Has your sexual performance been lackluster lately? If so, you aren’t alone. Physical arousal is a problem a lot of men struggle with, especially as they age. According to medical experts, an estimated 50 percent of men aged 40 and over experience some degree of erectile dysfunction and the problem becomes even more common as they get older.
While erectile dysfunction is a common problem, it doesn’t make it any easier to accept, and it certainly doesn’t mean it can’t be corrected. There are ways that you can enhance your performance and restore your sexual life. Here’s a look at five effective ways you can get your libido back so you can start enjoying your time between the sheets again.
Minimize Your Stress Levels
It’s been proven that stress can have a serious impact on all aspects of your mental and physical health, including your sexual performance. When you’re stressed out, your heart rate increases and your blood pressure climbs; both of these effects can be detrimental to your sex drive and performance; it can also impact your ability to successfully achieve and maintain an erection. Plus, studies have found that men who are under high levels of stress have a difficult time climaxing.
If you’ve been feeling mentally and emotionally overloaded and are having a hard time performing in the bedroom, the following stress-relieving tips could help to boost your libido and your performance:
· Take up yoga
· Laugh more
· Spend quality time with your loved ones
· Pamper yourself; go to the spa, get a massage, or soak in a bath
· Diffuse essential oils, such as lavender, sage, jasmine, lemon, and Ylang Ylang
· Listen to relaxing music; such as classical or anything that features slow, melodic tunes
· Practice deep breathing exercises
· Take regular walks
There are literally dozens of things that you can do to reduce your stress levels. By putting these tactics into practice, you’ll feel less stressed and may notice a huge improvement in your sexual performance.
Mediation, an ancient Buddhist practice, encourages concentration and improves mental clarity. It promotes mindfulness, which helps you focus your mind and energy on a specific object so you can become more present in the here and now.
Meditation can help to improve your sexual performance because it trains your mind to focus on, well, sex. A lot of men experience performance problems when their minds wander off. Instead of focusing on the moment and the intimacy that they are experiencing, they are thinking about countless other things; the bills that need to be paid, the work they need to get done, the meetings that they have to attend…
It stands to reason that when you are concentrating more on other (less arousing) things, your sexual performance is going to suffer. By practicing meditation, you can train your mind to focus on the intimate acts you’re engaged in, which helps you get in – and stay in – the mood, thus helping to improve your ability to achieve and maintain an erection, find more enjoyment in sex, and reach climax.
There are a number of ways that exercise can positively impact your sexual performance. It strengthens your cardiovascular health, which can help you successfully achieve and maintain an erection and do wonders for your libido. Exercise also helps reduce stress, which, as mentioned above, can benefit your sex drive. And of course, exercising helps you get in shape and tone your body, which may improve your self-esteem and make you feel less self-conscious about showing off your body; things that can certainly have an impact on your sexual performance.
All of these factors combined can make exercise a highly effective way to get you in the “mood”, which will ultimately improve your sex life.
It’s no secret that eating a well-balanced diet is important for your overall health and well-being, but you might be surprised to learn that what you eat may be affecting your sexual performance. If your diet consists mainly of unhealthy foods, all aspects of your physical health will suffer, including your sex drive and your ability to achieve an erection.
If you want to improve your sex life, changing your diet and replacing chips, sodas, candies, cakes, fries, and any other fat- and calorie-laden foods with healthier options is certainly worth trying. In fact, there are certain foods that can actually boost your circulation and improve your stamina; two factors that can significantly improve sexual performance. Examples include:
· Whole grains, such as brown rice, quinoa, barley, buckwheat, amaranth, and wild rice
· Legumes, including chickpeas, soybeans, lentils, peas, beans, and peanuts
· Certain types of seafood, like crab, lobster, salmon, and oysters
· Fruits, including watermelon, avocados, peaches, strawberries, apples, and raspberries
· Veggies, such as garlic and peppers
· Nuts and seeds, like pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, and sunflower and pumpkin seeds
· High-protein foods, like red meat and eggs
By eating more of these healthful foods and less processed, high-fat, high-calorie foods, you may see a significant improvement in your sex life.
Cut Back on Booze
Like many men, you might be under the assumption that alcohol is good for your sex life; after you imbibe a few adult libations, you’re less reserved and more open to sexual activity… At least so it may seem. While a few drinks every now and again likely won’t damage your sex life (in fact, a little bit of alcohol could actually enhance it), you don’t want to consume too much. Alcohol is a depressant, so if you drink too much, it can actually bring you down and decrease your sex drive. Even more important to note, studies have found that excessive alcohol consumption is a leading cause of erectile dysfunction. Think twice before you crack open another beer or order another vodka tonic or whiskey on the rocks; you might become too loose, which can prevent you from getting or staying erect and inhibit your ability to have an orgasm.
Summing It Up
If you’ve been having trouble between the sheets, the five above-mentioned tactics could help to improve your sex drive. Give all of them a try – and add some male enhancement products into the mix – and your performance in the bedroom may earn you a standing ovation… and perhaps even an encore.