It’s no secret that supporting your sexual desire involves more than just physical touch. Below we’re unpacking how stress and sexual desire are interlinked—and how to support them both. 

Stress can cause your mind (and even your heart rate) to race, resulting in a disconnect from feeling sensual due to the amount of energy your mind and body are expending elsewhere. According to psychologist Dr. Rachel, “it’s important to remember that the mind-body connection is real. What we think impacts how we feel, which affects our behaviors. If we take a moment to slow down and become aware of what our mind is telling us, it can change the course of the day.” Try scheduling distraction-free time to help you tap into the mental resources you need to support your desire. During this time, consider a deep breathing exercise to reconnect with yourself and let go of any lingering thoughts that aren’t serving you. 

Additionally, any exercise that gets your blood flowing and releases endorphins can raise your energy levels, so going for a quick jog or evening walk may help you clear your mind and get in tune with your pleasure. For an additional boost, try incorporating nourishing daily supplements into your routine to support your mental well-being, mood and more—so you can focus on what’s next.