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Hug Yourself Every Day

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A Great Big Hug

Give yourself a hug each day - especially if you live alone. You can treat yourself to a physical hug, or a mental-inspiring hug.

To hug yourself physically, simply wrap your arms around yourself so that opposite hands touch and cling to the back of the shoulders. Take a nice deep breath and hold the hug for 25 seconds, remembering to breath during the process. Close your eyes and see yourself as a little precious child. Your body will relax and "let-go". Wonderful!

To hug yourself mentally and spiritually, sit in a comfortable place and begin to notice your breathing, deep and soothing. Let your body completely relax and follow your mind to a peaceful, beautiful, private place. As you visualize your "secret garden", imagine a radiant light coming toward you. It enters your heart. From the heart, the light flows through every part of your body. It fills you with total peace. And when you are filled with this peaceful state, the light begins to surround your outer-body, lingering and hugging you. You are now one, with God.

How To Hug Yourself

Different Ways To Hug Yourself

There are others ways to hug yourself besides the physical hug:

  • Learn to love who you are and begin putting your needs first. You can't do for others when you are weak, sick, in pain or depressed.
  • It's not selfish to take time to exercise
  • Prepare a healthy and nutritious diet and enjoy every bite of food.
  • Meditate for a few minutes each day,
  • Socialize with friends or attend discussions and classes.
  • Take a power nap. Fifteen minutes is all you need.
  • Laugh often, especially laugh at yourself.

Attitude Is The Foundation Of Good physical And Mental Health

Attitude is the foundation of good health. When we "see the glass as half-full" instead of half-empty, we actually set up the conditions needed for living a healthy life-style.

Studies now show that our immune system responds to the way we think which affects our health. Breaking the "negative thinking" habit is a huge pay-off. The quickest way to do this is to begin a program of positive affirmations. Think of it this way - every time you replace a negative thought with a positive thought you are giving yourself a mental hug.

Remember To Also Exercise

If you hate to exercise - ok. I get it. So don't exercise. Instead, just move now and then. Even if you only vacuum the floor you absolutely must move.

Your physical energy and over-all health depends on exercising your heart muscle. But you already know this. You've heard it again and again. Baby steps, my friend. Do a little bit at a time then gradually increase your activity until you are moving for at least 20 minutes each day.

And guess what? The latest studies have shown that your activity does not have to be continuous. You can accumulate your time. Ten minutes here, 10 minutes there - you get the picture. A walk is probably the best way to go, however, you can also get moving by dancing, washing the car, cleaning, shopping or make the bed 10 times. :)

Your Body Requires Plenty of Water

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Why Should I Drink At Least 6-8 Ounces Of Water Daily?

Is it really important to drink at least 6-8 glasses of water every single day? Just how much water should I be drinking each day? You may be surprised to learn that the answer is not a "one size fits all" answer. The thing that determines how much water we should be drinking is:

  • Our weight
  • The climate we live in
  • Our level of activity

Wikihow.com says, "There are a variety of reasons to drink plenty of water each day. Adequate water intake prevents dehydration, cleans out the body, and promotes healing processes. Substituting water for beverages high in calories can also help control weight."

I use to have a really hard time drinking 1 glass of water a day, let alone the required 8 glasses. I finally learned that water is an acquired taste. My friends also suggested I add a couple of lemon slices, or lime to my water and that helped some. Then I read somewhere that adding a slice of cucumber might help. . .and sure enough, it did. Another trick I use is to add organic 100% cranbury juice. It is all natural with no sugar or sweetner, so if you try this be sure to delute it with plenty of water and a kick of stevia.

An added benefit for me - and a big motivator to drink my H20 - was losing a few extra pounds each month.

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Eating Green With or Without Kermit

Developed the habit of eating green. Begin to think about the results or consequences of what foods you put into your body. You already know the program - you've heard it often enough. Again, it's about making choices - the right choices. Eating nutrionally is a mind-set.

