Peace & Pleasure: How to Reduce Stress and Increase Sex Drive

Does sex help with stress? It depends.


The rumors are true: stress and sex drive are deeply intertwined.

However, sex may not reduce stress in the ways you think.

While sex can relieve mild stress, chronic stress and anxiety are some of the most common causes of low libido.

If the only reason you’re having sex is to relieve stress…you’re missing out!

There are so many fantastic ways to experience sex when you’re not stressed.

Today’s article is all about how to naturally reduce stress and anxiety so you can have the hot sex you deserve and desire.

I’ll dive into my 3-step Peace and Pleasure Process in a moment. First, let’s get the facts on stress and sex drive.

What is stress?

According to the World Health Organization:

“Stress can be defined as a state of worry or mental tension caused by a difficult situation. Stress is a natural human response that prompts us to address challenges and threats in our lives.”

On its own and in manageable amounts, stress is simply a part of the human experience. In situations of ongoing stress, however, health conditions can emerge or become worse.

Ongoing stress is known as chronic stress.

According to Mayo Clinic, chronic stress can cause or exacerbate many health conditions. These include:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • digestive problems
  • headaches
  • muscle tension and pain
  • heart disease, heart attack, high…



Shannon Burton, SXI (they/she)

Sex & Orgasm Coach helping women+ have blissful sex and effortless orgasms. | Visit for free resources. | 🌈Queer, Kink, & Poly Affirming