We can’t hug but we can write a letter
Family therapist Virginia Satir once said, “We need four hugs a day for survival. We need eight hugs a day for maintenance. We need twelve hugs a day for growth.”
Research shows whenever we embrace someone – anyone, even ourselves – our bodies are flooded with oxytocin, making us feel happier, more connected and less anxious.
So what a dilemma in our new-normal era of touch-deprived social distancing. Although I do think we should all be giving ourselves a pat on the back because we are getting very adept at looking for substitutions rather than dwelling on the Covid-induced problems these days.
So how else can we let ‘our people’ (and even ourselves) know they are loved, cared about and supported?