When you can, grow your own vegetables and herbs. Its fun, rewarding and healthier than purchasing these foods at the market. Planting from seeds is a great money-saver. And you can use an egg-container to start your seeds. (No styrofoam please).

One of the best and healthiest fish is Barramundi. Thanks, Australia, for supplying us with this Super Food.

Begin Your Gratitude Journal Now

Summing It Up

You may feel a bit strange the first few times you give yourself a hug but do it just the same. Each time you try this hold the hug a little longer and you'll soon get used to it. It's a wise choice to make.

And speaking of making wise choices this is perhaps the most important thing we can do to improve our health. Do any of the following, ring a bell?

  • Should I see my doctor? I hate having a mammogram - maybe I'll skip it this year.
  • The last time I had a blood test, it felt like the technician was drilling for oil. I'm not doing this again.
  • It may be broken, but I'll just wait and see.
  • I'm too sick to go to emergency.
  • I had a complete physical last year, so I'm gonna skip it this year.
  • I don't need a good nights sleep. Plenty of time for that when I'm dead.

The best way to apply a healthy dose of self love is to try the following:

  • Eat a nutritional diet and keep your body moving with some form of exercise.
  • Take control of your life - be accountable. Stop blaming others and circumstances for your misfortunes.
  • You have been given free-will. Use it wisely.
  • Begin a gratitude journal and list yourself as #1.

One of the reasons I loved living in Hawaii for so long was the way the locals always greeted each other with a hug. There was not an ounce of embarrassment. It's simply a way of life. I miss that wonderful warm way of greeting one another.

But I follow my own advice...I give myself an aloha hug each and every day. I hope you will too.

Give One Person a Hug Each Day and Build 2 Immune Systems

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How healthy are you?

Have you ever hugged yourself?

  • never
  • once in a great while
  • often
  • I think its silly
  • never thought about it before - but will now
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Everybody needs a hug. It changes your metabolism.

~Leo Buscaglia

© 2011 Audrey Hunt

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FaithDream 5 years ago from (Midwest) USA

This is awesome. one hug, one day, at a time.. a new one to be added to the 10 step program. :-)

Thanks for sharing this wonderful piece. {{huggs}} to you.


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katiem2 5 years ago from I'm outta here

I love it and I love the way you think and write, I think a hub a day is a fab idea and at least one plus we should remember to hug others, getting hugged back in the process. Now I'm off to go about hugging everyone I see. Love and Peace :) Katie


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

That was wonderful,. Thank you. If l knew what other hubbers meant when they say they´ll ´´bookmark´´ this one l would do it. (but l don´t have a clue)


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b. Malin 5 years ago

What a Wonderful and Inspiring Hub Vocalcoach. If only we can remember these simple rules for Health and Happiness...I will practice a Hug a Day! Thanks for sharing.


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

You have beautiful tips here. Thanks to remind us to always improving our health. We need this all the time. Healthy is like an investment for the future. I'll bookmark this one. Rated Up Up Up. God bless you!

Prasetio,


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

b.Malin -

sharing a hug is such a little thing to do, but oh my the rewards are big! Happy health to you b. So glad to see you. Hugs! vocalcoach


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BeiYin 5 years ago from Ibiza Spain

'Attitude' is the resumen and comes out of ones individual *learning & growing* process. For sure it can't have a healthy result, if added to other concepts one has made to ones properties, - as beautiful these might be.


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Ashantina 5 years ago

A hug a day... yep count me in!!!


jann 5 years ago

Great hub, good writing. Awesome. I really did like your ideas


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

A brilliant hub vocalcoach,

You are so right, to have a hug or to give a hug is so simple but very sad when someone cannot do this.

Maybe they were never hugged and it does not feel right.'Maybe ...............I don't know'

I am just so glad that I am able to and I was always hugging my children, now my grandchildren and of course my wonderful partner Dai.

Nobody gets away from having a hug with me.

This hub is so you vocalcoach.

Beautiful to the very core.

Thank you for sharing,

Take care

Eiddwen.


