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How To Receive More Restorative Touch During The Pandemic

restorative touch during the pandemic

It’s a very natural thing for humans to crave touch from other fellow human beings, especially restorative touch. It helps you feel closer to the other person, and can also make you feel safe, secure, and supported.

Touch plays a vital role in soothing us and connecting our energy to others. However, during the pandemic, many of my empaths and other patients are craving touch or “Vitamin T” (as I call it). Our regular sources of touch may have been taken away — hugging friends, a coworker’s pat on the back, getting massages, and bodywork. Also, you might not be able to visit loved ones during this time.

Here Is How to Receive More Restorative Touch during the Pandemic

1. Practice Grounding And Make Physical Contact With Nature.

Sensitive people are drawn to nature and are at home there. Practice grounding by putting your bare feet or hands on the Earth. Experiment with touching tree trunks and feeling the beautiful sense of grounding coming from them. Even hug a tree! You can also lightly touch the delicate petals of flowers and the sturdy green shrubs.

Bringing your sense of touch into nature among the trees, flowers, meadows, oceans, or mountains will increase your Vitamin T levels. I can relate to the poet Wordsworth when he writes about times in which “the world is too much with us” and about the peacefulness of nature. The natural world is an ideal place to retreat to and rejuvenate your sense of touching and being touched.

Related: Spending Time In Nature Makes You Less Of An Asshole (Studies Suggest)

2. Cuddle With Animal Friends.

Animals are givers of unconditional love. They heal us in many ways and lessen our stress. Perhaps you are an animal empath who feels a special connection to Earth’s creatures.

Spend time enjoying your animal companions. Snuggle with them. Play together. Share some love. If you don’t have animals at home, smile at those going by on the street or in a park. Or play with a neighbor’s animal.

Cuddling stuffed animals can also be very soothing. Don’t let your adult mind get in the way by saying “This is only for children!” I love my stuffed animal friends on my bed and don’t hesitate to hug them and talk to them frequently.

Restorative Touch

3. Touch Soft, Sensual Materials.

Spend time enjoying your sense of touch by running your hand over soft, sensory fabric or materials. Enjoy the feeling of fresh, crisp, sheets on your bed and soft cotton blankets. Let the bedding hug you. Focusing on the sensuality of a material’s texture will delight your sense of touch.

4. Hug Yourself.

Hugging yourself is a way of sending loving vibes to your own body. Mostly, we operate out of our adult self, the dedicated, goal-oriented persona that pays the bills and goes to work. But activating your playful self, and being willing to send yourself loving vibes through your own touch (even though your mind might resist) can help increase your Vitamin T levels.

Related: Self Care: 12 Tips to Take Better Care of Yourself

5. Place Your Hand Over Your Heart.

In quiet, meditative moments, or whenever you feel lonely or stressed, place your hand over your heart and pat yourself until you feel comforted. Mothers do this to their infants to convey a soothing touch and to calm them down. Also, you can visualize loving energy coming from your hand and traveling into your body. Just relax and don’t try too hard. This is a form of increasing Vitamin T and practicing self-healing.

6. Find Comfort In Spirit.

Tuning into a higher power is a way of being touched by an invisible hand that is always near you. Spirit has many names: God, Goddess, love, nature, the great Mystery. Tuning into Spirit takes you beyond your small self, what Buddhists call “the monkey mind” of whirling thoughts, fears, and worries. You’re transported to an expanded version of yourself and you can feel divine love.

Above all, be loving to yourself during a touch-deficient time. Nurture your sense of your own touch as much as you can. Receive loving energy from animals, nature, the sky, the stars, and the vibrant power of life. Be touched by physical sources but also stay open to being touched by the compassion of the Infinite.

(Excerpt from “Thriving as an Empath: 365 Days of Self-Care for Sensitive People” by Judith Orloff, MD)

Written By Judith Orloff

Dr. Judith Orloff

Judith Orloff, MD is the New York Times best-selling author of The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People. Her new book Thriving as an Empath offers daily self-care tools for sensitive people along with its companion The Empath’s Empowerment Journal. Dr. Orloff is a psychiatrist, an empath, and is on the UCLA Psychiatric Clinical Faculty. She synthesizes the pearls of traditional medicine with cutting edge knowledge of intuition, energy, and spirituality. Dr. Orloff also specializes in treating highly sensitive, empathic people in her private practice. Dr. Orloff’s work has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, Oprah Magazine, the New York Times. Dr. Orloff has spoken at Google-LA and has a popular TEDX talk. Her other books are Thriving as an Empath: 365 Days of Self-Care for Sensitive People, The Empowered Empath’s Journal, Emotional Freedom and Guide to Intuitive Healing. Explore more information about her Empath Support Online course and speaking schedule on View Author posts

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