After writing a blog on the importance of making physical activity a part of our everyday lives, I realized that experiencing physical touch daily is equally vital for our well-being.
Firstly, let me clarify that physical touch is not having intercourse or touching only the private parts of one’s partner. It does not necessarily mean that one has to caress their spouses or be sexually involved. And, it does not only mean simply satisfying the sensual needs of one another.
So, what does it mean then? We, humans, are always in need of skin-to-skin contact with our near and dear ones. It is something that can drive us to do our best. Physical touch lets us know that we are important. It is more about feeling wanted and safe. But, it is not only a bond that is established here. Our brain also starts activating the ‘feel good’ hormones throughout our body.
Physical touch can include a hug from our children, a peck from our spouses, holding hands with our parents, resting our heads on a friend’s shoulder, lying down next to our partners or a simple touch on the cheek. It could be any type of skin-to-skin contact. And, here is why any physical touch is as important as physical activity.
Skin-to-skin contact helps us to think positively and have an optimistic outlook in general. Merely sitting close to someone can help you think better because you feel better.
As the body generates feelings of kindness during skin contact, this helps the individual to develop trust within their safe circles. You are open to accept suggestions and changes by other people around you.
Physical touch increases our dopamine levels and helps improve our moods. Perhaps some of us should have had that loving touch or hug during our pregnancies, right? Physical touch also reduces negative feelings like anxiety, stress, sadness, etc.
Some of you may be thinking that these days everything seems to be focused on improving our immune system. With the current scenario, I think we should do everything that helps our immunity, shouldn’t we? Physical touch helps improve our immune system and keeps several illnesses away.
Did you know that regular hugs can help reduce ailments associated with heart and blood? For example, hugs helps lower blood pressure and keeps your heart functioning smoothly.
Like I said in one of my morning quotes to ponder on, whenever you feel ill or low for no reason, instead of medications, sometimes spending time with someone you love will help you feel better. Having a shoulder to cry on may not solve your issue at hand but will surely help you feel lighter.
Again, giving someone a tight hug makes the other person feel safe, wanted, loved, good, etc. Your body will express your emotions through this simple hug. Try it, especially after a lover’s quarrel. 😉
A hand on someone’s shoulder can get you their attention like never before. The skin contact will force them to look at you while you speak to them. Sometimes when you are trying to get someone’s attention, do try to touch their shoulder or cheek and see how it works.
Physical touch (with good intentions) plays a significant role in everyday life. If you are the kind that wants to be untouched, try any skin-to-skin contact with friends and family and see the difference in the way you feel. You will realize how lonely your world was without it. Research shows that some people are happy and thriving even in a sexless marriage. Of course, this depends on each individual involved in the relationship. But, nevertheless, simple skin-to-skin contact does help in many ways.
What do you think of this article? How do you get your daily dose of physical touch?