Masturbation
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Although sex with a partner seems to outrank masturbation in terms of total benefits, that doesn't mean masturbation isn't a good stress reliever too. In general, doing something pleasurable is relaxing and, whether you're alone or with someone else, orgasms still release endorphins, which can improve mood and help you unwind. "The lovely thing about masturbation is you don't have to worry about a partner," says Crow, "you don't have to worry about pleasing someone else." Merely avoiding the stress that can come from focusing on another person's needs can be an advantage for people who are looking toward sex for some de-stressing and have no qualms about masturbation.