Yesterday I was at an event and I met someone new, she was much older than me, still, there was an even admiration towards each other and a few meaningful hugs were exchanged and it reminded me of how much I miss those tons of hugs I used to have each day.
Then there were people that I knew my whole life long and every hug from them, long and short, were heartfelt.
There was this one moment I was a bit upset and just sat down outside, quiet and away from most of the people, and someone, who I also have known for long came and asked me if I was alright (she knew everything that went down) and then after I assured her that I was okay and just collecting myself, she pulled me into her arms and I immediately felt comforted, better, and much happier.
I knew I had to make a blog about hugs and then went and created a quick draft post so that I won’t forget. Hugs are truly powerful and like my heading said, pretty “damn amazing”.
Whenever I am having a bad day or is down, all I really need is a good long hug from someone I care about. What makes you instantly feel better?
Benefits of hugging
- Hugs can make you happier.
- Hugs are natural stress reducers.
- It boosts your heart health
- Can protect you against illnesses
- Reduces fears, anxiety and even pain
- Helps with communication skills
- Improves relationships
The thing is when we hug, our muscles relax, oxytocin and endorphins get released, dopamine and serotonin levels increase… all these boosts your mood and relieves symptoms of depression.
How many hugs we need a day:
- Hugs should last about three seconds at the least.
Hugging someone you love for 20 seconds a day is the key to alleviating stress and beating burnout, according to a new book. A lingering embrace releases the bonding hormone oxytocin, which can lower your blood pressure, slow your heart rate and improve your mood.Mar 3, 2019
Covid-19 is slowly taking away parts of humanity and I can’t wait until most things are back to normal.
Feel free to leave any thoughts and experiences. Thanks for reading.
Much love. Take care🤗💞