Sometimes, the world is just too busy, too sad and too much out of our control, that we just want to curl up and wait for everything to settle down.
I have been in communication with a good friend of mine who has had several bereavements in the family. With them living so far, I have not been able to give them any physical hugs. I can’t change the situation they are going through, however, I want them to know that they are not alone. One way of doing that is hugging. Hugs reduce stress by showing your support, they can make the giver and receiver feel happier as: Oxytocin, a chemical in our bodies that scientists sometimes call the “cuddle hormone” is released. Hugs also may help reduce fears and reduce pain. I hope to see them soon, so that I can give them the biggest, longest hug I can. Hopefully, it will go a little way to let them know that I have been thinking of them and let them know that they are not alone.