The other night as I lay in bed for hours unable to fall asleep, my mind began circling and the result is the topic of this blog. The power of touch is necessary to the well-being of the human soul, it can bring comfort, love, relaxation, excitement, security and more.
When a child is born touch brings it comfort. You hold it, rock it, feed it. You do those things when it is happy, you do those things when it is stressed. The baby learns love thought the power of touch. To an adult, there is nothing as unique and cozy as a small infant cuddled up against your neck sleeping.
As the infant grows into a toddler and young child touch makes them feel safe, secure, and loved. They cuddle in your lap, hold your hand when walking in public places, hug you when you are leaving or have arrived, climb into your bed when they awaken at night. The power of touch is important to the child’s emotional well-being and growth.
As the child becomes a teen their desire for touch moves away from the parents and more toward members of the opposite sex in their own age group. Teens are often seen showing public displays of affection — hand holding, kissing, hugging, and more as hormones rage. Touch is powerful.
As teens become adults outward public displays of affection calm down, but the need for them does not. It just becomes more mature, more private. Human touch provides a sense of security, love, and connection, especially when shared with a spouse or significant other.
Years ago I read that if you are having trouble sleeping you should touch your spouse or significant other. Something as simple as placing a hand against their body will help you relax and fall asleep. I found that it worked beautifully. Although my husband and I quite often slept wrapped up around each other, he would normally be asleep before I was in bed. If I was having trouble falling asleep I would reach out and put my hand on him and usually within a few minutes I was able to doze off. If he sensed me coming into bed he would roll over and cuddle up with me. If one of us was sick the other would wrap up around the sick one, bringing body warmth and comfort. Human touch heals and relaxes.
That is why I was writing this post in my head as I lay in bed awake a few nights ago. My husband passed away fifteen months ago. I couldn’t sleep and I was laying in a lonely bed. I missed having someone there to cuddle up to, to touch, to help me relax so I could doze off.
It is important as time passes on and things in your life change that you remember to fulfill those things that are necessary to your physical and emotional well-being. The power of human touch is important. If it has disappeared from your life revitalize it through whatever means you deem appropriate. The power of touch heals, empowers, and fulfills the emotional and physical needs to provide an overall sense of well-being.