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Try a Little More Physical Contact for Better Health

By Tom Herrin

In today’s society, people are pretty fast-paced.  Rushing out the door and hurrying from place to place has become a lifestyle that all too many people seem to have fallen into.  They certainly try to squeeze in everything but often fall short in the simple areas. Slowing down enough to take the time to be in touch with others is a critical part of good health.  For those with children, grandchildren, or other contact with young people, recognizing their needs can be a great way to help to make their lives better by combining emotional well-being with good health.  

Watch for Fears

Children all have some natural fears.  Some of them appear to be inborn, others may well be due to many other factors.  Young children are often insecure about the world around them. It is no wonder if they hear people discussing all of the things that seem to be present as threats to their safety.  For many of them, simply being separated from parents for a time can make them fear abandonment. Being perceptive in regards to their feelings of insecurity is a critical part of support.

Watch for Signs of Unhappiness

Sometimes children are outwardly sad.  Sometimes it is not so easy to recognize.  They may attempt to hide their feelings out of more stress.  Lower levels of energy, difficulty in sleeping, or lack of attention are just a few signs that something may be wrong.  It is not that everyone should try to be a psychologist, but they should try to be aware of signs and symptoms of problems in children.  Failure to recognize signs and seek help is a problem in too many cases.

Be Physical

Children, as well as many adults, thrive on personal contact.  The human touch has been considered a cure for many problems for years.  When it comes to those you come in contact with on a daily basis, a simple hug can go a long way.  There is some belief that hugs may help to improve pain tolerance and avoid illness. It has also been thought to lower blood pressure and reduce stress.  Most importantly, there is good evidence that hugs can improve mood and an individual’s sense of greater sense of acceptance by others. The bottom line is that if you deal with children, or anyone else for that matter, regular hugs may go a long way to promoting better overall health.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Lone Tree, Colo.


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