Emotional connection with your partner fosters a healthy mind. With the hustle and bustle of life and its many coinciding responsibilities, our romantic relationships often get put on the back burner.
And our so-called forgetfulness is not conducive to positive thinking, which leads to improved wellness overall. This is not to say that romance represents the cornerstone of your self-worth, but it doesn’t hurt to express yourself more, feel vulnerability, and have fun with someone you care about deeply.
When you need your health and happiness meter to rise, then re-establishing greater connectedness with your spouse or partner is an enjoyable way to recharge your overall wellbeing.
Love Equals Lower Blood Pressure
According to study from Annals of Behavioral Medicine, happily married couples have lower blood pressure, whereas unhappy married couples exhibit higher blood pressure.
Suggestion: spend some time in pillow talk mode to de-stress your body and de-clutter your mind. A simple but meaningful conversation with a special someone improves both your physical and mental health.
Oxytocin, the “Bonding Hormone,” Treats Social Anxiety and Depression
The brain produces oxytocin in response to touch. When you feel connected with someone on a physical level (so much as a hug or shoulder rub,) oxytocin spreads emotional pleasure.
This phenomenon counteracts the devastating affects of depression and anxiety, and in a nutshell, simply makes you a happier and more well adjusted person.
Suggestion: Touch your partner every day, even if it’s only a pat on the back.
Relationships Take Care of The “Need to Nurture”
As human beings grow older, the “need to nurture” deepens. In short, this need indicates that people enjoy taking care of the people they care about. In some cases, this need is biological—i.e. the desire to reproduce and rear children.
But in other cases, this need is based in our social interactions. Long story short, nurturing a relationship means you get that “warm, fuzzy feeling” that raises your mental health.
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