Your own personal sex education.
Sex/Life is our latest Netflix show craze, and it's got us thinking more about... ahem... our sex lives.
There are plenty of ways to enhance yours - be it through toys or new positions - but how do you know what's actually working best for you?
This is where a sex diary can help. No, seriously – hear us out.
Maybe you're in a relationship and after the initial buzz of lockdown sex died down (come on, what else did we have to do in quarantine?, your sex life has a got a little less exciting.
Or maybe things with your SO are seriously longterm, and you're looking for a way to spice things up.
And even if you're looking to document your own solo pleasure, there's benefits here too in keeping a sex diary.
Ultimately, it's for your own enjoyment and to get better acquainted with how you feel about your sex life. Here's what you need to know.
Why should you keep a sex journal?
Journaling is often recommended as a way to go inwards, self-reflect or even to let worries and situations go. Depending on how you feel about your sex life, a journal can be a good way to do these things.
It might seem weird at first, given that the main window we have for talking about sex is drunkenly with a trusted friend, but think about how freeing it could be.
How often do you share the nitty gritty details of your sex life? Let's be real, real sex rarely is the way it looks on our screens (including you, Sex/Life). It's easy to feel like your experiences aren't "normal", whatever that actually means.
Kate Moyle, sex and relationship expert at sexual wellness brand LELO tells us: "Journaling is a commonly used tool in therapy for externalising, building self-awareness and helping to reflect on experiences, thoughts and feelings.
"Writing to yourself in this way can also highlight to you where you might be placing certain judgements, assumptions or ideas, which when it comes to sex can have a really big impact on our sex lives and experiences.
Writing them down either in the moment or returning to then can really highlight some of both the internal and external factors which might be impacting us sexually."
A journal is a private way to dissect these thoughts, which might even make talking about them later with your partner or friend easier.
Or just keep it for yourself - in a fun way, it'll be like a little log of your sexual adventures.
Are their benefits for single people, too?
We've spent the last year in isolation, and for some single people, the idea of getting back out there sexually will be daunting.
Kate says journaling can help you process your thoughts around sex, as well as the act itself.
"Processing, externalising and exploring our thoughts and feelings, particularly when it comes to sex which we might feel is more challenging to discuss with others, can give us a chance to work out where we are at and how we're doing.
We can get so caught up in the moment when it comes to sex, that we may need a bit of space in order to do this properly which sex can offer.
"How you use a sex journal is unique to you - it's not prescriptive.
For others it can also offer a form of self sex education, learning about themselves and what they like and don't like in a way which doesn't necessarily involve a partner," she explains.
So, how do you start?
"Whenever you want to," Kate says, but warns to not go in "immediately after sex as you also have your partner and their thoughts and feelings to respond to". Doing this could create anxieties in them about what you're writing - not ideal.
What should you keep in mind while writing?
The act of journaling is meant to be helpful in essence, rather than being yet another tool to self-criticise.
Kate says: "The aim of this type of journalling is not about judging performance or a way of assessing yourself, it's a means of reflecting and being able to self-learn and process.
Sex is a subjective experience but for too long we have been looking for objective ways to try and measure it to see how we are doing - and this is what journaling shouldn't be about.
"It might be helpful to notice how you feel writing, and what comes up for you and to learn what's working for you sexually and what isn't.
This isn't just in terms of physically what you are doing but emotionally and psychologically where you're at.
Should you look back over it?
That's entirely down to you and will differ depending on how you're using the journal. Some people won't want to look back, others might even find some enjoyment in doing so.
As long as you're using the journal in an uncompetitive way and as a "tool for learning", Kate says it'll likely help your sexual wellness.
"When we feel that we know more, it can contribute to feeling more confident and when it comes to our sex lives this can be really positive," Kate says.
This article originally appeared on Glamour UK| Author: Tanyel Mustafa