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Depression and the Healing Power of Touch

Nov 012015

depression Depression is a serious problem in our society, and it often goes unnoticed until it has reached a breaking point. We feel like we have to put on a brave and happy face, covering our true feelings with a mask until we can’t bear it anymore.

Have you ever had a period in your life when it just all seemed a bit too much and you can’t think of a reason to keep going? Each of us is challenged at some point in our lives, and the presence of loved ones and friends can make all the difference. The best way to show someone you are really there for them is by touch.

We can forget the importance of human contact in this fast-paced, technologically oriented world. But we need touch, connection, and real contact in these times more than ever before. It’s amazing to think that something as simple as touch can make the difference in times of depression and despair, but it can be the turning point. Something as simple as a nice hug can bring us back. All forms of touch can be incredibly healing. Real contact reminds us of our connection with the world. It can pull us out of the malaise of isolation and let us know someone cares.

Touch is the most basic and natural form of sharing we have. And we are hardwired to respond to it. Our bodies respond and our biochemistry changes when we experience contact. It doesn’t even have to be human contact. Stroking a cat or having cuddle time with a dog can fulfill a need so basic we aren’t even aware of it. Regular human contact can be healing on an even deeper level, helping us to be comfortable with ourselves and to feel loved.

So let’s bring touch back into our lives. Let’s take off the masks and be real about our feelings, sharing when we have something coming up or when we need reassurance. Depression is nothing to be ashamed of, and touch is something we all need. If we start connecting the dots, we can see how to make a positive change in one another’s lives simply by being who we are and by sharing what we all have to offer- the gift of real contact.

Go on, give it a go. Be bold and give someone a hug today. There’s nothing shameful about connecting with one another on a real and physical level. After all, we’re all in this game of life together. No one is an island. We need one another to feel alive and to give our lives meaning. It’s easy and fun.

So, if you’d like to take a simple step towards a brighter happier world, touch someone you care about every day. Let them know you love them without having to say a word. Open to receiving touch in your own life and see how much of a difference it makes. Let a little connection into your life.

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