The growing evidence of touch becomes the source for physical, mental, and relationship well-being.
Marriage and Family Therapist and author, Holly Brown wrote about the importance and possible fix in marriage with just adding touch in their daily regimen. She noted the key for continued connection, love and intimacy was to incorporate a regiment of mindful touching with your partner. She adds, “Touch has a physiological impact. It soothes our nervous systems. It can release chemicals of well-being. And yet, when people are most stressed, they tend to touch their partners the least. It feels like there’s no time for affection, but on the contrary, that’s when you most need it.” (pp 4).
CNN also has reported the importance of touch in overall health, “From lowering blood pressure and heart rate to increasing immune function and relieving pain, getting touched or doing some touching makes you healthier — not to mention happier and less anxious.” The article adds: “‘Cortisol suppresses the immune response,’ explains Roberta Lee, MD, vice chair of the Department of Integrative Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. ‘Anything that increases the relaxation response triggers the restoration of your immune response.'”
Here is a list of things you can try to boost that immune system, feel better physically, mentally and emotionally:
- Get a massage
- Hug it out
- Hold hands with your honey or kids
- Have sex
- Cuddle up with your pet