Talk about boundaries… Yup.
Friends don’t let friends hug too long. Right?
It is time you learn about the power of the hug…for your well-being and your brain.
Studies show that we need a good 20 second hug at least 8 times a day to kick up the cuddle hormone oxytocin that is produced in the hypothalamus and secreted by the pituitary gland. They call it cuddle hormone cause it makes us all squishy and cozy…in a good way.
Oxytocin helps to increase social relations and it decreases stress including lowering your blood pressure and heart rate.
It also brings us gratitude and happiness.
But going further, it is suggested that we get 8 of these hugs a day. So that is a full 2 minutes of holding and hugging.
When I was at a hypnosis convention we actually did the 2 minute hug test. At first it was uncomfortable, because the person we were hugging were strangers, but after about a minute there was a warmth toward that person. A sense of calmness and gratitude came over us. When the timer went off, we all continued to hug one another. They forget to mention it is contagious too.
So, go hug a friend (not a stranger) for 2 minutes. I’ll wait.
Now if you are not the huggy type, you can still give your brain a hug.
Neuroplasticity allows us to rewire our brain; one over-extended thought at a time. When I say over-extended, I mean that we hold or hug that thoughts or positive insight just a little while longer. By holding onto our thoughts a bit longer, we actually start to form neuro-pathways that wire our brain for calmer experiences. It also allows us to quickly release negative thoughts as well.
Hold on to that thought..literally and give it a over-extended hug. You don’t want to be the creepy aunt who won’t let go, so keep it simple. One minute of mindful brain hugging will suffice.
Both are so beneficial to your over all well-being!
Disclaimer-no, I don’t have a creepy aunt. Weird, but not creepy. 🙂