Lockdown, Libido and Intimacy

These are stressful times we’re living in!

And stress can really shut down libido. Maybe it’s your libido, maybe it’s your partners; or perhaps both.

Stressed woman looking away from partner who is not paying attention.

Further, pandemic stress isn’t any old type of stress. For many people, it’s financial stress, which is a type of survival stress and it can have a negative effect on your body’s ability or interest in touching. Survival stress sends the body into a state of fight or flight, so the only thing that matters is survival, not procreating; We become hormonally less interested in sex.

If you and your partner aren’t having sex but want to boost intimacy Sensual Touch can help. Intimacy has many forms.

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Skin Hunger

Human touch is essential.

How are people coping with skin hunger or touch deprivation?

Studies show physical contact with other people reduces feelings of stress. Evolutionary psychologists say it can all be traced back to our monkey ancestry. Grooming each other’s fur is how apes build friendships. Humans have substituted that grooming with stroking and cuddling, he says and that act of physical touch has a profound effect on our health.

Not only does it build friendships directly and indirectly, but those friendships have a dramatic effect on your well-being, your general health, your ability to recover from illnesses and even your longevity.” 

So many rules about preventing the spread of the corona-virus warn against touching other people. Just as a stomach needs a proper amount of food to thrive, a human’s largest sensory organ has a need for physical contact.

Finger tips in a small bottle of oil

What kind of effect does this lack of human touch have on people?

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