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Dea Rivera
Mindfulness Teacher
Try this nurturing practice when you are overwhelmed with emotion and longing for ease. You may be pleasantly surprised by the effect on your mind and body.
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Katrina
Hugging 🤗 is loving
I wanted to try this out although I wasn't feeling particularly anxious or unsettled. It's always good to give yourself some self-love and contact through hugging is one of the best ways I have found to feel close and connected to others so why not myself? It felt good and what surprised me was the release I felt about 2/3 of the way through. Like I said, it is always good to give yourself some love ❤️ You never know how much you need it!
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Patty
Hugs
I realized that i don't have enough physical contact with myself. It felt safe and comforting. The teachers voice was soothing. I'll try to remember to use this practice more often. 🌷❤️
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Sylvia
Time to Love Myself
This session helped me by taking time to love myself with a simple caress of a hug.
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Queen🐾💛333
I need hugs 🤗
I learned , hug yourself don't expect Any one else to nourish you . Iam Awesome iam okay 👌🏼
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Mia
Hug yourself
Hugs are a great way to give and receive love from others. But now I learned that I can give love to myself any time wrapping my arms around my body. It works!
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Kyrie
Struggling
I'm having a hard time letting go of some current events that have happen in my life. I need to remember that I am always here for myself and to breathe in certain situations. Life can be challenging some days.
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Matthew
Not a hugger
I thought the "self hug" of the title was more metaphorical than physical, so this didn't really work for me- I dislike hugs and certainly holding myself that way. Thanks anyway.
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Cynthia
I’m picky with my hugs
I feel uncomfortable hugging people I don’t know very well. But I’m very comfortable hugging myself.
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Christopher
Chris
I actually didn't learn anything cuz I don't remember... it just sounded so nice I fell asleep before it was over. So I rated a 5 star...
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Alyssa
Very Effective
This was very soothing and I’m going to try this more, thank you so much for making this, it made me not feel as sad as I was but made me a lot more calm this helped a lot!
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Jazmine
Hugs heal
We all need a hug from time to time. Human touch is becoming a rarity. We crave touch and closeness. It’s important for us to give and receive touch. But we must know how to receive. A body knows when it’s receiving a touch from a body that wants to give and a body knows when it’s touching a body that wants to be touched. We need to be able to give and receive to ourselves.
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Rebecca
A calming experience
Before I did this meditation I was extremely anxious. I had butterflies in my stomach, I couldn't concentrate on anything except how nervous and worries I felt. But after this 'self-hug' exercise, my breathing instantly slowed down and i felt more in control of my emotions and ready to face the day.
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Ginny
I learned that I needed that self-hug
I can give myself love. Love that is just as important as the love I receive from others
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Elisabeth C.
Self Hug
I cross my arms every day in a defensive or uncomfortable posture but never to hug myself. It did feel good but it was also a little odd and foreign.
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Jennifer
Coming together
I felt like I was holding the pieces together when I was feeling like I was flying apart
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Johnny
I liked it
I liked the self-hug... To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance – Oscar Wilde…
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Katey
Self-Hugs are the best hugs
I learned that it's good to take time for yourself to simply relax.
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DorDor
I am always surprised that others have the same f
feelings and needs that I do. That others suffer from anxiety. I was-amused by the rather old fashioned word nervous. It describes much. Even though I didn’t have a good this meditation helped and I didn’t want it to stop. Now I’m wishing for advise but that isn’t what this site is all about and I feel we must respect that.
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Alexis
SelfHugs
I learned through this session to appreciate myself, to validate the feelings. So often suppressing being sad results in more long run complex issues and it’s important to embrace and empathize and understand it is okay to have a bad day.
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Rowena
Hug Yourself More
I heard somewhere that there are healthy benefits when you give or receive a hug for at least 20 seconds long. With this meditation, I realize that you can give yourself a hug and also feel benefits instead of waiting for or asking someone else for a hug.
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Ciara
Self hug
I need more physical affection and reassurance in my life that things will be okay
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Allison
Day 3
I learned that in times of stress I need to step back and simply give myself a hug
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Celena
Self love
I learned that no matter how hard times are and no matter how people treat you, you should always take care of yourself. Love yourself. I’m learning how to love myself.
