Given everything going on in this crazy world, I will spare you the examples, but we could all use more hugs in our lives.
Now I know some of you will ask what about the “pandemic”, however, putting that aside for a minute or two, understand that there are many benefits a hug will bring to your life. The promote health, create happiness and in some cases can calm someone.
I’ll be honest, in the past few weeks, many people have began giving me hugs again and I love every single one of them—again, do you and your own comfort level. But it got me thinking about the benefits of a hug because its always been stated that hugs improve health. But I never researched it before, I took people at their word or some random news report.
Is it true that studies show that hugs have been proven to boost our immune system, lower blood pressure and heart rate, make us feel safe, increase our self-esteem, and allow us to feel a part of something bigger than ourselves?
I did some poking around and found plenty of supporting studies and articles in medical journals to show that the act of hugging releases oxytocin and serotonin, which are often affectionately referred to as the feel good and love hormones. Oxytocin and serotonin are important hormones and neurotransmitters that are associated with empathy and trust, known to be essential for bonding and relationship building. These hormones help us feel happy, calm, and confident and well as creating happiness and alleviate sadness.
In addition to the feel-good hormones, hugs have also been proven to decrease the release of a stress hormone called cortisol. Giving and receiving an embrace may even decrease blood pressure and heart rate. It may also have benefits as a treatment for several conditions, including depression, anxiety, and intestinal problems.
In the research I found, it is very possible that hugs are good for us–including our mental, emotional, physical, and even spiritual health. I say bring it in and give me a squeeze, but watch your hands!
What I found was 8-12 hugs a day can benefit our health, however the length of a hug can also be taken into consideration. So, if your short on hugs, consider holding it a little longer! In fact, its been proven that mood changes after receiving hugs. Mostly positive by the way!
At the end of the day, we need to pay attention to our personal feelings about the matter because if we have negative emotions connected to a certain activity. Then we need to follow our heart and do what feels right.
If you do not feel safe giving and receiving hugs during the pandemic, maybe a body pillow or a pet could help you achieve your hugging goals. I would love to hear your thoughts on how to safely give a hug during the pandemic
Life is made up of moments and I have tried my best to research and find ways to improve my health. A strong heart is essential to staying healthy as well as antioxidants to protect our cells. I give my circulatory and cardiovascular system some additional love by supplementing my diet with the Heart Activation Stack.
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching which reminds me of love, hugs and all things hearts.
I am looking forward to hearing your thoughts on safely giving and getting hugs and alternative ways to get your 8-12 a day! Have a wonderful Super Bowl and Valentines weekend! Do what makes your heart happy, it might just be good for you. Cheers!
Senya Borrelli is a resident of Contra Costa County who is a wellness advocate and a distributor for LifeVantage. She is a wife, a mother, teacher and a coach. If you have any questions, you can email her at [email protected] .
For more information, visit her at www.activatewithsenya.com.