Hello you guys, I hope you’re all coping ok and getting through your day in this new “normal”!
I’ve heard so many people say they’re sending me virtual hugs and I am so grateful for beautiful friends. I love the sentiment behind these hugs.. But I never realised how much of a tactile person I am until this pandemic!! I actual Googled last night, is it normal to miss hugs so much?! 🤦🏻♀️😂 I was amazed that “Touch Deprivation” is a real life thing!!
Article Below: Touch deprivation, or skin hunger as it’s sometimes known, is a condition that arises when we have little or no physical contact with others. This condition appears to be more prevalent in western countries, as we tend to engage in friendly touch less often than in other parts of the world. The rise in use of technology and mobile devices, as well as fears around harassment are some of the reasons attributed to this growing problem. Yet touch is essential for our emotional, mental and physical wellbeing.
So how can you tell whether you’re suffering from touch deprivation? Below are seven signs which may indicate that you’re suffering from skin hunger.
1. Aggressive behaviour 2. Body image issues 3. High stress levels When the touch receptors beneath our skin are stimulated, it can help reduce cortisol levels and blood pressure, which therefore reduces stress. 4. Loneliness 5. Mental health issues such as depression/anxiety 6. Fear of attachment
I just thought wow, I really am feeling lacklustre at the moment and am just missing catchups with friends, their hugs and laughter, family walks in our favourite places! I know we are all in the same boat!!
My birthday and many others were celebrated over video calls, elderly people are talking to neighbours through windows and those who live alone are going without any human touch at all, as they obey the government guidelines to stay at home and keep 2m (6ft) apart from others.
But touch is "really fundamental" for humans and going without it weakens our close relationships.
The sort of more intimate touching - arm round the shoulder, a pat on the arm and these kind of things reserved for closer friendships and family members - are really important, make us feel happier, satisfied and trusting of others.
Anyway, I thought this may help some of you if you’re feeling like me. This social distancing malarkey is still so surreal!! I promise you when this is all over I’m organising a massive get together for coffees and chats with whoever wants to come and give me a hug and get one in return!!! #missyouall #covid #hug #socialdostancing #newnorm #thniswillneverfeelnormal #missfriends #lifenow #mums #togetherthoughwereapart