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Releasing Shame and Fear Around Sex

shame around sex

Are you feeling overwhelmed and confused by the emotions of shame and fear when it comes to sex? It can be difficult to understand why we feel this way, but these feelings don’t have to hold us back from experiencing our sexuality in a healthy and fulfilling manner. This article aims to provide an understanding of the underlying causes of shame and fear around sex, as well as practical steps to move beyond them.

When it comes to exploring our sexuality, it’s normal to feel a range of emotions, including excitement, pleasure, and anticipation. Unfortunately for some of us, shame and fear also enter the picture and can become prominent, limiting our capacity to fully explore our sexuality. Shame and fear can arise due to a variety of factors. On an individual level, we might have internalized messages from our upbringing or experienced traumatic events in relation to sex that have left us feeling scared or ashamed. We may also carry shame and fear due to societal messages that sexualize and objectify, or imply that sex is “dirty” or “wrong.”

The first step towards releasing the feelings of shame and fear around sex is to gain an understanding of where they are coming from. Taking the time to explore and identify any underlying issues related to our emotions can be invaluable in shifting away from these negative feelings. A great resource for this is journaling, as it helps to bring awareness to our inner thoughts and feelings. Another tool is talking with a trusted friend or professional about our experiences, which can help us gain clarity around what is causing the shame and fear.

understanding underlying causes of shame and fear

It's also important to implement strategies that help us cope with the physical sensations of shame and fear. Practices like mindfulness and deep breathing can be incredibly helpful in calming our nervous system, as well as helping us stay present in the moment and observe our emotions without judgment. Additionally, it can be helpful to connect with others who have experienced similar feelings as a means of validation and support. We might also consider engaging in activities that bring us pleasure and joy, such as spending time outdoors or listening to music - anything that helps create balance in our lives and shifts focus away from the negative emotions.

Releasing shame and fear around sex can be a complex and challenging process, but with a greater understanding of their causes and the right tools in place, it is possible to move beyond these difficult emotions. By taking the time to explore our experiences and implement strategies that help us cope, we can create the space needed to fully embrace our sexuality.

If you’re ready to start your journey of releasing shame and fear around sex, take the first step today by exploring what is causing these emotions for you and researching ways to better cope with them. With the right support and dedication, you can move forward with more acceptance of your sexuality.

Call a trusted intimacy coach today and start the process of opening up to the freedom of your sexuality. ​​​Your journey to self-acceptance awaits! ​​Take the first step today.

"The only way out is through." - Robert Frost
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