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The Benefits Of Touch—Ways To Cope With Touch Starvation In Covid-19

D Tejaswi

4 min read

From casual handshakes to warm affectionate hugs, we miss them all. Given the quarantine period and the restrictions around, it’s time to re-emphasise the importance of touch and its benefits.

Dr Antony Theodore, a doctorate in English literature and author of several books in his poem, The Power of Touch, says “We do not value the power of touch. The feeling of love that you convey through a loving touch is marvellous and beyond measure.”

Touch conveys multiple positive emotions: joy, love, gratitude, sympathy and more. “Of the five sense organs, it is the skin which is the largest organ of the body. Given that, it’s no surprise that humans thrive, heal and feel better with touch,” says Dr C Manjula Rao, Clinical Psychologist, Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad.

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