Hug Somebody Special!
There is a lot of evidence that people with positive caring relationships live longer, happier lives. Positive social connections release oxytocin in the brain and that can improve your health and steer you away from depression (and possibly the unhealthy choices that follow it.) If you find yourself without people, try communing with nature or with animals, these are also equally satisfying connections. If you like to be alone, that’s one thing, if you are alone and you don’t want to be, reach out!
Share in a friendship activity or hug at least one person every day.
Social Distancing and Hugging
When illness restricts us from getting those hugs it doesn’t make human interaction any less necessary for us. During times of isolation here are some ideas to help your brain keep churning out oxytocin:
1) Sing together (music heals)
2) Tell each other stories
3) Hug a tree, be in nature
4) Care for animals
5) Make things for people you care about
6) Make plans with people you care about
7) Imagine sharing hugs with your special people
8) Hug a pillow while you talk to someone special