Free Hugs Anyone??

Free hugs anyone? According to science we all should be lining up to hand out hugs.

Hugs boost both oxytocin and serotonin levels.

Oxytocin is sometimes called the “love hormone”. It can help to heal negative feelings like loneliness, anger, and anxiety, while bringing about more positive feelings like trust and empathy. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that is believed to bring feelings of happiness and well-being.

I remember going through a pretty bad period of anxiety when I was in my early 20’s, and whenever I would have an anxiety attack, all I would feel was the need to be hugged. It must have been the oxytocin and serotonin I was needing. Our bodies always make us crave what we really need.

Hugging can treat and prevent ailments.

The chemicals released during a hug have been shown to lower blood pressure, helping to reduce the risk of heart disease. In addition, the sternum pressure experienced when hugging helps to stimulate the thymus gland, which is responsible for production and regulation of your body’s white blood cells – the cells that prevent and fight disease!

Hugging brings closeness and trust to relationships.

Hugging someone you care about can really help strengthen the bond between the two of you. It increases self-esteem, builds trust, and cultivates patience and appreciation.

Experts recommend at least 8-12 hugs a day to reap the benefits that hugging has to offer. Go give your loved ones a nice, long hug. Not only will you experience all of these benefits, so will they.

Hugs promote relaxation.

A hug can relax your muscles, relieving tension in your body. It can help to soothe aches and pains — and take away physical stress, as a prolonged hug causes stress chemicals like cortisol to drop. This helps to relax you, both physically and mentally.

Hugs can help you reach a state of zen.

The simple act of giving a hug can help you to be present in the now. A hug can connect you not only with another person, but also with your own heart, feelings, and breathing. Hugs can really balance your mood!

Hugging boosts self-esteem, especially in children. The tactile sense is all-important in infants. A baby recognizes its parents initially by touch. From the time we’re born our family’s touch shows us that we’re loved, safe and secure. The associations of self-worth and tactile sensations from our early years are still imbedded in our nervous system as adults. The cuddles we received from our Mom and Dad while growing up remain imprinted at a cellular level, and hugs remind us at a somatic level of that. Hugs, therefore, connect us to our ability to self love.

Go Get Hugging!!

Mountain Ocean Skin Trip Lotion Review

  Every once in a while I like to post a review on a product that I use and love. I like to review products that are part of self-care. The product I am reviewing today is called Mountain Oceans Skin Trip Lotion. I actually stumbled across this lotion due to my husband. We were shopping in Sprouts one day and he is always on the hunt for a good lotion because he has sensitive skin. He said he had been eyeballing this lotion for some time but hadn’t picked it up because it’s about $13.00 a bottle. We came home and he popped it open and put some on. I could not believe the smell of this lotion! If you are anything like me I love a smell that takes me away to the Ocean and that is exactly what this lotion did! All my life I have been searching for a lotion that I can put on and it doesn’t turn into a weird smell after wearing it for a bit. I also have been on the hunt for the perfect beach smell. The smell is like warm toasted coconut milk with a splash of blue sky, warm bright sun, and feet in the sand. When I wear this lotion, which is almost daily, I don’t even have to wear perfume. The smell is strong and it lasts. It smells so good you will want to EAT it. As for the moisturizing part it’s amazing. Your skin absorbs this lotion so nicely and it leaves your skin with a glow. I have found that I do not have to reapply this lotion at all. Once a day is about all you need. The lotion has a light smooth feel to it. I have even put a little on my face after being in the sun and it did not make my face break out like some lotions do.  Mountain Ocean has been around and operated by the same family since 1971. They claim that their products are made in small batches to make sure their products are high quality and fresh. I believe this entirely! I can really tell the quality of this product as I put it on my skin. For people who are looking to put the least amount of chemicals on their skin this would be a good product to use. Their products contain whole natural ingredients and are high quality. For all those people who don’t like animal testing, good news they do No Animal Testing! This product may seem a little pricey but it is most definitely worth it! I have yet to try any of their other products but I can say this will continue to be a product in my self-care regimen. My skin has never felt so good! You can find this product at Sprouts and I have also found it on Amazon. Here is the link to Amazon where I have regularly purchased it. Mountain Ocean Coconut Skin Trip Lotion. Please leave comments with some of your self-care products, I would love to see what other people use in their daily regimens!