Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Are you Drowning in a Sea of Stress Hormones? The One Minute Hug

Puppies know how important daily touch is.
This article does a great job of explaining stress hormones and how touch can be part of the answer.

The article speaks to massage therapy as a touch modality. I actually recommend that you seek out touch on a daily basis. We're all so very busy but most of us can set aside one minute. My suggestion - and unfortunately I can't remember where I heard this in order to give credit to the originator - is to spend one minute hugging your significant other or even your pet each and every day. This isn't a fly by hug while you're thinking about four other things you need to accomplish tonight. It's a solid minute where your concentration is on the sensation of giving and receiving touch in the form of a hug - actually a snuggle works just as well.

What if you don't have a pet or SO available each and every day? Skin brushing is one way to provide yourself with a daily dose of self care in the form of touch. To maximize the touch benefit be sure to really concentrate on the sensations you experience while performing skin brushing.

Your challenge is to make daily touch a priority and see how it changes your mood and stress level. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.


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