Studies suggest that huggging can reduce stress hormones, lower blood pressure, boost heart health, and reduce inflamation. Hugs also promote the production of oxytocin, known as the "love hormone", an important hormone that serves as a stress buffer, but also helps us feel connected and bonded to others.
The last years of isolation have taken a lot from us, and physical touch was a big loss in this process. Many people are still struggling, not feeling safe to touch others. Several others have missed a simple handshake, or a big and calming hug.
How have you dealt with the loss of physical touch? Is this something you have missed? If you feel safe, go hug your loved ones!!!