All it takes is 20 seconds! Yes, just 20 seconds hugging has the ability to reduce stress levels and help us feel relaxed.
So, how and why does hugging reduce stress?
Hugging actually increases the ‘love hormone’ oxytocin. Secreted by the pituitary gland, we can thank this naturally occurring love drug for reducing our stress levels and making us feel calmer, happier and more relaxed.
Oxytocin also reduces stress on the heart in particular; it floods through your veins lowering your blood pressure and lowering stress chemicals such as cortisol.
Who needs multivitamins when a hug can help keep your immune system healthy and strong?
When you receive a warm embrace, it can activate the Solar Plexus Chakra.
Activate your solar plexus and you can guarantee your thymus gland (happiness point) will also be woken from its slumber! (this may help balance your production of white blood cells)
Any increase in white blood cells ultimately boosts your immune system, keeping you protected from common colds.
Boost Self Esteem
Our skin is home to millions of nerves, intricate pathways controlling how we feel, touch and experience human connection.
Hugging has the ability to tune into our millions of nerves and when we feel sad or depressed the simplest of skin to skin contact can turn our mood around, encourage us to feel better about ourselves and the world around us.
Next time you are feeling sad or depressed; a hug may just help to transform those feelings back to one of self-worth and a positive mental attitude.