Ever had someone tell you sex doesn’t solve anything? While it might not exactly be a cure-all, anyone who’s ever said that has clearly never experienced the effects of a mind-blowing orgasm on a stress headache.
Here are 12 other times when getting it on really is the way to turn your worries off.
1. When You Can’t Fall Asleep
Who needs herbal tea when you have this holistic remedy for insomnia?
2. When You’re Trying to Move Past a Fight
He said he was sorry. You forgave him, and you meant it, but a part of you still kind of wants to smack him. Spank him instead, and within minutes, you’ll both be back to your disgustingly cuddly selves.
3. When Work Is Stressing You Out Like Crazy
You wish you could leave work at the office, but you have that big presentation tomorrow and you still need your boss to go over that report. Sounds like you need to schedule a meeting with your man so he can leave you breathless and thinking about anything but your big work issues.
4. When You Didn’t Get a Chance to Exercise That Day
There’s no denying that exercise brings with it a myriad of mood-boosting benefits, but on some days, gym time just isn’t in the cards. Not only does sex require both light cardio and flexibility, it leaves you with a glow that’s at least as noticeable as the one you leave the gym with.
5. When You’re Procrastinating
You said you were going to finally organize your closet today, and you will…as soon as you take care of this one pressing errand.
6. When One of You Is Leaving Town for a While
You’re going to miss him, he’s going to miss you, and you’re both going to be lonely and in different cities for a stretch. Forget talking about it, and let your bodies give each other the send-off you both deserve.
7. When You’re Bored
Boredom is a gateway emotion that can lead to all kinds of ill-advised decisions. Make a little nookie instead, and avoid some unsafe, non-sexual activities.
8. When You Need a Mid-Afternoon Pick-Me-Up
You had a morning meeting, and you’ve got that bridal shower later in the day, and you’re feeling so sleepy and sluggish that you have no idea how you’ll power through. Instead of chugging one of those drinks that’s full of caffeine and rocket fuel, recharge with some good old-fashioned oxytocin.
9. When You Get a Bad Haircut
You’ve cried. You’ve processed it. You’ve texted your sister. There’s no undoing that abomination that is currently on your head, but sex can help you remember that your hair isn’t the thing he finds hottest about you anyway.
10. When You Can’t Decide on a Movie
You’re feeling romance, he’s in the mood for action. Combine the two genres by skipping the movie altogether and hitting the main attraction in your bedroom.
11. When You Just Impulse Bought Some Lingerie
Did you just impulsively purchase some hot new lingerie. Slip into it as soon as you get home, and it will become clear that you made the responsible decision.
12. When You’re Staying at a Horrible Hotel
The sheets are stiff, the air is stuffy, and you don’t even want to know what’s going on under the bed. There’s only one way to get your mind off of this horrifying room—and it’s not by calling room service. (Just remember to use that “Do Not Disturb” sign.)