What is the alternative to physical contact in an era where we need to build bonds, create mental health, and secure social distances?
Due to the epidemic of the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19), the chances of having physical contact such as hugs (hugs) are decreasing. Regarding such physical contact, a research team at the University of Victoria, Australia, explained that "physical contact has the effect of improving mental health". While COVID-19 has become prevalent and people have to refrain from physical contact, they list actions that can replace physical contact.
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Victoria UniversityMicaela PascoAccording to four psychologists, physical contact releases hormones and transmitters that help reduce stress. The representative of the central neurotransmitterOxytocinis. Oxytocin is a substance produced by hugging, touching, orgasm, etc., and may increase "generosity" and "trust".research resultHas been reported. Oxytocin is associated with affection-related actions such as physical contact between parents and childrenthe studyFromLove hormoneIs also said.
In addition, neurotransmitters associated with fun activitiesDopamineIt is a hormone that leads to motivation and happinessSerotoninIt is also released by physical contact. A decrease in dopamine level is a psychological problem such as schizophrenia, depression, and drug addiction, and a decrease in serotonin level is depression and suicide.Is relatedTherefore, stabilizing the amount of these substances in the brain is important for mental health.
In addition, it has been found that reducing physical contact causes various problems. Targeting children in a Romanian orphanagethe studyAccording to the report, children with less positive physical contact during infancy have a delay in cognitive development and development, and that delay persists even at the age of 11.resultHas also been obtained. About preschoolers in France and Americathe studyAnd about adolescent boys and girlsthe studyStudies suggest that children with less physical contact are more likely to be aggressive.
As mentioned above, physical contact is important for mental health. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has encouraged social distances, making it impossible to make physical contact as it has been.
In order to maintain mental health in such a situation, the research team advised, "If possible, make physical contact between family members." "Pet" is recommended for those who do not live with their family. Being in contact with your pet may have an effect similar to physical contact with a person.I already know..
The research team advised people to take a different approach to those who "live alone and do not have pets." According to the research team, "Keep 7 to 9 hours of sleep a day", "Keep balanced nutrition intake", "Keep social connection", "Exercise regularly", "Spend outdoors and trust" It is said that if you spend time paying attention to things such as talking about anxiety with people to manage stress and “do not use dangerous drugs”, you will be mentally healthy.