In moments of anxiety, fear and pain we tend to solicit touch. Receptors in our skin can be activated by squeeze, embrace or massage. When they are activated, they send a signal to the brain to produce oxytocin, a hormone that is responsible for painkilling and stress relieving. The sad truth is that we only seek someone’s touch when we are afraid or hurt. And that’s how we miss “happy touch” that we can produce without feeling hurt or scared.
Here’re a few tips how to produce it every day!
Hugging sends messages to the whole body. By hugging someone, the body receives calming messages that go to nerves and then extend to the muscles, heart and stomach. Heart rate slows and the blood pressure drops, which makes you feel more relaxed. So, hug your friends, your relatives, your boyfriend/girlfriend, even your pet – it will help you, but it will also help them too.
Find something soft
Subconsciously, we tend to enjoy soft fabrics and objects. Soft fabrics make the feeling of safety and comfort, which reminds us of childhood – when we didn’t have worries and when we were under the parents protection. It calms our body and makes us relaxed during those tough days that we can’t handle easily. So, grab your soft blanket and enjoy!
Both giving and receiving a massage is beneficial. Massage delivers relaxation effects, ease pain, and charge energy. There are various types of massages, so pick one that fits you. You can choose between Balinese massage, Anima massage, Foot massage, Medical massage, Sports massage, Stones massage, etc.
On the other side – seeing someone enjoy your massage relaxes your body and brain too. So, next time someone asks for a massage, do it with happiness.
Spend time in/with nature
Just the feeling of being outside can make you feel relaxed, less stressed, energized and happy. It’s summertime, which means that now you can enjoy with full lungs. Walk barefoot on grass, or sand, play various games with your friends or pet, go swimming, go to the forest, explore that beautiful world around you.
Spend time with animals
It’s well known that animals are stress relievers. By touching animals our body and brain relax, our blood pressure drops and the happy hormones are getting into the brain. Their soft fur is very helpful for our health, as well as their love towards us. Animals are also very interesting, so you will never get bored with them. Grab your dog, your cat, pet a stray animal on the street. You will see the benefit at the exact moment.