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Earth Angel 5 years ago

A beautiful Hub just like you my dear!

Big Hugs to you this day and always! EarthAngel!


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cwarden 5 years ago from USA

A big (HUG) for you for writing this great hub! I am so excited about your cucumber slice in the water tip, I almost want to go out and do my shopping right now to pick one up! I have the hardest time with water and this sounds like it might work for me. Gave myself a nice hug too. You are great - Thanks!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Dim - To "bookmark" means to save the hub so you can review it again. Go up to the right-hand corner of the page and just beneath the writers picture, you will see a grey box with choices, beginning with "read more hubs".

The last link is "bookmark" - click on it and then click save. It will be saved for you to read again. If you have trouble, let me know. Thanks Dim - :)vocalcoach


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creativeone59 5 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

That's a thumbs up on that one, and awesome pick me up. Thank you for sharing the good news with us. Godspeed. creativeone59


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Green Lotus 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

And another big HUG to you VC for sharing this awesome, super positive Hub. I know you've been doing the 30 day challenge and bet this one just flowed naturally :) :)


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

This is a terrific hub as it is so important to take care of yourself. I off to hug someone I love. Rated up and awesome.


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sergs_pogi 5 years ago

Wow. Another nice hub. The first part inspires me to be positive though the circumstance is not fitting. Thanks, coach. Your profile photo depicts a happy and loving mother!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Katie, fantastic woman, I'll just bet you hug those beautiful girls of yours all the time. And "group hugs" insure a feeling of "oneness". I am sending you an "Audrey Hug" across the miles. :)


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

We are big huggers in our family, but I never really thought about hugging myself. I'll give it a try! As always, inspiring information to help us cope with life on the planet Earth!


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

Hugs to you!! Thanks for gifting me with a smile today!


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

Great suggestions, Audrey, especially about hugs. No one gets - or gives - enough hugs. Consider this comment a loving hug from me to you.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Faithdream - Awwwe ~ You sent me hugs. Love it! Now, how did you know that I needed a hug? I think I will give myself another one and go read one of your wonderful hubs. :) vocalcoach


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

You are the best Audrey! This hub is you, positive and inspirational! These are such great tips too! You are the expert natural healer! Rated up!


Fay Paxton 5 years ago

A positively uplifting hub. Hugs to you!

up/beautiful


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

A very positive and lovely hub! There can never be enough inspiration in our daily life, we so need it as a contradiction to all negative news that we always hear of. Thanks for sharing your inspiration and good advices! Up/awesome! Tina


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

My son and myself love hugging and do it very often. I always say that it is the best thing and cost nothing and yet people don't see it.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Thoughtforce - You make a very good point. We certainly are caught up in a media broadcasting negativity and darkness. We really do need positive re-inforcements. Thank you tina...always appreciate hearing from you.


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Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

Vocalcoach, I love this hub and I love hugging (physically, mentally, spiritually!). Sometimes I even email virtual hugs to some friends whom I don't get to see very often. LOL Rated up and beautiful. :)


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK

Aaaawh... such a beautiful and educative Hub. I love the photo's. I have made a note to eat more Greens and less browns (chocolate). :)


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Lady_E ~ Such a joy to have you stop by and to read your bright, positive comments. And I have to say, chocolate is my big weakness. I love, love, love the stuff. And when I make a choice to have "green over brown", I give myself a huge, long hug! :)vocalcoach


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Om Paramapoonya - You should see the smile on my face - and you put it there. I thank you for your wonderful comments. How marvelous for me - to meet a hugger like you! And may I send you one right now? :) vocalcoach


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Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

loved your hub vocalcoach. you have covered each and every aspect related to good health.

voted up!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Ruchira - I am so happy to see you here Ruchira. Just read one of your hubs and I can't wait to read more by you. Thanks and I hope to see you here again, very soon. :) vocalcoach


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Support Med. 5 years ago from Michigan

What a great idea - to give yourself a hug, LOL!! Thanks for sharing is 'huggable' hub! v/r


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Support Med. - I love your comment - always a sweet pleasure to see you my friend. Excuse me now, as I give myself a hug. :)vocalcoach


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epigramman 5 years ago

..well the day I met you my dear sweet Audrey was a day when my health and well being improved - I will always keep a light in the window for you - and I love the sound of your voice - and you are 'someone (I know) who will watch over me' ......


