5 mental health tips to improve your sex life
Taking care of your mental health is good for your health overall, including your sex life.
As you cope with prostate cancer and all the sexual changes from your treatment, you may feel overwhelmed, sad, or even angry. It may feel like all you think about is your diagnosis and the challenges of sexual recovery.
Here are mental health tips you can build into your daily life to remind yourself that you are more than your diagnosis. We’ll share 5 tips just for you, and 5 tips you can try with a partner.
By taking care of your mind, you’re doing one of the best things you can for your sexual recovery.
5 Ways to care for your own mental health
Connect with people around you: family, friends, neighbors, colleagues and your community. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.
Activity can boost your mood. Go for a walk, run, take part in a sport. Choose an activity that you enjoy and that suits you and your level of fitness.
Stop, pause and take a moment to look around you. Think about what you feel, see and smell. Look for new, unusual or extraordinary things in your everyday life.
Don’t be afraid to try something new or rediscover an old hobby. Set a challenge you will enjoy. As well as being fun, learning new things can improve confidence.
Do something nice for a friend or a stranger. Thank someone, smile, volunteer your time or join a community group. Look out as well as in. Seeing yourself as part of the wider community can be rewarding.
5 ways to care for your mental health together:
Ideas for partners
Going through prostate cancer treatment as a couple can strain even the strongest relationship. Here are some ideas to help you nurture your couple connection and care for your mental health together.
Connect beyond sex
Make time to connect beyond just the physical. Watch your favorite movie, get dinner at a restaurant you love, or look at photos from when you first started dating. Remember the things you love to do together and what you love about each other.
Stay active together
Whether it’s taking walks, playing tennis, or even trying a dance class, getting active as a couple can help relieve stress, improve energy and mood, and let you connect in a low-pressure way.
Notice each other
When was the last time you really looked at your partner? Take time to notice something about them that you love (their smile, their eyes, the sound of their voice) and then tell them or write it in a note.
Keep learning together
Maybe you’ve never gone kayaking together. Maybe you want to try baking a soufflé. Whatever it is, trying new things as a couple gives you a chance to laugh and be vulnerable or inexperienced together in a low-stakes environment.
Give of yourself
Do something nice for your partner without expecting anything in return. Research shows that doing acts of kindness can actually boost your own mood, self-esteem, compassion, and optimism.