Here’s how one sexpert recommends you fight seasonal depression this January

No light therapy required!

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Got the winter blues? To fight any feelings of seasonal depression, one sexpert insists you should masturbate daily this January—a whopping 31 days in a row.

Now that the most wonderful time of the year is behind us, we're due for a long, dreary month ahead. Not to mention, many of us are holing up at home due to COVID surges. So while spending time solo, clinical sexologist Ness Cooper suggests taking advantage of the opportunity. 

"I think what’s most important is to focus on spending time with yourself and get to know your body,” Cooper revealed to Jam Press. “Get yourself in a relaxed state and become aware of the sensations going through your body.”

Skies might be grey and emotions might seem bleak thanks to seasonal affective disorder, but playing around with app-controlled vibrators or reading steamy romance novels will give you the boost you're craving, according to Cooper—no sunset lamp or blinding light therapy required. 

Is masturbation the cure to seasonal depression?

Although it might seem excessive or even shocking, Cooper's claims for daily solo sex this January can pay off. 

Masturbation's skincare benefits and immune system boost are a plus, but who doesn't appreciate a little help with that annual bout of seasonal affective disorder? Orgasms release hormones like serotonin to boost happiness, making the seemingly never-ending winter month more bearable. Not that we aren't advocating for vitamin D, but Cooper does make a compelling case for a sexual mood boost when it's too cold to step outside. 

Even better? Women's most intense orgasms are through masturbation. Once you reach your pleasure points alone, you'll get a better understanding of your body when you're ready to bring a partner into the equation. Think of it as a practice round before the main event!

Can you masturbate too much? Not this January, apparently. 

Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, covering all-things news, lifestyle and entertainment. 


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