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Kellee
Peaceful Sunday 1-14-18
Thank you, Dea! Self-Hug. This is a good meditation if you’re not used to self-hugging. Even if you’re self-hugger it’s a good meditation. It allows you to focus on yourself and to take care of yourself in a way that you might not always do. Have a nice evening, Everyone!😀
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Julie
Self-Hug
I was telling myself that I'm the one holding myself together. I will catch me if I fall. I will be alright.
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Lucy
Perspective
I feel calmed. More centre, less distressed. I put life in perspective
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Alyssa
2/6/18
I learned that sometimes a self hug can make you feel a lot better. I have always felt that holding something close to my body like a pillow or stuffed animal is comforting, and this meditation showed me a new way to comfort myself using just my arms.
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Deepti
Self hug
My heart is slower, my breath is calm and i feel better. I will carry this hug with me through the rest of my day
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Rosa
Powerful
Cried in knowing the love I needed is in myself. Trauma/mental illness/chronic illness survivor, I am worthy, I’m enough.
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ashlyn
day 7
i learned that when i'm overwhelmed or stress to give myself love. and nurture myself into feeling calm. i can close my eyes and give myself the feeling of sympathy as well as knowing it will get better
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Markus
Hugs
This reminds me of my son, if he was having a bad day of course dadddy hugged and held him til it was better as i did as well and i really miss that alot
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Emma
Self hug
Hugging yourself can act as an anchor in times when you feel anxiety or stress. I learned this technique in counseling as well. The idea of hugging yourself and being supported under the armpits emulates being held by your parents or caregivers, which is why it is so comforting physiologically.
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Melanie
Not my feel
I really didn’t like hugging myself. It felt strange to me. Not very comforting. It isn’t the same as when someone else is hugging you. I do understand the point of it I just didn’t like how it felt to me.
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Megan
Self hugging is self care
I felt so much relief instantly. I noticed my breath change not too long after. I will employ this technique throughout my day when I’m feeling overwhelmed
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Barbara
Self hugd
Self hug is the only type of hug I receive daily—thank you for this strategy.
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Michelle
Self hug
I learned that embracing myself physically coupled with mindful self love is a power centering activity for me.
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Savannah
self hug
I learned that just by giving myself a simple hug and feeling that warmth and safe feeling I can really lose myself from what’s really going on.
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Mary
Feeling Okay’er
I learned that a hug can truly make me feel better, especially when it’s me hugging me. After all, I’m the one who knows what kind of hug I’d like so why not allow me to give me that gift! I’ve never done an exercise like this and I think I’m going to do it more often.
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Kristen
Empowering!
I felt the same sense of comfort hugging myself as hugging someone I else love! What an empowering feeling and a wonderful tool to use in future situations.
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Bailey
Self-Hug
Self hug was by far the most uncomfortable meditation session for me thus far and I am not exactly sure why.
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Jameson
Unexpectedly soothing
Going in felt silly, but once I had my arms wrapped around myself, it was as soothing as if a loved one hugged me. Better in fact. Hopeful this feeling will continue!
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Kathy
Soothing
I felt tension begin to dissipate unexpectedly. This practice is one I never think of but must remember to do often.
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Olivia
Give yourself a hug
Immediately I felt lighter. It amazed me how just simply crossing my arms a different way and taking some deep breaths were able to completely relax me and ease tension
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Matthew
Squeezed this session in this morning!
The psychology behind this seems to be the reasoning behind a straight jacket? Or the calming “thunder shirt” for dogs? I didn’t really feel calmed or relaxed hugging myself...now; on with my busy day!
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Chelsea
I felt calm. I felt everything just sort of slow down. Ease up even if it was just a little
I need to start taking more time to meditate and self care. Take more time to focus on what makes me better and happier.
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Alyssa
nurturing
i learned that to feel truly nurtured, you have to care for yourself starting from within. you have to begin by telling yourself that you will be okay. you will feel better. then you have to make small changes to help yourself feel happier. i also noticed that my bedroom walls make me feel confined. almost trapped. from this, i learned to get out. go outside. breathe fresh air. dont let yourself stay cooped up in your home. your body can not grow or heal this way.
