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Girls Are Always Stressed!

Is it better to be a male or female when dealing with stress? My guess was females, because looking back at chapter 7 in Sapolsky’s Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers, I realized that the affects of stress, specifically on the reproductive system, is a lot worse for females than it is for males. Males face dilemmas like premature ejaculation and loss of erection, while females have to deal with issues as drastic as irregular menstruation, miscarriages, and fertilization failure. In the chapter 7 PowerPoint, not only did females have a greater quantity of problems that came with stress, but I think the conflicts that they encountered were drastically less favorable than those of which men had to deal with. I did a bit more research on the topic, and I found that girls are better at coping with stress than boys. This surprised me, because it seemed like women have it much worse than men according to Sapolsky. A study shows that stress causes more of a reaction in the blood pressure of males opposed to females.

The following sites contain more information on this subject:
http://www.malehealth.co.uk/stress/19016-do-boys-suffer-stress-more-girls
http://www.sodahead.com/entertainment/who-do-you-think-has-more-stressboys-or-girls/question-461193/

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Disney, are there really subliminal messages?

So, I’m sure everyone loves the wonderful Walt Disney movies. We all watched them in our youth and might still watch them at times because they remind us of our childhood! In high school I took a psychology class and we learned about subliminal messaging. Subliminal messages are hidden words or images in advertisements, movies, or music. It has been noticed that there are subliminal messages in some Disney movies such as The Lion King, Aladdin, and The Little Mermaid.  Have you all seen heard of these messages being present in the Disney movies?

Here is an example of a subliminal message in Aladdin.

You must listen very closely, but Aladdin says, “Take off your clothes.”  Why would Disney put this into one of his movies that are meant for children?  What do you think?

Another movie is The Lion King.  While Simba lays down in the grass, dust flies up into the sky to spell the word sex.. watch closely in this video.

Finally, a third movie that has subliminal messages in it is The Little Mermaid.  At the end of the movie, when Prince Eric and Ursula are getting married the priest is having a little problem with his pants… here’s another video.

After watching these three examples of subliminal messaging in Disney movies, does it change your perspective on them? Do you think these are real or fake, there is much controversy between the subject so what is your opinion on it?

Stress and Sex

   Stress and sex are two things that are interrelated or have an effect on each other. Stress has an effect on low libido. The existence of a healthy sex life can be a great stress reliever. Studies have shown that physical affection or sexual behavior with a partner significantly lowered negative mood swings and stress. I would have to believe the validity of that study in that whenever i had those things in my life i felt more at ease and was most of the time happy. Sex also was found to immediately lower baseline blood pressures. It was also found that sex can have a positive impact on cortisol levels and heart rate. I believe that sex is a workout when it is passionate and that workout releases endorphins and can improve physical shape. Personally being in good physical shape boosts my confidence which then has a positive effect on developing relationships.

Sex and Stress

http://stress.about.com/od/generaltechniques/a/sexandstress.htm

There has been research done that sex can actually reduce stress.  From this website that I found, research has been found primarily in women and data has definitely shown a direct correlation between sex the night before and a decrease in stress levels the next day.  It was found that women after having a sexual experience, they have a lower blood pressure when they come across stressful situations like public speaking.  Also, while using cortisol levels as a measure of stress, they found that these levels decrease after intercourse with a partner.  Not only can sex have an impact on scientific stress and levels, but also on the mood of people.  Sex can make someone in a better mood, which makes them less stressed.

Sex and Stress – Assignment 9

I am not surprised that stress can affect your sex life. It is also not surprising that the reverse can occur as well, sex affecting your stress life, usually positively.

How can a healthy sex life improve your stress life?

What are some of the factors that make sex good for your brain, your body, your mood, your relationships, etc.?

1. One of the best health benefits of sex is that it burns calories, as it increases the blood flow and gets the heart pumping.

2 It reduces the chances of heart diseases, by lowering the risks of heart attacks, strokes and other heart-related diseases.

