It might sound silly . . . but self-hugs have very real benefits!
Hugging increases levels of the “love hormone” oxytocin, which positively affect your health.
A 20-second hug reduces the harmful physical effects of stress, including its impact on your blood pressure and heart rate.
A 10-second hug a day may fight infections, boost your immune system, ease depression, and lessen fatigue.
Wrapping your arms around yourself sends a strong message to your body and your brain: I’ve got you, I love you, and you are okay.
Hugging yourself is a quick and free act of self-care.