I think its safe to say we all love sex!! Everyone seems so obsessed with Fifty shades of grey, online porn and the growing world of sex toys, its a rapidly growing market thats for sure. Sex can sell just about anything from kinky lingerie to penis straws and all the in between! The greatest thing about sex is that its so versatile. We all like to get down in our own way, and with a growing number of ways to do it your sex life really is what you make it! However saying that, it’s totally normal with our busy lifestyles to sometimes feel a bit deflated in the sex department. Having a loss of libido is a really common thing for both women and men to go through at some stage. This can be for a number of different reasons so don’t pressure yourself into being more freak than meek when this happens! Instead here are a few natural ways that you can up your sex drive and you might just want to try them!
Get enough sleep!
This is an important one even if it is really bloody obvious – you need to make sure you’re getting enough rest with a good nights sleep! Your body needs the time to recharge and relax before you can seize the day the right way! This can be more difficult for some than others, I remember my sex life taking a bit of a hit once I had my first child. Sleepless nights, constant feeds, being on call 24 hours of the day with little rest was exhausting, the last thing on my mind was sex! Getting enough rest keeps everything in balance from your mental welfare to your physical need so once you start sleeping better you might notice a difference in your libido!!
Eat dark chocolate
This might sound like a silly old wives tale to you but there is a true science behind it! Dark chocolate is said to have aphrodisiac qualities as it supports the production of serotonin in our bodies. Dark chocolate also contains phenylethylamine which is a compound that we produce when we have feelings of being in love! So eating a little dark chocolate everyday could very well act as a natural libido lifting medicine, who wouldn’t want an excuse to have a cheeky nibble?!
Eat good for you foods
Eating foods that are better for your body will help diminish the bloated feeling you usually get after eating a big meal. Feeling confident and happy in your own skin is a big factor when it comes to sex, a lack of confidence is often one of the main reasons you might not want to have sex – If our bodies feel good so will we! You’ll also notice a rise in your energy levels from eating better for you foods, this can even help with feelings of stress and depression which are both major sex drive killers!
Practice meditation or yoga
Again this is another reliever or stress as well as anxiety and depression. Taking time out to meditate for 5 minutes a day could be all you need to help you on your way to a healthier, happier you – A healthy happier you = A higher sex drive! Practising yoga is a really great way to relieve feelings of stress since it incorporates both light exercise (which releases Endorphines) and meditation. Why not take it a step further and try doing this together with your partner? This will allow you both time to bond together which can be really beneficial to your relationship and your sex life!
Consult your GP
If none of the above have helped to up your lack of libido the next step should be to visit your GP. Our bodies go through a lot so sometimes an underlined medical issue could be the reason you’re not quite feeling yourself in the bedroom. Its always best to be seen medically to ease any doubt or worrying! If you’re on some form of contraception there could also be a link to that with feelings of having a lower sexual desire, consult your GP as moving on to another form of contraception might just do the trick.
However you’re feeling in terms of your want and need of sex, you should remember that suffering with a low libido happens to everyone and you should never feel pressured into doing anything you might not want to – In fact that could case more harm to your sex life than good! Most importantly remember to always speak openly to your partner about sex and how you might be feeling so that you’re both on the same page, communication is key!!