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

Brilliant and very useful tips, thank you for sharing.


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glowingrocks 5 years ago from New York

Great hub.HUG!Hug!One for me and one for you.up vote


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

acaetnna - Hello, pretty one. I sure love your comments. The only thing I love more, are your fantastic hubs. You have a huge talent! Think I will go and knock on your door right now. :) vocalcoach


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

glowingrocks - Wow, but that hug felt great! How did you ever guess that I needed that. Now, if I just had a few of the divine rocks that your feature in your amazing hubs!


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ChristineVianello 5 years ago from Philadelphia

Great hub!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

This was a delightful hub with some very sage advice and I absolutely loved the photos, especially of the toddler hugging and kissing his mirror image.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Christine - Thank you. Very nice to see you here. Come back real soon!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hello - How wonderful to hear that your son and you hug each other often. That is such a healing thing to do. A hug, feels so darn good and can repair so much that needs "fixng". That is the main reason I hug myself several times a day! :)


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Another awesome hub, Audrey. I'm glad I read this today (Sat. May 28th) I am going through an emotionally difficult time and feel quite alone, since my wonderful children are so far away. I don't get those hugs and have hugged myself, but sometimes, it is just nice having that other hug.

Hope you are doing well, yourself. ((((Hugs to you))))


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hugs are wonderful although I never thought of hugging myself. Makes a certain amount of sense! Here are extra hugs to you and Denise Handlon who apparently needs an extra hug about now. Great hub. Up and useful votes from me.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Denise - I know exactly what you mean. Most of the time, I grab my son and either I hug him, or I tell him that I need a hug. It's really hard when your children leave home. Here, we are mothers over half of our lives, living for our children, and then one day - everything changes. I hope you can feel the warm, loving hug I am sending to you right now!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Thanks Peggy and Audrey--got both of your warm, generous hugs and it felt great. LOL


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Fay - ...and here's a big hug to you, my friend. Thank you for reading my hub. :)


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Kathy - oh, thank you, my sweet one. I really needed to hear your beautiful words today. I am losing my older brother - he will be "moving on" anytime now. I want to be there with him, but he lives to far away to make it in time. So your very kind words came at a "key moment" for me. You, Kathy, are love!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

drbj - Oh boy...I felt that hug and did I ever need it today. Thanks, dear friend for all you do for me. I was given a very special gift, the day I found you, here on hubpages. Keep a rainbow handy!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Truckstop Sally - I love hugs and can't get enough. I think one reason I loved living in Hawaii was for the genuine hugs I received with every "aloha". What can I say? A hug a day, Keeps my blues away!" :)


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Pamela - I'll just bet your hugs are warm and sincere too. Lucky people who are on the receiving end!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Green Lotus - My dear, precious and beautiful friend. You know me well - this hub really did "flow". I wish more would :) I really love hugs. I wish I could give one last hug to my big brother as he makes the transition from this life, to the next. At least I was able to talk to him for a minute on the phone and tell him how proud I am of him, how blessed to be his little sister and how much I love him. It is never easy to lose those we love is it? But we can love one another...and I love you!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

creativeone59 - I always love to get a visit from you! I seem to light up when I see your name. Thank you so much and God Bless!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

cwarden - I sure hope the cucumber slice added to your water helps. It is the only way I can down my 8 glasses a day. :) Now, if I could just find someone to hug after each glass of water, that, in and of itself, would be motivation enough. Thank you, my friend.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

EarthAngel - You are always a light in my day. Thank you, for your lovely comments. :)


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neeleshkulkarni 5 years ago from new delhi

sending you a hug vocallllllll.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Eiddwen - I might have known that this would be a familiar gesture to you. