It's been a long time since we have been able to innocently run up to our best friends and give them a big ol' hug. I know that hugging is one of those things we are not supposed to know, the pandemic and everything. But you know what? Some of us love our hugs and we are not OK.

Some (and I am not going to say if I fit into this category) of us can't help but still hug their friends. It's a hard habit to get out of. For some people, those hugs are much needed. Maybe we can encourage finding ways to better cope with not having that source of comfort. How can we feel better when we are already missing out on the emotional and bonding experience that hugs bring?

Have you tried one of those weighted blankets? They're supposed to help you sleep better, take the edge off of your anxiety, oh and can just feel like a nice hug! If you don't have one of those, you can also use a body pillow. Just that warmth and pressure you feel. That could be just what you need right now.

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Of course you can still get that hug you need from your pets. They love the extra attention and they are pretty much always open to being close to you. Most of them live to bring you happiness. Well, especially your dogs. Depending on the cat you may have your struggles but it is worth a shot.

Of course you can always fill the daily quota of your hugs by embracing your family. This is a doable thing. I mean if you are not like me and live alone. If you don't make sure you take advantage of those in your home huggers.

Sometimes just taking a nice hot shower or drinking a nice cup of tea can also help. Both of those bring you the warmth that you are desiring. After last week, just the idea of anything warm is heavenly.

So what else can you do to substitute the feeling of a hug? Comment below.


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