Social distancing has reminded us what a crucial role touch plays in our wellbeing. When was the last time you touched someone you don't live with? What about if you live alone?
When physical touch becomes limited, or even eliminated, people can develop a condition called
"touch starvation" or "touch deprivation". Touch starvation increases stress, depression and anxiety,
triggering a cascade of negative psychological effects. People who are stressed or depressed,
perhaps because of lack of touch, will have problems sleeping. Every single medical disease,
including heart attack, diabetes, hypertension, asthma, etc. is altered if you are more anxious,
more depressed or if you have mental health issues--long term, this can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder..