Are you worried about an approaching final exam or a significant job interview?
Hug your companion.
According to US News, this is the message from new research, which found that embracing your significant other can help women relax.
According to a study published in the journal PLOS ONE on May 18, the same isn’t true for men.
“Hugging your loving partner as a woman helps prevent your body’s acute stress response,” German researchers wrote in a journal news release.
Massages, as well as combinations of embraces and hand-holding, as well as embraces and sensitive discussion, have been demonstrated to reduce stress in women in previous studies. However, little study has been done on the impact of brief embraces in guys.
Ruhr University Bochum’s Gesa Berretz and her colleagues were curious.
So they put 76 participants in pairs through a stressful test in which they had to keep one hand in an ice bath for three minutes.
Half of the couples had already embraced. Others, though, did not.
Researchers evaluated different stress markers in participants’ saliva both before and after the experiment, including levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
They discovered that women who had embraced their partner had a lower cortisol response to the stress test than those who had not. In men, no such connections were discovered.
According to the findings, embracing a romantic partner had no influence on other stress indicators like blood pressure or emotional state.
The findings show that hugging one’s partner can lower cortisol levels in women who are going to confront stressful scenarios like school examinations or work presentations.
Further research should look into whether embracing platonic friends delivers the same benefit, as well as whether the lack of close physical contact with people owing to social constraints imposed during the COVID outbreak is linked to stress and sadness.