Human intimacy, contact and interaction is a pretty integral part of someone’s lives. Although nature plays a role in our characteristics, what is just as important is nurture. In early childhood, infants crave contact, intimacy and love, so it just makes sense that as adults we still crave those things albeit without the cooing, drooling and crying. We require companionship, to be talked to, to be held and just as importantly to feel loved. While being intimate hasn’t been demonstrably proven to increase longevity, it has shown some incredible benefits both physically and mentally.
Besides the caloric burn and some cardiovascular activity, being intimate can actually help relieve stress, release endorphins and bring couples closer together.
Read on to find out 12 negative impacts if being intimate is reduced.
Endorphins are chemicals in your body that are released in order to boost your mood and to relieve pain. This is regularly associated with a ‘a runner’s high.’ During physical attraction or peak intimacy, endorphins, which are essentially feel-good chemicals, are released which can help you decrease stress and relieve pain.
A medical study published in the Journal of Family Psychology in 2010, showcased that being intimate can reduce vast amounts of stress and that there is an inverse relationship between high intimate activity and daily stress.
The study conducted on female college students focused on levels of daily stress and intimate activity during the months before a major exam. It reported that women who were under the most stress were having less intimate moments and this issue was compounded when high levels of stress reduce one’s interest in those activities.
Physical intimacy also plays a role in enhancing the strengths of relationships. Not only does it keep you in tune with your body (as well as your partner’s) but it also helps in keeping you more connected emotionally.
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