Touch Someone

Stress Relief Tool – Touch Someone Close To You

Touching someone you love on the shoulder can help reduce their anxiety, and reduce your stress level as well.

When you are frustrated, worried, or any other form of stress is manifesting inside of you, a shoulder rub, simple touch or hug from someone important to you makes a big difference in relieving your anxiety. It’s because we are humans, and one of our five primary senses is touch. Hugging has a particularly strong calming effect on us and reassures us that everything is going to be all right.

Scientific proof shows us that touching is one of the primary ways to release oxytocin, sometimes referred to as the “love hormone” because it elevates during hugging and orgasm. Touching someone you love has also been scientifically proven to reduce pain.1 And giving is just as good as receiving; giving a hug to someone who needs it can also help reduce the stress you feel.

Of course, before you offer a hug be mindful of the other person’s boundaries – including whether or not you both should be wearing face masks.

Please note that there is no guarantee a particular stress relief tool will work for you. Thus you must take complete responsibility for using them and for your own physical and emotional wellbeing. Further, Professor Pete Alexander is not a licensed health professional. Please consult qualified health practitioners regarding your use of any stress relief technique. Medical advice must only be obtained from a physician or qualified health practitioner.

  1. Barker, E. – New Neuroscience Reveals 4 Rituals That Will Make You Happy

Posted by Professor Pete Alexander

A seasoned professional with over 35 years of Sales, Marketing, Educational and Entrepreneurial experience, Pete has battled the negative effects of stress head-on and has developed the LIGHTEN™ stress relief model that motivates his peers to better protect their health and handle challenging situations with grace and success.

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