Relationships: The impact of intimacy on our health.
We are overwhelmed with information about what to eat and put on our skin and bodies to feel good and look great. However, the true intimacy we have with people close in our lives and its effect on our mental health is not getting the attention it deserves.
There are so many factors that influence our health. Whether it’s food, exercise, or even the weather forecast, there are a lot of things at play that have an effect on our emotions. One of the largest influences on our health is our personal relationships. The way we communicate, express intimacy and even argue with a loved one can have a monumental impact on our mental and physical wellness. Keep reading to learn more about how intimacy in your life may be affecting your health!
What is intimacy?
Probably the first thing that came into your mind when we mentioned intimacy was physical affection. Kissing, hugging, and sex, are all great examples of intimacy.
However, intimacy encompasses so much more. We can be intimate with the way we communicate.
The way we talk about our feelings, experiences, and vulnerabilities and fears is an important part of intimacy. It’s no wonder that being able to open yourself up to a loved one in a safe and supportive environment can have a huge impact on your health.
Studies show that the way couples argue will be a factor in determining how long they will actually wind up remaining together.
Have you ever had a hug from a loved one after a really hard day? It felt pretty good, right? There are many studies that suggest that physical affection can be a powerful stress reliever. Regular touching, whether it is a kiss, hug, or just holding hands, has a tangible effect on our mental and emotional wellbeing.
Saying I love you.
How often do you tell your parents, siblings, partner, or friends that you love them? Being able to express yourself freely to people close to you is important. Expressing our gratitude and feelings make us feel like a part of a community.
Leading a positive and healthy life is all about balance. Many psychologists recommend a healthy dose of socializing to establish a balanced lifestyle. You can catch up with some friends, spend quality time with family, and more. These are some of the many ways to gain more balance and emotional support in your day-to-day.
Without regular intimacy, we can become isolated and alienated, which can have a negative impact on our health.
Mental and physical wellbeing
We have talked a lot about the mental health benefits of having an intimate social life. Yet, how does this impact physical health? Mental and physical health are deeply tied together.
When we exercise and eat well, we relieve stress and anxiety. A rich and full-rounded social life can strengthen our immune system, possibly preventing debilitating sickness.
It’s important to focus on both your physical and mental wellbeing to make sure you are holistically healthy.
Physical and emotional intimacy is a great way to feel accepted and cared for. By sharing our innermost thoughts, feelings, and experiences with others, we feel more connected to the people around us.
The next time you are feeling run-down or a bit blue, try catching up with an old friend or organizing a romantic dinner with your partner. These are great ways to strengthen your connection and promote intimacy. Remember that intimacy will give you as much as you put into it.
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