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Jorge
Abrazo que nunca tendré
Esta meditacion lo que provocó fue que reclrdara a cierta persona, pero más que eso, me recordó que estoy triste. Demasiado. Que no necesito un abrazo propio, que aunque por mas que lo intente, no es suficiente. No importa que no sea la peraona de mia recuerdos quien lo haga, el hecho es que no hay nadie quien me pueda abrazar así. No es que lo necesite para vivir, sin embargo uno no puede estar solo siempre, por más que admita que la soledad no le afecta
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Nika
The Only Descriptive Word
I felt cozy.😌 Warmth reverberated through me. I felt like a little girl hugging her mom, except I was hugging myself. I also sometimes like to hug the wall.
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Tracy
I have all I need within myself
A hug from myself rose my energy levels and made me see that to be in fear over being late id irrationally doesn’t matter I’m the grande scheme of things. I can relax I can laugh.
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Susie
Self-hug
It felt soo good to hug myself. My tendency is always to hug others why not remember to hug myself. Thanks for this lovely meditation, Dea.
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Justine
Peace
Within a hug I feel peace, giving or receiving, compassion and joy, what a wonder a hug is shared with one or all.
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Diamond
I felt at peace with myself
If I ever feel overwhelmed, I’ll just give myself a hug. 😊😊😊😊😊
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Katie
I felt very calmed down like I was in a safe little bubble
At first I was very anxious about an event that just happened to me and I was worried about if I was going to be alright. After doing this meditation, it helped to calm me down and get me into a better headspace.
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Louis
Self Hug
There was a release of tension as I wrapped myself in a hug. Good exercise to perform to help refocus our attention on peaceful thoughts.
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Tiffany
Flashbacks
Highjack my emotions. I feel fearful when they creep into my mind. Before I would just have to wait them out. Now I can give myself a hug.
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Tracy
Grounding
The self hug made me feel both lighter and more grounded. I hope to try this technique often.
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Cyndee
Comfort zone
It felt good to do something as simple as giving myself a hug. I didn’t think about it much as I was doing it, just listened to Dea’s calming voice and that alone was enough to create a comfort zone. I had insomnia last night so this meditation was a nice way to prepare myself for the rest of my day. Thanks 🙏 Dea
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Cherry
Self hug
Is one of the most powerful meditation i did, wow that felt awesome and its like when i touched and hug myself all my protons are awaken and calmed me almost instantly, never knew a hug is what my body system craves for to be at ease. Thank you Dea! ❤️
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Cari
Warmth
I felt the warmth of a genuine hug through this practice, and learned that physical touch can actually be very powerful.
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Phoenix
Self hug
I noticed that I had a slight tremor in my body and an involuntary short movement of my stomach.
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Kayla
I needed this
I just found out the person who absolutely smashed my heart to pieces and the girl he cheated on me with are moving back to my small community. It brought back a ton of old feelings and tons of anxiety. I really needed this to calm me down and bring me back to my center.
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Jesse
Hug
Tiving myself a hug is very rewarding and nurturiing. I a, more at p ace now.
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Naya
I never thought that hugging myself can actually feel so comforting and 'loving' I guess
I can feel good or at least better in only a couple of minutes by hugging myself. We truly need to be our own best friends.
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Yohana
Surprise surprise
Turned out that hugging myself felt almost as comfort as hugging close loved ones!
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Candy
Always take care of yourself first
This reminded me of flying and the message provided by the flight attendants: always take care of yourself first, because only then you are able to care for those with you.
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Emma
Self care
Honestly I’ve been struggling with self care and taking care of my body, it’s hard to when you want to hate yourself sometimes, it was nice to give myself a hug, it was nice to give myself some love
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River
The self-hug thing
I noticed that when I actually did this, I hugged myself, and realized that it made me feel protected more than anything. Now I’m not gonna go into public high ing myself or anything but I definitely felt more protected.
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Kenna
November 8th
I learned that with a simple self love position, I am free of stress and feel loved
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Patcee
Self Hug
As long as I have me, am as safe and loved and protected as I need to be. Inside myself will be the first place I go to find love.
