Valentine’s Day is just around the corner – and that’s got us thinking about love, romance, and relationships.
These aren’t just emotional concepts. Our day-to-day relationships and romantic experiences have a direct impact on our mental and physical well-being. From sexual health to emotional wellness, we cannot understate the power of love in all aspects.
Whether you’re single and ready to mingle or in a committed romantic relationship, it’s important to prioritize your health alongside your Valentine’s Day activities.
At Klingensmith’s Drug Stores, we’re committed to supporting all parts of your wellness journey – and that includes your relationship health. Let’s talk about the benefits of strong relationships for our bodies, as well as what you can do to protect your physical, emotional, and sexual health.
The Health Benefits of Strong Relationships
Just like your diet affects various elements of wellness, so do your relationships. A negative or unhealthy relationship can have significant impacts on your health – but conversely, a positive, supportive relationship can be a huge boon to your…
Mental and Emotional Well-Being
Positive relationships play a pivotal role in our emotional health. As you’ve probably experienced for yourself, a great relationship can be a powerful source of happiness, support, love, and purpose.
As research tells us, healthy relationships and emotional ties to other people can also bolster our mental well-being by helping…
- Decrease feelings of depression and hopelessness
- Improve self-confidence and perceived self-worth
- Reduce anxiety and lower chronic stress
- Build cognitive resilience
Mental health and physical health are far more intertwined than many people realize, When something supports our mental wellness, it typically supports our physical health, too.
On positive relationships, longstanding research from Harvard Medical School states that:
“Social connections like these not only give us pleasure, they also influence our long-term health in ways every bit as powerful as adequate sleep, a good diet, and not smoking. Dozens of studies have shown that people who have social support from family, friends, and their community are happier, have fewer health problems, and live longer.”
Long story short: we’re all focused on eating more greens and working out to preserve our health, but don’t forget that our relationships (romantic and other) also play a huge role in our current and future wellness.
Over-the-Counter Supplements to Support Relationships
By now you know that there’s no “magic pill” for relationships – no love potion or perfume that’s going to change your life.
However, there are over-the-counter supplements that can play a role in supporting your mood and stress levels, which in turn can help you maintain healthier relationships.
For example, omega-3 fatty acid supplements can help reduce inflammation in your brain, promoting the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine. These are two of your “love” or “happy hormones” – aka the hormones that make you feel attracted to or bonded with another person.
Similarly, taking Vitamin D & B supplements can help you regulate your mood and stress responses, enabling you to feel more levelheaded as you try to build and maintain relationships.
If you find yourself feeling moody, down, or stressed as we approach Valentine’s Day, talk to your healthcare provider about over-the-counter supplements to help regulate those emotions. You’ll likely feel better, and you may be able to put a better foot forward in your relationships.
Sexual Health & Relationships
Now, it’s time to talk about the birds and the bees.
Just kidding – that’s not this post. However, we’d be remiss if we didn’t touch on physical intimacy when talking about relationship health.
Physical intimacy is a cornerstone of many romantic relationships, contributing significantly to overall relationship satisfaction and wellness. It fosters emotional closeness, strengthens bonds, and enhances communication between partners.
However, it can also be a stumbling block if you’re not careful. As an adult in a sexual relationship, you should be aware of the following health aids:
Contraceptives (such as condoms, IUDs, vaginal rings, and others) play a crucial role in family planning and sexual health. They provide couples with control over their reproductive choices and enable them to make informed decisions about sexual activity.
By preventing unwanted pregnancies, contraceptives can help alleviate stress and anxiety in some relationships. Of course, there are also physical health benefits that come from using contraceptives to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
More than 1 million STIs are acquired worldwide every day, the majority of which are asymptomatic. So, whatever your Valentine’s Day plans might involve, make sure you’re protecting yourself from infections such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, and others by using a condom during sexual activity.
Some of you might be on the flip side of using birth control and are looking to start a family together this year, and that’s amazing. If you’re in this position, know that there are also aids to help you enable pregnancy, not just prevent it.
Visit your local pharmacy to learn about products such as PreSeed, a conception-friendly lubricant, and ovulation trackers to tell when pregnancy is most likely.
Sildenafil & Sexual Wellness Products
At the end of the day, physical intimacy should be safe, fun, and healthy for everyone involved. If your sex life doesn’t reflect those elements, talk to your healthcare provider to learn what paths are available to you.
For example, more than 23 million men have been prescribed sildenafil (Viagra) since its market launch. This drug helps to treat a range of erectile dysfunctions, making sex more enjoyable and achievable for many couples – especially those in their 70s and older.
Our Pharmacy’s Role in Supporting Healthy Relationships
You likely aren’t thinking about incorporating your local pharmacy into your Valentine’s Day plans, but you might want to.
Pharmacies play a vital role in supporting healthy relationships by providing access to a wide range of products and services tailored to enhance sexual wellness and overall relationship satisfaction. Beyond dispensing medications, we serve as valuable resources for individuals and their partners seeking guidance and support for their sexual health needs.
Did you know pharmacists can offer personalized consultations about products or answer questions related to contraceptives, fertility aids, and sexual wellness products?
Moreover, pharmacies are discreet and confidential, so you can feel comfortable speaking to a professional about sensitive topics. We’re here to help you through it all – without judgment.
Visit Your Local Klingensmith’s Drug Stores for Help
If you’re looking for advice on any of the topics we just shared, visit your healthcare provider or stop by a Klingensmith’s location. We’ll be happy to point you in the right direction.
For further questions or information, you can also contact us online. In the meantime, Happy Valentine’s Day!