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What Are the Health Benefits From Hugs?

In theory, getting or receiving a hug may not seem like a big deal. Perhaps you do not receive hugs very often, so you do not think much of them. However, when you consider the way hugs can impact your mental health, you may reconsider how you perceive consensual hugs.

The act of hugging can leave you feeling better in many different ways. Being aware of these benefits can help you understand the importance of giving and receiving consensual hugs in your daily life.

Reduces Stress

A hug can help reduce your stress by leaving you feeling comforted and safe by the person you are hugging. You may both feel supported by the connection that the two of you are creating together. Hugs are able to reduce stress by boosting certain hormones in your body that help you feel calm. In this way, hugging benefits both individuals.

Boosts Your Immune System

Because stress is associated with illness, hugging can also help give your immune system a boost by reducing your stress levels. When you do things to reduce your stress levels, you are also doing things to boost your immune system at the same time. Therefore, hugging can help your body fight off illnesses.

Reduces Feelings of Depression

Hugging can leave you and the other person feeling happier afterward. If you engage in consistent hugging — getting one hug a few times a week — then this can have a substantial, positive impact on your overall mood. If you struggle with depression, regular, consensual hugging can potentially reduce your feelings of depression.

NOTE: It is important to remember that hugs, no matter who they involve, must always be consensual by everyone involved. This means that if one person does not want to be hugged, then the hug must not occur. It does not matter why the person does not want to hug. The benefits of hugs can only occur if hugs are both safe and consensual. 

There are many mental and physical health benefits when it comes to consensual hugging. By hugging another person, you can reduce your stress, boost your immunity, and reduce feelings of depression. Although hugs have many benefits and healthy, they are not a “cure-all” solution for mental health issues. If you need extra help with your issues, reach out to The Guest House today. We can offer you a hug, along with the tools you need to recover. Call us today at (855) 483-7800.