We all could use a little love, and there’s nothing wrong with it. But with COVID it’s hard getting "people-time" and unfortunately this means that we aren’t naturally getting some of the things we need. Therefore, we need to supplement it.
One of those things is oxytocin, the cuddle neurotransmitter. Oxytocin is released when you are in close contact with someone to strengthen your social bond. It is also released during childbirth to help bond a mother and her child, as well as immediately after sex. It’s that warm and fuzzy feeling you get when you feel loved and supported, and for the purposes of our lives today, we need to make sure we’re getting enough of it.
Something I do on a daily basis is I give myself a hug. You’d be surprised how warm and cozy it feels, but more importantly it helps you get the oxytocin you need to lift your mood. I combine my morning hug with the affirmation “I am worthy” to really allow myself to feel the full effect of the activity. Fortunately I do have a lovely girlfriend who makes sure I get the oxytocin I need, but beyond that it’s important to be intentional about taking care of yourself and your needs.
We all know how a good hug can feel, and believe it or not, you can give one to yourself. It’s an act of self-care, a lift in your mood, and the oxytocin boost you need all in one. It might feel strange but you deserve it. You are worthy, you are loved, and you should give it a try - you’ll be happy you did!