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How To Overcome Stress-Related Erectile Dysfunction

Posted in Erectile Dysfunction 16 Apr, 2015

Stress is something we all experience from time to time. For some the impact can be significant, resulting in all kinds of undesirable symptoms. Unfortunately stress is often unavoidable, as it is our body's way of coping with perceived threats. Luckily, there are steps you can take to control many of your symptoms.

For men who are experiencing erectile dysfunction (ED) as a result of excess stress, it can be infuriating. Caught in a vicious circle that goes from stress, to ED, to even more stress - it can seem like an uphill struggle.

Erectile dysfunction is not uncommon. In fact, it affects half of men between the ages of 40 and 70 in the UK, with a significant number having their condition linked to psychological causes such as stress, depression and relationship issues. In terms of stress-related erectile dysfunction, impotence is a symptom of your anxiety and a psychological association can be difficult to pinpoint. From negative self esteem issues to over-focusing, finding the main cause to your condition is essential to finding the cure.

Psychological causes of ED

Whilst we all experience these issues on occasion, when it comes to ED, it could be one or a number of these factors that has triggered stress-related erectile dysfunction.

  • - Work
  • - Relationship issues
  • - Poor communication
  • - Depression
  • - Anxiety
  • - Other mental health conditions

To manage stress-related ED, you can explore many options to complement prescription treatments such as Viagra and Cialis, both of which are clinically proven to have a positive impact on ED. Here are three ways you can aid relaxation and improve your condition, as well as your health overall.

Target a healthy weight

Do you deal with stress by eating? If you are keen to give your body a boost, starting a new healthy eating and exercise regime could benefit you. Not only will this help you feel more confident, but may also help resolve your ED, as carrying less weight can improve blood flow and reduce strain on all areas of the body.

Quit smoking

Smoking is closely linked to both stress and ED. It is a given that smoking negatively affects your body in pretty much every way, and being under stress can lead you to smoke far more than you otherwise would. Of course, kicking the habit can be extremely difficult, but bear in mind that doing so could have a positive effect on your ED.

Get some sleep

The majority of adults need approximately 7 hours sleep each night to function at full capacity. How much do you reckon you get on an average night? Missing out on a bit of sleep here and there can build up, leaving you shattered, stressed and foul-tempered. Here are a few ways to help you improve your nocturnal habits:

  • - Settle with a book – reading before bed is proven to help you nod off.
  • - Change your bed karma with new sheets and pillows specifically designed to aid sleep.
  • - Invest in a mattress best suited to your sleep patterns and body type.
  • - Dim the lights in the evening to prepare your body for sleep.
  • - Use blackout blinds on windows to block out distracting light from outside.

Erectile dysfunction can affect men at any age, and for under the age of 40 who are affected, the condition is often linked to stress. With the average working day becoming longer, it's no surprise we're under such strain. From anxiety to family troubles, learning to manage your stress so it doesn't affect your performance means you can see sex as a release, rather than a trigger, for stress.

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