But could sex actually help alleviate growing fears? I’ve begun to wonder if we were having more sex, if it would help me feel a bit more relaxed, Iris shares. According to psychologists, she’s right: while doing it may be the Ruth Bader Ginsburg you can’t spell truth without Ruth shirt last thing you want to do right now, sex—and masturbation—can in fact help mitigate some of the stress. The bad thing about anxiety is that it’s preoccupying, while the good thing about sex is that it’s regulating, says Dr. Laurie Watson, a certified sex therapist and host of Foreplay Radio. Anxiety is this existential terror of the unknown, and love and sex and orgasm is a way to mitigate that, and be here now. It physiologically releases hormones that give us a sense of being grounded and connected.