities and providers are setting plans to provide for their clients and customers to accommodate the unpredictable future. The key to remaining consistent is to have solid plans in place. This means setting a plan A, plan B, and perhaps even a plan C. An enormous amount is on the table for this coming fall and winter; if your gym closes again, what is your plan? If outdoor exercising is not an option due to the weather, what is your plan? Leaving things to chance will significantly increase your chances of falling off of your regimen and will make consistency a big problem.
The key to remaining consistent is to have solid plans in place. This means setting a plan A, plan B, and perhaps even a plan C.
Tip 2: Stay active for both mental and physical health benefits
The rise of stress and anxiety as a result of the uncertainty around COVID-19 has affected everyone in some way. Staying active by exercising helps alleviate stress by releasing chemicals like serotonin and endorphins in your brain. In turn, these released chemicals can help improve your mood and even reduce risk of depression and cognitive decline. Additionally, physical activity can help boost your immune system and provide long term health benefits.
With the new work-from-home norm, it can be easy to bypass how much time you are spending sedentary. Be aware of your sitting time and balance it with activity. Struggling to find ways to stay active? Start simple with activities like going for a walk outside, doing a few reps in exchange for extra Netflix time, or even setting an alarm to move during your workday.
Tip 3: Start slow and strong
If you, like many others during the pandemic shift, have taken some time off of your normal fitness routine, don't push yourself to dive in head first, as this may lead to burnout, injury, and soreness. Plan to start at 50 percent of the volume and intensity of prior workouts when you return to the gym. Inactivity eats away at muscle mass, so rather than focusing on cardio, head to the weights or resistance bands and work on rebuilding your strength.
Be aware of your sitting time and balance it with activity.
Tip 4: If your gym is open, prepare to sanitize
In a study published earlier this year, researchers found drug-resistant bacteria, the flu virus, and other pathogens on about 25 percent of the surfaces they tested in multiple athletic training facilities. Even with heightened gym cleaning procedures in place for many facilities, if you are returning to the gym, ensuring that you disinfect any surfaces before and after using them is key.
When spraying disinfectant, wait a few minutes to kill the germs before wiping down the equipment. Also, don't forget to wash your hands frequently. In an enclosed space where many people are breathing heavier than usual, this can allow for a possible increase in virus droplets, so make sure to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Staying in the know and preparing for new gym policies will make it easy to return to these types of facilities as protocols and mutual respect can be agreed upon.
Tip 5: Have a good routine that extends outside of just your fitness
From work to working out, many routines have faltered during the COVID pandemic. If getting back into the routine seems daunting, investing in a new exercise machine, trainer, or small gadget can help to motivate you. Whether it's a larger investment such as a Peloton, a smaller device such as a Fitbit, or simply a great trainer, something new and fresh is always a great stimulus and motivator.
Make sure that when you do wake up well-rested, you are getting out of your pajamas and starting your day with a morning routine.
Just because you are working from home with a computer available 24/7 doesn't mean you have to sacrifice your entire day to work. Setting work hours, just as you would in the office, can help you to stay focused and productive.
A good night's sleep is also integral to obtaining and maintaining a healthy and effective routine. Adults need seven or more hours of sleep per night for their best health and wellbeing, so prioritizing your sleep schedule can drastically improve your day and is an important factor to staying healthy. Make sure that when you do wake up well-rested, you are getting out of your pajamas and starting your day with a morning routine. This can help the rest of your day feel normal while the uncertainty of working from home continues.
Tip 6: Focus on food and nutrition
In addition to having a well-rounded daily routine, eating at scheduled times throughout the day can help decrease poor food choices and unhealthy cravings. Understanding the nutrients that your body needs to stay healthy can help you stay more alert, but they do vary from person to person. If you are unsure of your suggested nutritional intake, check out a nutrition calculator.
If you are someone that prefers smaller meals and more snacks throughout the day, make sure you have plenty of healthy options, like fruits, vegetables and lean proteins available (an apple a day keeps the hospital away). While you may spend most of your time from home, meal prepping and planning can make your day flow easier without having to take a break to make an entire meal in the middle of your work day. Most importantly, stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
Tip 7: Don't forget about your mental health
While focusing on daily habits and routines to improve your physical health is important, it is also a great time to turn inward and check in with yourself. Perhaps your anxiety has increased and it's impacting your work or day-to-day life. Determining the cause and taking proactive steps toward mitigating these occurrences are important.
For example, with the increase in handwashing, this can also be a great time to practice mini meditation sessions by focusing on taking deep breaths. This can reduce anxiety and even lower your blood pressure. Keeping a journal and writing out your daily thoughts or worries can also help manage stress during unpredictable times, too.
While the future of COVI9-19 and our lives may be unpredictable, you can manage your personal uncertainties by focusing on improving the lifestyle factors you can control—from staying active to having a routine and focusing on your mental health—to make sure that you emerge from this pandemic as your same old self or maybe even better.