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How regular hugs affect person's health

How regular hugs affect person's health How hugs affect human health (photo: Freepik)

Due to the current conditions, people often experience stress or anxiety. Despite the recommendation to consult a psychologist for chronic conditions, something as simple as hugs can positively impact overall health.

Telegram channel Psykholohichna Pidtrymka discusses how hugs affect emotional state and health.

How hugs help

In addition to the negative impact of war, digitization also has a certain effect. Even though virtual communication makes communication with colleagues and friends more accessible - as well as dating - such interaction leads to increased anxiety, feelings of loneliness, and isolation.

For this reason, tactile sensations, including hugs, are necessary. It turns out that they not only improve mood but can also affect physical health.

The following positive effects of hugs are highlighted:

Improvement of self-esteem

Hugs make a person feel valuable and loved. This positively affects self-perception and increases self-esteem.

Reduction of anxiety symptoms and feelings of loneliness

Hugs create a feeling of safety and unity, as there is another person nearby. Therefore, this can reduce anxiety and help overcome feelings of loneliness.

Stress reduction

During hugs, the body releases a certain hormone responsible for feelings of happiness and calmness - oxytocin. And this reduces the level of the so-called stress hormone - cortisol.

Boosting the immune system

It turns out that not only vitamins but also tactile contact stimulate the immune system. Research results show that people who hug more often are less likely to get sick.

What helps like hugs

While hugs from friends, family, or loved ones are perhaps the best source of tactile contact, other methods can help achieve a similar effect, namely:

Professional massage

Massage is not just about tactile sensations; it helps restore muscle tone and relieve tension. However, it is advisable to consult with a doctor first to determine which type of massage is right for you.

Dance and yoga

In addition to contact with other people, including tactile contact, dance and yoga help you feel your body better, focus, or release emotions.

There are various styles of dance and yoga, so you can choose according to your taste and physical abilities.


Research shows that spending time with a dog or cat can also provide a sense of emotional closeness and reduce stress.

However, it is important to remember that each pet has its personality, and you should not get a pet if you cannot give it the necessary attention and care. However, you can consider becoming a caretaker for an animal in a shelter.

To experience an effect similar to the effect of hugs, you can also use warm or soft things, for example, wear warm and soft clothing, wrap yourself in a fluffy blanket, or hug a soft toy or large pillow. This will help you feel comfortable and safe.

By the way, we previously wrote about how to get rid of chronic anxiety.

Also, read about 10 threats to mental health.

This material is for informational purposes only and should not be used for medical diagnosis or self-treatment. Our goal is to provide readers with accurate information about symptoms, causes, and methods of detecting diseases. RBС-Ukraine is not responsible for any diagnoses that readers may make based on materials from the resource. We do not recommend self-treatment and advise consulting a doctor in case of any health concerns.