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Social Distancing & Physical Touching

This morning as I was sitting on the side of the bed, my youngest daughter playfully tapped me on the back. Immediately it awoken my senses and I realized I needed physical touch. I know the benefits of physical touch, but forgot and was in "Social Distancing" mode and trying to be a good mother and not get my kids sick (I have been coughing and struggling with my asthma).

A flood of thoughts crossed my mind: other people need physical touch, but per the CDC right now it's not safe.

  1. Did you know that physical touch decreases anxiety and depression?

  2. Did you know that you're more likely to get sick if you crave physical touch, but don't get that nurturing?

  3. Did you know that the woman with the issues of blood was healed when she touched the hem of his garment?

  4. Did you know that physical touch can improve your mood?

Here are a few suggestions if you desire physical touch during this time:

  1. Hug a pillow, stuffed animal, etc.

  2. Wear a compression shirt or something really tight to stimulate touch.

  3. Roll your back on a doorknob

  4. Sleep with a body pillow or extra pillows.

  5. Massage your feet.

I hope this helps someone, please comment if you have more suggestions.

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