Express Yourself with Hugs for Better Health

By Tom Herrin

People spend a lot of time and effort trying to communicate.  Many times, it falls short due to the fact that so much is spent on electronic media.  Walking around anywhere, indoors or out, where people are gathered can provide the picture that the gathering has no real purpose.  People spend far too much of their time interacting with their device rather than people. It is unfortunate that so many have abandoned the person-to-person mode.  Communicating in this way can be as simple as a touch or hug. Either of these is often gratifying to both the giver and the receiver.

Hugs May Help Us Lose Our Fears

Just about everyone has fears.  Children have some that can become serious without some kind of intervention or other thing to comfort them.  There are times when a hug can make all of that go away. The physical touch and reassurance of a hug can help someone to feel more confidence and acceptance.  

Hugs May Lower Blood Pressure

The act of hugging can release hormones in the body that can affect some of the nerves.  These nerves can help to control the blood pressure, lowering it when they are released. Most people have had that feeling of the blood pressure lowering when they are receiving a hug but likely had no idea of the real connection.  The bottom line is that regular hugs can actually go a long way toward keeping the blood pressure in check.

Hugs Can Make People Feel Good

When we hug, our body releases oxytocin.  This is one of those real feel good hormones that does just that.  When we are engaged in hugging, we can create a bond with another person that can go a long way in helping us to feel more upbeat and happy.  It may be referred to as a warm fuzzy feeling. Even someone having a bad day or simply in a bad mood can hardly resist the change of emotions created by the release of these hormones.  When we feel good, the world seems brighter. When we hug our children or other family members, we can help to brighten their view of the world. It can serve as a motivator and stress reliever.  What a cheap and simple way to promote better emotional health.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Englewood, N.J.


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