It’s that time! Time to reveal the next block in the “Friends” Block of the
Month Fortnight Stitch-a-long. We’re halfway there……this one is block number 5.
“Hugs”. I am a bit of a touchy-feely kinda friend……I love my hugs and telling my friends how important they are to me. Life’s too short to NOT share the love and we all know how therapeutic touch can be. Whilst researching the importance of hugs, I found these 6 reasons why we need touch on a regular basis (quoted from) HERE…
- Touch helps us feel connected to others. We are social beings, and although we all fall in different places on the introversion – extroversion scale, we all need to have that sense of connection to other members of our tribe. While some of that connection can come from having conversations with others, touch also plays an important role in human communication.
- Touch reduces anxiety. Simply touching another person can make us feel more secure and less anxious. It can make us feel grounded and safe and not so all alone. It’s not just children who could use a warm, reassuring hug to make things a little better, so if you’re feeling like a bundle of nerves, go ahead and ask for a hug.
- Touch forms bonds. Regular touch is one of the ways that we continually renew our bonds with those we love.
- Touch lowers your blood pressure. Studies have shown that those that get regular touch often have lower blood pressure than those that don’t. Touch can also slow the heart rate and help speed recovery times from illness and surgery.
- Touch improves your outlook on life. It’s harder to get into a pessimistic funk when you feel the confidence of being connected to others. Touch can make people feel more optimistic and positive and less cynical and suspicious. A positive, trusting attitude towards others can reduce tension in our daily lives and improve our relationships.
- Touch gives us the sensory input that we crave. Scientists are just discovering how truly important it is to exercise all our physical senses for proper brain and emotional development. All the various kinds of touch from butterfly kisses to deep tissue massage send our brains the physical inputs it needs to make sense of the world. So, along with touching other people and pets, make time to explore different textures and touch sensations such as letting cool sand run through your fingers or taking a warm relaxing bath. Maybe that’s why stitching and quilting plays such an important role in so many of our lives?
Don’t let yourself get too busy that you starve yourself of touch. It’s important for your physical, mental and emotional well being and there’s nothing better than a genuine warm friendly hug from a friend!
So head on over to my Craftsy shop and download your free block now, with my personal squishy hug to you. You can collect the other 4 blocks there too, if you haven’t already done so – they’re all FREE right up until the last block is released. Make sure you pop back every fortnight to get the next block, or if you like, subscribe to my blog via email or your favourite blog subscriber, such as Bloglovin’ or Feedly, so you never miss a block. And don’t forget to head on over and join our stitch-a-long group on Facebook and feel the Sugarlane Love!
xox sugary hugs :o)