When we make our New Year resolutions, we most often focus on either our physical or mental health. We want to go on diets, get more exercise, read more, or be more spontaneous, while our sex lives are rarely considered. Can we stop pretending like sexual health isn’t a thing? Maintaining our sexual health should be recognized as an essential part of our lives, especially since it affects nearly every other aspect of our well-being. From mental stress and anxiety to physical confidence and social interaction, sexual health improves it all.
Let’s make 2020 the year we make sexual health a priority! Here are three great sexual resolutions to help guide you into the new decade.
Play It Safe
Before we get into the fun stuff, we need to stress how important it is that you’re playing it safe by getting yourself tested for any possible STDs (and using protection, duh). Of course, we are all about having lots of sex (if that's your preference), but if you’re going to have multiple partners, you need to make sure health and safety is on the mind. So as un-sexy as it may sound, it would be best if you also made sure that any potential partners have recently been tested. That way, you can both make an informed decision about any possible sexual interaction.
Of course, keep in mind that both your age and how you identify may impact the type of testing you should be getting, and how often.
Try Someting New
New year, new you, right? Well, why not take that attitude into the bedroom? Let’s face it; life is too short for you to stick to missionary every time. Try standing up, sitting down, getting on top, or just flipping your partner over and seeing what happens! Choosing new positions, new toys, and even new locations can all go a long way toward expanding your sexual knowledge, comfort, and confidence. Experimentation is the key to maintaining an interesting and exciting sex life.
Also remember, sexual experimentation doesn’t always require a partner, which leads us to our next tip!
Did you think we weren’t going to talk about this? In case you haven’t heard us say this before: masturbating is good for you (and a lot of fun too)! Masturbation is a great way to relieve some day-to-day stress and lower your general anxiety. Plus, having an orgasm releases endorphins that can help you relax and lessen the pain of things like headaches or period cramps. If that’s not impressive enough, for those suffering from stress-induced sexual disorders like erectile dysfunction, masturbation can help you get your groove back!
Speaking of taking the pressure off, don’t forget that mutual masturbation is also the perfect way for you to ease into a sexual relationship with a new partner before you’re ready to go all the way. There are really no negatives when it comes to self-service!
In 2020, resolve to include sexual health in your self-care routine. Focus on your sex-life and start the new year off with a bang (if you know what we mean)!