Article: Housework and stress (libido connection?)
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|Sat, 10-08-2011 - 3:30pm|
There's an interesting article in the Autumn 2011 issue of Trojan Family magazine:
Quote: "A USC study published in the Journal of Family Psychologyfound that it isn’t enough for couples to relax together for their stress levels to fall at the end of the day. Men find it easier to unwind if their wives are still busy with chores. Women prefer hands-on help: Their stress levels go down if their husbands chip in with housework...For both husbands and wives, the research showed, doing more housework kept cortisol levels higher at the end of the day – in other words, doing chores seemed to limit their ability to recover from work-related stress...For wives, cortisol profiles were healthier if their husbands did chores alongside them in the home. Alternately for husbands, leisure was linked to healthier cortisol levels – but only if their wives kept busy with chores."
I'm not entirely sure that high cortisol levels are linked to low libido, but at least some people think so (http://cortisolconnection.com/ch6_5.php, http://www.livestrong.com/article/78982-high-cortisol-symptoms/, http://www.southerncaliforniacenterforantiaging.com/low-libido). So, for HL men in ML relationships that seem to be suffering due to high cortisol levels from stress, would doing the housework alongside one's mate improve the ML by reducing stress and cortisol levels? And for HL women in similar ML relationships, would doing housework while one's mate relaxes be the answer?
I was also intrigued by this finding: "...more happily married women showed healthier cortisol patterns, while women who reported marital dissatisfaction had flatter cortisol profiles, which have been associated with chronic stress. Men’s marital satisfaction ratings, on the other hand, were not connected to their cortisol patterns." Does this mean that the average LL woman could experience an increase in libido if her stress hormone levels were reduced by helping her feel happier about her marriage? What other things might help reduce her stress hormone levels and thus increase her libido (besides doing housework alongside her and helping her feel happier about her marriage)? And does this mean that an HL woman's efforts to improve the ML by helping her mate feel happier in general about the relationship are wasted (on average)?