Today, the 10th October, is World Mental Health Day. It is a day when we look in-depth at our own mental health and how we can help others. It is a reminder to take time out for yourself, to understand your own mental health, and to know when to draw the line. Although many don’t realise it, punting can have a huge impact on your mental health.
In the world of sex work, people don’t typically look at the mental health of punters in a positive way. They don’t see that punting can actually be great for your mental health.
Mental health in Scotland
Mental health is one of the biggest challenges facing people in the current climate. More and more people are being diagnosed with mental health difficulties than ever before, though perhaps this is because doctors have a better understanding of the issues facing people now.
As the Scottish Government site tells us, “around one in three people are estimated to be affected by mental illness in any one year”. This is a huge amount of people, and the chances are that you will either know someone suffering or be that one in three.
While we are told that Scottish suicide rates are at the lowest that they have ever been, we still have a long way to go. Mental health is a topic we need to address, and it helps if we can understand more about it.
Why do we punt?
The assumption from many on the outside looking in is that people choose to see escorts because they are lazy and incapable of getting a date any other way. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve seen this assumption written about in so many different places, and it doesn’t seem to end.
The reality is that punters date escorts for a specific experience. They might want to speak to a professional dominatrix in order to have the best kinky experience that they can. They may decide that they’d like a massage after a particularly stressful week at work, and that they want to feel good while doing it.
Some punters might have social anxiety, or perhaps they have been through a difficult relationship and want some companionship with no strings attached. They could just love the company that they keep by punting. Yet punters are often made to feel guilty for wanting to spend time with escorts, which can have a huge impact on their mental health. You feel as though you have to explain yourself, instead of doing things for yourself.
How escorts help your mental health
The fact of the matter is that dating escorts can be a huge help to punters. We already know that massages relieve stress, and so going to see a masseuse is more acceptable… so why not dating escorts?
Your mental health can have a huge impact on your sex life. In January of last year, our very own Zoe Jaspers spoke about her friend’s bipolar disorder, and just how that can affect his sex life. Mental health can change your life in many ways, and so doing the things that make you happy can make a difference.
When you date an escort, you know exactly what you are getting. There are no strings attached and no unexpected surprises. You know exactly where you stand. They’ll ease you into the session and give you the care that you need. There is no judgement from them, and you’ll find that you feel very comfortable with them. Escorts feel safer than the dating world, and with so much stress, anxiety, and depression in the world, why shouldn’t we enjoy safe environments?
About World Mental Health Day
If you have had or even know anyone who has had to deal with mental health issues before, then you’ll know how difficult it can be. The stigma surrounding the topic makes it hard to deal with, and when you add another stigma to it, it becomes a minefield you can’t get out of. For many punters, it makes what should feel safe and welcoming feel like even more of a challenge.
That is why World Mental Health Day is so important. World Mental Health Day highlights the fact that, while we have come a long way, we still have a way to go to break the stigma surrounding mental health. When you go punting, you are indulging in a little self-care. You are doing something that makes you happy and makes you feel safe. That is incredibly important!
Remember: if you have any concerns about your mental health, it is worth speaking to a professional. Your mental health doesn’t have to become a barrier to you living your life, so do what you can to find ways through or around the barrier.
Since then she has gained a fine reputation with her blogs on sex advice, sexual health and amusing news stories from around the globe. She is also a campaigner for the rights of sex workers from all over the world.
In her spare time, Lara keeps herself active by going running, and is something of a film buff. She also loves to go travelling.