Stress from any area of your life — like your job, finances or family obligations — can decrease your desire to get intimate. In a 2012 study of about 1,000 women, half the participants said that stress reduces their sex drive. And that’s not just because chronic stress can cause fatigue, making it hard for you to get in the mood. Stress also prompts your adrenal glands to overproduce the stress hormone cortisol and under-produce testosterone — the hormone that helps regulate sex drive in both men and women.
While completely eliminating stress from your life is nearly impossible, relaxation techniques, breathing exercises and other everyday stress busters can help you re-energize in the bedroom. And once you’ve flipped that libido switch back on, you can start to capitalize on the stress-reducing benefits of sex. Who knows, you may find that sex becomes your new favorite way to stay relaxed!