Close physical contact or simple word people call it cuddle. Cuddle is an intimate method where couples put both of their arms around their partner and hold them in a very loving way. Usually cuddle is being done in bed or on the couch while watching Netflix or movies (a.k.a. Netflix and chill).
Most people confuse it with hugging, from my experience hugging is more towards for friends and relatives even though it gives the same benefit as cuddle. However, cuddling is more intimate than just a hug and often can lead to sex.
Cuddle is one of the most effective ways to shows affection and to get close with your partner. Cuddle also an alternative way for deeply intimate things to do besides sex. It sounds a bit tedious but just snuggled on the bed or on the couch and share some stories to light up the mood. It’s simple and more intimate than you could ever think.
To those couples who’s strayed away from their intimacy and need a sprinkle of magic, then cuddle is the simplest ways to increase intimacy.
Couple nowadays having a hard time managing their time for themselves and career become one of the major problems in relationships. Especially in the current fast-paced and ever-changing world. When it comes to working it’s so stressful even when you came home and your job becomes your number one priority. This can take a negative toll on your relationship.
Instead of initiate your partner wanting to have sex, cuddle is one of the ways that can break you away from this stressful life. Cuddle also can deepen your relationships by sharing each other days and what has been stressing them in their daily life. This event can turn into a more understanding relationship and a long-lasting relationship.
The release of oxytocin (love hormone) not only can increase your intimacy it also can strengthen your trust and relationships. Other than that, this love hormone can reduce stress and anxiety, meaning that it can increases your mental well-being as well. Oxytocin also gives a good vibe for your relationships by stimulates your thinking into a more positive way.
Based on Women Heath, while we curled up in our partner arms, it releases some goods hormone such as dopamine and serotine which it will help to boost up your mood and makes you feel better.
Cuddle can also lead to sex because sex releases the same hormone called oxytocin. According to an Archives Sexual Behaviour, couples who cuddled after sex reported having higher sexual satisfaction and higher relationship satisfaction.
Cuddle can slow heart rate and lower our blood pressure by touching will trigger our nerve to stimulate it. Embrace your loved ones more often it’s good for your health.
Cuddle not only does improve the physical relationship with your partner, but it can also even boost your immune system. According to a study published by Sage Journals, over 400 healthy adults were exposed to a virus that caused the common cold and were monitored by the researchers. Those who received hugs and supports shown less severe sign of the illnesses than those who did not receive it.
In addition to that, cuddle does have an impact on ones with anxiety. According to a report done by the National Centre for Biotechnology Information, during the act of cuddling or even hand-holding does release a hormone called oxytocin. This hormone has been proven in the lab and the real world to reduce anxiety and stress.
Cuddle can be a great alternative to sex especially to those who have hypertension or high blood pressure as it can reduce blood pressure based on the study published by Biology-Psychology. The release of oxytocin can be linked to lower blood pressure in premenopausal women. Other than that, the heart rate of the participants is lower compared to those who have not been hug or cuddle in the study.
In another study conducted by the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina, the group that does not cuddle and do not have a physical interaction have a higher heart rate and have double of the heart reading of the group that cuddle.
Cuddle can be a pain reliever based on the research conducted at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, have discovered a fascinating thing with the cuddle hormone can do. It can reduce the pain and act as a painkiller.
If you are still single and have no one you can cuddle with you, don’t worry, you can substitute it with a hug. The previous study shows that a hug can have the same benefits as the above mentioned about cuddle and you don’t need a significant other to hug. You can hug your parent, siblings, and friends and you can even hug strangers on the streets.
For those you have social anxiety or don’t have a close friend or don’t have a family (they are deceased or far away), you could cuddle with your pets. According to Takefumi Kikusui of Azabu University in Japan as he explained that the participants that cuddle with their pets have increased in oxytocin level.
In today face pace and ever-changing world, it’s easy to sacrifice intimacy and hard to find time to relax and recharge. Cuddling helps you do both and stay connected with your loved ones. Who doesn’t love nestling into their partner arms.
Laying down on your partner chest is one of the best moments you ever had and listening to their heartbeat is one of our favorite sounds. To those who want to spice thing up in their relationship, cuddle is a good starter for it. If cuddle can’t satisfy you there are plenty of ways here alternative ways for you to spice up your love life.
So, what are you waiting for? Hug, snuggle, kiss and stroke every chance you can get with your partner. It’s good for your body and soul.