Saturday, December 6, 2014

The Truth about Hugs

Dear Sister Knowitall,

I have been so stressed lately. Feeling low and running crazy and disconnected with my spouse and kids. 
Any advise on how to get it all back?

Stressfully Disconnected.

Dear Disconnected.

Go for the hug. How long have you been hugging your spouse and your kids. Sometimes we get so caught up in our own world and what is going on we forget such simple things that are sceintifically proven to help.
Have you been hugged lately? Did you know... "The average length of a hug  3 seconds, but researchers have discovered something worthwhile. When a hug lasts 20 seconds, there is a therapeutic effect on the body and mind. The reason is that a sincere hug produces a hormone called "oxytocin", also known as the love hormone. This substance has many benefits in our physical and mental health, helps us, among other things, to relax, to feel safe and calm our fears and anxiety. It actually helps reduce the stress causing hormone cortisol in the body. As does a yawn incidentally. yawning, releases cortisol more quickly every felt that quick release of tension after a good jaw breaking yawn. So calm yourself and your loved once free of charge every time we have a person in our arms, when we cradled a child, cherish a dog or cat, we're dancing with our partner, the closer we get to someone or just hold the shoulders of a friend." Try it out and hug a loved one today.  You'll both benefit greatly. 

Love Wins, 
Sister Knowitall