3. Sex helps in reducing stress and controlling blood pressure, by calming the nerves and allowing you to sleep better.

4. Men can increase their control over their bladders, as the pelvic thrusts help exercise the “Kegel Muscles” .

5. Contrary to the popular belief, sex can actually reduce pain and cure headaches because of the release of the oxytocin hormone, which is known to reduce pain.

6. Regular sex is a great way to regulate one’s hormonal levels.

7. People who have sex regularly have higher levels of the antibody immunoglobin (IGA) than others. IGA helps the body fight the flu and the cold.

8. Having sex regularly is also known to reduce the risks of prostate cancer in men.

9. A healthy sex life has numerous psychological benefits. Sex is a great way to improve your mood and boost your self-esteem.

10. Women who have sex often are less at risk for breast cancer, than women who keep away from sex.

11. Having sex often, before getting pregnant can prevent a condition known as preeclampsia, which refers to hypertension during pregnancy.

12. A hormone known as prolactin is produced in both men and women, after sex, which improves the sense of smell.
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Benefits of a Healthy Sex Life

According to www.webmd.com, there are 10 main ways in which sex can be extremely beneficial.

1. It relieves stress! Because it lowers blood pressure and provides relief from overall stressful situations. A study in Scotland showed that women who had a better sex life reacted better to stressful situations than women who’d abstained from sex.

2. Boost Immunity. Having sex once or twice a week can help the body to produce an antibody called immunoglobulin A, which can protect from colds and other sicknesses.

3. 30 minutes can burn up to more than 85 calories. Added up, 42 half-hour sessions can burn up to 3,57o calories, which is about enough to lose a pound.

4. Can improve cardiovascular health and reduce the risk for heart attacks by a whole 50%.

5. It can make you feel good about yourself. The chemicals released during sex have been shown to improve self-esteem.

6. The love-hormone, oxytocin, is released during an orgasm. Thus, making you feel more intimate with your partner in a relationship.

7. Reduces pain. Headaches and arthritis pain are easily remedied by sex.

8. Lowers risk for prostate cancer in men. A study shows that men who ejaculate more often reduce the risk by a third.

9. Strengthens pelvic floor muscles, which help to induce more pleasure and prevents incontinence.

10. Helps to sleep better. The oxytocin released has proved to promote sleep.

Overall, I think it’s clear that having a healthy sex life can improve almost every area of your life. It’s safe to say that you could very easily live a much happier life when you know you’re doing well in that department.

Sex and Stress

Sex can affect your stress life in many different ways.

Here are 3 types of stress that can affect your life in the bedroom:

1. Internal Stress– Stress between the couple

2. External Stress– Stress from work, finances, kids and family

3. Critical Stress– Stress from unemployment, death of a loved one, a serious illness

With all of these common stressors, is it possible that maintaining a healthy sex life can actually improve your STRESS life?? Studies have shown – it is true! Having a sex life can help take away the stress in your life.

First, your brain. Your brain is the most sensitive organ in the body. I found out that keeping your brain healthy has a great impact on your sex life – even more so than keeping your body healthy. The brain is the part of the body that stimulates you mentally before you become physically aroused. A dysfunctional brain will make for a less intimate connection. A healthy brain = a better sexual experience!

This website has more interesting information on the brain – and also includes information on understanding the difference between the male and female brain – which can also improve a couple’s sex life.

http://www.stevenaitchison.co.uk/blog/improve-your-sex-life-with-a-healthy-brain/

Second, your body. Stress typically wears you down – and can certainly have an effect on your body, too! It is proven that sex can relax you, and ease the muscles/tension in your body.

You relationships and your mood.

Sex is an activity that can lighten your mood and help your relationship. First, you can relieve hormones. Sex is a great exercise that is completely natural. The neurotransmitter in the brain – affects your nervous system, which also plays a role in stressful situations. Sex can help release your stress by pumping serotonin.

Here is a site that has helpful suggestions on how to recover your relationship with your significant other:

http://www.sexandahealthieryou.org/sex-health/less-stress-better-sex.html


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