You never really know how powerful a hug can be until you’re really down in the dumps about something. A simple hug from someone can really brighten up your day and relieve stress and tension. While in my Psychology of Family Systems course last semester, we read a book called The Passionate Marriage by Dr. David Schnarch who presented a technique called “hugging until relaxed.” It’s a really nice relaxation technique that I wanted to share all of you and see if it has helped any of you to decrease your stress and/or anxiety.
This technique is very simple and actually something that I’ve used quite a bit in the past. All you do is hug your significant other or someone who you’re comfortable with. In a lot of cases people have tendency to pull out after “10 Mississippi’s,” but when doing this technique, you should try to go beyond that. Keep hugging until you feel yourself relaxing. I’ve also noticed that a lot of the time when utilizing this technique your breathing will become in sync with the person that you’re hugging.
Like I’ve said before, these techniques do not work for everyone, but the next time you’re feeling stressed out or you’re feeling anxious, try this out. Let us know if it helped you to relax at all or it just made you feel uncomfortable.
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Posted on July 13, 2012 by Felicia