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Kellie
all it takes is a few minutes to remind yourself that you’re not alone in the way you feel
Everyone goes through hardships and bad times but if you recall an old situation that seemed like the end of the world and look back at it now, your current situation will one day be in that light
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Erin
I feel really relax & okay
I found out my friend use to live here he die I will miss him right now I am feeling down I thinking about my life & taking care my self
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Rebecca
Hmmm
This was the first meditation that I felt sort of neutral afterwards (and not as good as the other meditations). I think I don’t feel like I deserve a hug, let alone a hug from and for myself. Maybe I can just be mindful of this thought—just being in the present moment with it, and not judging it. I want to be able to decrease self-hate and increase self love.
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Anja
Self hug
You‘d think it would feel strange to give yourself a hug but I find that this exercise really helps. I felt a noticeable change after having done it.
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Zach
i learned that
that i really need to stop letting the emotions get to me and letting me help remove my sadness from my mind and it really helped
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Susan
Self Hug
What a wonderful way to start my day! I became so relaxed. My breathing slowed down. My thoughts were not racing from worry to worry. Thank you
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Deb
Kind of nice
Giving myself a hug felt kind of nice. It's not the same as getting a really good hug from a close friend or a lovef one but it is still kind of nice. I think I'll do this for a while longer and just enjoy the relaxing feeling because I woke up feeling slightly anxious this morning, not sure why. I'm not working today and everything in my life is fine for the most part. I think I'll do some yoga too.
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Rob
I felt focused and warm and safe.
A hug is powerful self calming tool. Simple and effective. Pulling away from the stress of your surroundings with a meditation allowed me to get back to my game
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Erma
A hug
A hug is a wonderful things ever. And wee need to self-hug. I don't know what to say
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Jasmine
Feeling calm
Due to a car accident I have been constantly on edge. This meditation gave a me a finally gave me a sense of calm and release of some of those emotions I been hold on to.
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Nydia
I forget
I constantly want support and love from others but I forget that I can give it to myself too, and it is more important than receiving it from others.
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Jose
Self Hug
I learned that loving yourself is the key to all good things in your life.
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Ashley
Self-Hug
I learned that just as important as it is to show love to our children or loved ones and there are so many benefits to hugging the people you care about and love that it is just as important for us to hug ourselves. This self-Hug meditation was so very helpful. Before this mediation I was anxious and I was in a negative state after a long work week.. this mediation truly helped me get my mind right and refocused. I was truly calm and at peace with everything. I’m going to be doing this more often. Namaste 😌🧘🏼‍♀️
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Sybil
It’s ok
It’s ok to be sad as long as you give it a place and then let it go
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Kim
Hug
Sometimes u just need to give yourself a good big self hug when ur feeling sad or down to cheer ur self up!
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Sarah
breathe
i felt my whole body move with my deep breaths. i was a tad calmer from this to when before i started the meditation. it did help me a little bit. im glad meditation exists
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Kaylie
Love
I learned being loving & kind to myself calms me. My anxiety occurs when I’m focusing on my weaknesses instead of strength.
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Shelbie
My hug
My arms held and actually felt like support, it helped slow my breath and I could support my chin as I felt my emotions.
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Becky
Self Hugs 🤗
I remember now how important self hugs 🤗 are needed for self love ❤️, self control of feelings and that it’s ok 👌🏻 to have mixed emotions and feelings!
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Sameen
I love this meditation.
I felt loved and it shifted my perspective to wanting to love others. We all need a big hug from ourselves sometimes.❤️
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KJ
I felt like the physical touch from a human being is important during the covid lockdown
I learned that i need to create space for self-hugging when i feel overwhelmed
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Kendall
Soothe your nervous system
It’s nice to stop and feel comforted even for 3 minutes. Hugging yourself provides a break when you’re feeling overwhelmed. A chance pause, to check in and bring anxiety down a level.
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Alichia
Love yourself
Nurture your mind and body. Let yourself relax. Life can be overwhelming at times and if you don’t take care of yourself you will burn out. This only takes a few minutes and I feel a little more relaxed and recharged.
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Liesl
Self-Hug
This practice can also help you feel more optimistic. The action of giving myself a squeeze always makes me smile and feel giddy and happy.