Let's chat about something that might not make it to the top of our conversations often: the intricate relationship between stress and our vaginal well-being. Life is a rollercoaster, and stress can affect more than just our mood. Here are ways in which stress can impact our vaginal health, accompanied by practical advice for lessening stress.
When we are stressed, it messes with our hormones. And guess what? Our intimate ecosystem isn't a fan of this disruption. It can lead to all sorts of not-so-fun things like unwanted infections.
Tense Muscles Pelvic Floor Muscles
You know how stress makes your shoulders tense? Well, it can do the same to your pelvic muscles. Not cool. This tension can make sex less enjoyable or even throw a wrench into your pelvic floor game.
Immune System Struggles
Stress takes a toll on our immune system, leaving us vulnerable. Yep, that includes our vagina. More stress, more chances of dealing with unwanted infections. No, thank you.
Lessen Stress’s Impact on Your Vaginal Health
Take a moment to just breathe. It’s basic, but it’s often overlooked. Try meditating, listening to music, or taking a walk and focus on intentional breathing.
Show Yourself Some Love
Treat yourself like the queen you are. A warm bath, some cozy tea, or even a dance party in your living room – whatever makes you feel good, do it. Self-love, boo!
When weather permits, being outside in nature. Nature has this chill vibe that can rub off on you. Give it a shot.
Express yourself. Write in a journal, doodle, sing in the shower – whatever lets out those pent-up feelings. It's like therapy without the couch.
Talk it Out
Don't keep it all in. Share with friends, or find someone who gets it. Sometimes, a good chat is all you need.
Let’s spend this new year less stressed with healthy vaginas!