New Delhi: Amid the ongoing Valentine’s week, hug day is among the most awaited one as it brings boost your relationship and is basically a love language. Apart from the benefits to your relationship, hugs are also known to benefit your overall health. According to previous studies, a 20-second hug helps reduce harmful effects of stress, relieves blood pressure, and ensures a healthy heart.
As we know it is never enough, research shows increasing the hug ratio results in reduced blood pressure, decreased cortisol, improved healing, reduced cravings, and better immunity. Let’s get to know the health benefits of hugs in detail.
Happy hug day: Health benefits of hugging
Hugs can help reduce stress:Hugs are a way to show your support and love to someone. While this may be just a hug for you, the other person can feel more relaxed by it. Oxytocin, also known as cuddle hormone, is released when you get a hug. This hormone is linked with happiness and less stress.
In a study, researchers found that women react best to this hormone which improves their mental health quotient.
Hugs promotes immunity: The stress reducing action can also help boost your immunity. In a study, researchers analysed over 400 adults and found that hugging may reduce the chances of getting sick.
The study also observed that those who had a great support system have less severe symptoms if they get sick as compared to the others.
Hugs can boost heart health:It has been scientifically proven that hugs can be give a boost to your heart health. In an earlier study, scientists split a group of about 200 adults into two groups. In one group the partners were asked to hold hands for 10 minutes, followed by a 20-second hug with each other. The other group had romantic partners who sat in silence for 10 minutes and 20 seconds.
The researchers found that the first group showed greater reductions in blood pressure levels and heart rate than the second group. The findings indicate that an affectionate relationship may be good for you heart health.
Hugs can reduce your pain: A study analysed that patients who were suffering with fibromyalgia had six therapeutic touch treatments. These treatments involved light touching on the skin. The participants reported an increase in quality of life and reduced pain.
Hugging is another form of touch that may help reduce pain.