What can you do to decrease stress? We give some suggestions in our book, and Web MD
has some information that may be helpful. Sometimes just taking on fewer tasks or modifying your work schedule may be all that you need to do. Many people find that exercise helps reduce stress, and you’ll also get the positive effect of conditioning your circulation to maximize blood flow for erectile function.
Relaxation and Arousal
Relaxation is a learned response. Doing yoga or meditation, for example, teaches you how to relax. Just taking four slow, deep breaths inhaling through your nose is a simple relaxation technique. Once you learn how to allow your body and nervous system to relax, that will be the same state of mind you need for allowing the penile arteries to dilate. An erection occurs when the body is relaxed and when you are optimally aroused, provided your circulation is conditioned to provide the increased blood flow, and the ability of your penile blood vessels to produce and maintain NO is maximized. An erection is not something you try to have- it’s something you allow yourself to have by relaxing. Trying to consciously flex the muscles in the penis will prevent blood flow from filling the penile vessels. Only when the penis is maximally engorged and hard, can flexing the muscles temporarily make it more rigid, because at that point the outflow of blood is already constricted.
Stress can become significant and be associated with anxiety and even depression. When ED is associated with significant anxiety or depression professional help should be obtained to diagnose and treat these serious problems.