No matter how hard the situation is or how big the problem seems, sometimes all you need is a hug from someone close to you to help things feel right. Have you ever thought about the overall benefits of hugging daily? Being enveloped by caring arms can help you get through a multitude of problems.
Here is a list of a few benefits of hugging:
1. Lower Blood Pressure
Hugging doesn’t just make you feel good, it helps reduce your blood pressure. When someone hugs us it causes skin sensations, which turns on pressure receptors in our skin called Pacinian corpuscles, which sends signals to areas of the brain responsible for controlling blood pressure.
2. Hugs make you feel good
`Hugs can make you feel good. When you receive a hug your body releases the hormone oxytocin, which is responsible for making you feel good. It can remove negative feelings of loneliness, anger, and sadness.
3. Improved Immunity
Hugs create mild pressure on our sternum and give us an emotional charge which activates the solar plexus chakra. This chakra coordinates with the thymus gland and enhances production of white blood cells that help fight infection.
4. Hugs heal pain
Hugs are a muscle relaxant. When we hug our bodies release tension, the more you hug the more tension you release. Hugs also improve circulation in soft tissues and helps reduce pain.
5. Hugs are stress busters
Hugs are one of the best stress busters, and they are completely natural and free! Hugging reduces the stress hormone cortisol helping you feel light and relaxed.
6. Hugged babies are healthier adults
A study conducted at Emory University concluded that hugging in the early stages of life results in a less stressed adult. Kids that get regular hugs from their parents and siblings become happier adults.
7. They help you conquer fear
Hugs can help you conquer your fear. A study found hugging reduces worries and fears, even fear of death. The study also found that hugging a non-living object like a teddy bear or pillow can produce the same result.
8. Improve Confidence
Hugging helps you feel as though you are not alone, and that there are people who love and support you. This increases self-confidence helping you give 100% to any task that needs it.
9. Easy form of meditation
Hugs are a simple, easy form of meditation. When we hug frequently we learn to live in the present and stop worrying about things. Hugging can help break circular thinking and connect to your inner self. Hugging helps you follow your heart and gives importance to feelings.
10. Improved self-esteem
Studies prove that those who hug more have higher self-esteem. People with high self-esteem feel good about themselves and are more effective in many areas of life and is important for overall growth and development.
Hugging helps promote a bond of trust, feelings of safety, and feelings of affection for a person.