6 Ways to Turn Yourself on During Masturbation Month
Spring has officially sprung and everywhere you look birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, and the sun is shining. As we admire nature’s peacocking, we may be experiencing a similar flowering within our own bodies. Spring fever is the inverse of Seasonal Affective Disorder, and a time when we may feel more energetic, aroused, and optimistic. Scientific research backs this phenomenon, with one study showing that birth rates in northern Europe typically rise to 10 percent above the average in March – meaning the babies were conceived in June. Another study showed that levels of testosterone in men and luteinizing hormone (which triggers ovulation) in women peak at 20 percent above average during June.
As if that wasn’t enough reason to indulge your sensual appetite, May is also National Masturbation Month. Masturbation has countless health benefits, such as increasing sensitivity, reducing tension and stress, promoting restful sleep, releasing feel-good chemicals like dopamine and oxytocin that can improve body image and self-confidence, plus many, many more!
And just in case you’re looking for ideas, here are six ways to turn yourself on this Masturbation Month:
1. Sunbathe your private parts
It might sound silly, but think about it: your privates have been cooped up and covered up all winter. Why not let the benefits of Vitamin D extend to your nether regions? Ancient Taoists had a similar practice called “sunning” where you open your legs and let your yoni drink in the sunshine.
If you have a private backyard or balcony, slather on some SPF, lay out nude for 15-20 minutes, and imagine the sun igniting your loins, sparking a sensual fire. If you have privacy, you might even indulge in a little outdoor solo play. If you don’t have a balcony or backyard, try bathing in front of a window that gets plenty of sunlight.
2. Go commando
Leaving the house sans underwear can be another way to let your private parts breathe, plus you’ll feel like you’re hiding a sexy secret. While thongs and g-strings look amazing on, constrictive underwear is not very healthy for your genitals and can lead to harmful bacteria growth and yeast infections. Going commando is preferred over synthetic fabrics like lycra and nylon, which trap moisture and heat.
If you’re feeling extra bold, wear a skirt or dress with no panties underneath and enjoy the springtime breeze.
Although not as common as sunbathing (and it won’t even out your tan lines), moonlight has a host of positive benefits, including boosting Vitamin D, mood-enhancing endorphins, and nitric oxide that lowers blood pressure. Moonbathing, which refers to direct exposure to moonlight, is especially beneficial for women and can help decrease stress, regulate the menstrual cycle, increase fertility awareness, and restore emotional balance. Moonbathing is best done during the full moon and doesn’t necessarily have to be done naked or lying down. Simply walking outside in full view of the moon’s rays will work just fine. Since full moons represent a time of release and letting go, it could also be the perfect opportunity to practice some solo sex magic.
4. Skinny dip
As a culture, we don’t spend very much time in our natural, unclothed state. For women, even when we are clothed we are subject to constant harassment, objectification, and sexualization that often deters us from dressing more provocatively, even when weather permits.
What a shame, as social nudity has been shown to reduce stress and improve body image. Research at the University of Northern Iowa discovered that nudists have significantly higher body self-acceptance and another study concluded that teens at a New York nudist camp were “extraordinarily well-adjusted, happy, and thoughtful.”
If you’ve got a private pool at your disposal, consider hosting a skinny dip party or dive in for a nude swim on your own. If you live on the coast, you can try looking up nude beaches in your area. If neither of those options are available to you, a luxurious bath does the trick.
5. Eat with your hands
Ditch the utensils and indulge in a sensual meal eaten entirely with your hands. In many cultures, this is the norm and for good reason. Our fingertips contain nerve endings that signal when we’re about to eat and stimulate digestion. Our hands also contain a bacteria called normal flora that is swallowed when we eat with our hands and promotes healthy digestion.
According to Vedic wisdom, the hands are the most precious organs of action, with every finger an extension of one of the five elements. The thumb represents space, the forefinger is air, the middle finger is fire, the ring finger is water, and the pinky finger represents earth. By eating with our fingers, we become more aware of taste, textures, and aromas. We savor more and eat more mindfully.
6. Masturbate somewhere unexpected or unusual
A boring sex life can hinder our libido and the same is true for self-pleasure. How can we expect to be motivated to masturbate if we’re always doing it the same way? Spice up your routine and masturbate somewhere unexpected, even if it’s just a different room in your home.
It’s important to note that masturbation doesn’t have to mean touching your genitals or bringing yourself to orgasm. Maybe you experiment with some light teasing while you’re in a dressing room trying on outfits. Perhaps you indulge in a little nipple stimulation in the bathroom at work. Build suspense and fantasize about what you’ll do to yourself once you get some time alone.