Stress is on the rise for many people. A 2017 U.S. survey found that 63% of Americans found the future of the country is a significant source of stress, 62% cited money worries as a stressor and 61% listed work issues as a significant cause of stress. There seem to be more causes of stress in recent years, and that’s not good for anyone. Stress can affect a man on every level, including penis health, as men who are stressed out may tend to find it more difficult to perform sexually than men whose stress levels are lower. So with stress so prominent a concern, more men may want to consider a little masturbation as one enjoyable way of helping to deal with all this tension.

The case for masturbation

Why should masturbation help relieve stress? Well, in the long term, it doesn’t. If a person is chronically stressed, he needs to figure out what his specific stress triggers are and then develop a range of strategies for dealing with them. But in the short term, many people find that masturbation does give them temporary relief when they are feeling stressed out.

That’s because masturbating helps to lower blood pressure while at the same time releasing serotonin and dopamine, two substances that have the effect of calming a person’s stress. For men, it appears that maximum relief is usually achieved if a guy continues masturbating through ejaculation - but some men find stress reduction occurs even when their fondling does not lead to ejaculation.

How to use it

There aren’t very many men who need instructions on how to masturbate - but if a guy wants to use masturbation as a stress management strategy, there are some things he needs to consider.

- Make the setting calm. A man’s stress levels may rise while he’s masturbating if he’s doing so in a setting which creates tension. For example, if he’s in a room with no lock on the door and is intensely worried that someone is going to walk in on him. In the ideal situation, a man will be in a room in which he feels totally at ease and comfortable. That’s not always possible - especially if a man is trying to relieve stress that is overwhelming him while he is at work - but whatever the setting, he should make it as stress-free as is possible under the circumstances.

- Erase guilt. Many men have a complicated relationship with their masturbation and find that for various reasons they feel guilty when they stimulate themselves. Masturbation will be much more effective as a stress reliever if a man is able to allow himself to indulge in the activity freely and without guilt. This may require discussing the reasons for his guilt with a professional and developing ways to address the issue.

- Get into it. The more freedom a man feels while masturbating, the greater the stress relief. He should allow himself to use sex toys, view erotic material, moan, etc. if he feels the desire to do so. He should also do his best to give himself as much time as he desires to masturbate. Again, this isn’t always possible, but if he is watching the clock rather than focusing on masturbating, he may be adding to his stress.

Masturbation can help relieve stress, but by itself it is not enough to deal with a chronically stressful situation. Those in such situations need to seek experienced help.

Using masturbation to handle stress is easier if the penis is in good general health, so be sure to regularly used a superior penis health creme (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin). Sometimes a guy gets carried away masturbating and rubs his penis a bit raw, so select a crème that contains a combination of moisturizing agents, such as shea butter and vitamin E, to provide soothing relief. The best crème will also include vitamin C, a key component of collagen which helps give penis skin its elasticity and tone.