Blue Monday? That’s so last week. Here at eve we’re all about yellow Mondays.
We all need a little boost come the start of the week so we’re claiming back Monday with a cuddle. Go ahead, grab a friend, family member, maybe even a colleague and give them a squeeze. There are actually quite a few surprising benefits…
- Cuddling releases oxytocin
Not just a fun word to say, oxytocin is actually the hormone that does everything from making you feel good to helping you feel connected with others. It’s crucial when cuddling as you see it’s benefits pop up a few times throughout the list below.
- Cuddling boosts your immune system
You know how when you’re in love you get that feeling of invincibility? That’s good old oxytocin working its magic. This feel-good hormone makes you feel as if nothing can hurt you. Not a bad benefit right? It also increases hormones that help to fight infection. So basically you’re boosting your immune system because you’re feeling too good and healthy to get sick.
- Cuddling relieves pain
Just as it boosts your immune system, cuddling and releasing oxytocin decreases your pain levels. Think about it. Whenever your neck hurts you rub it right? That’s because even simple touches release enough oxytocin to make you feel better. Just imagine the effect a good old-fashioned cuddle has.
- Cuddling helps deepen relationships
People can often forget just how important touch is in a relationship. Instead of coming home stressed about the outside world, try just cuddling you partner for 5 minutes. This brief break from the stress of the day will not only give you all the other benefits listed here, but also deepen your relationship as you take time to focus solely on your partner and what you feel for them.
- Cuddling can lead to more
No laughing at the back! Did you know that even non-erotic touch can release dopamine, a hormone that increases sexual desire. Getting a hug or massage from your partner after a long day can lead to more which is win-win for both of you. It’s not exactly going to damage your relationship either.
- Cuddling helps women bond
Dream chemical oxytocin doesn’t just inspire good feeling between couples. It also works for women and their babies as it helps new mums relax during breastfeeding. It also enables sleep. It’s pretty cool really.
- Cuddling reduces social anxiety
Oxytocin inspires positive thinking, giving you an optimistic outlook on the world. That’s why we tend to feel more comfortable at social occasions when we receive a hug on arrival. A simple hug can turn a wallflower into life and soul of the party.
- Cuddling reduces stress
That’s probably pretty obvious by now. It’s only natural that all the positive effects of oxytocin are going to release stress right? After all what have you got to be stress about? You’re feeling more connected to your partner, you’re confident in social situations and, because your immune system is stronger you feel on top of the world. A life full of cuddles is a life well lived.
- Cuddling lowers your risk of heart disease.
If you’re thinking “surely not” then you’re still clearly underestimating the power of oxytocin. Think about it. Less stress and less anxiety means lower blood pressure, which means (you guessed it) lower less risk of heart disease. Next to exercise and a healthy diet, cuddling is a great way to stay healthier, longer.
- Cuddling doesn’t have a definition
Remember, cuddling doesn’t have to be between you and your romantic partner. You can cuddle your friends, family, you can even cuddle a pet. The effects of touch and cuddling are all the same so what are you waiting for? Get out there and get hugging.