Activate the Love Hormone (Oxytocin)
Incorporate more physical touch into your day: Hug your partner meaningfully (for at least 20 seconds). Practice thoughtful touch by placing your hand on a friend’s arm or offering a pat on the back to show support. Engage in physical play with your kids. Practice self-massage - gently rubbing your temples, shoulders, palms or feet. Place your hand on your heart or hold your own hand each day.
Reassuring touch tells your body and brain that you are supported, releasing tension and even boosting immunity. Bonding with a baby, hugging, having orgasms, and connecting with friends all release oxytocin, promoting feelings of love, trust, safety and belonging.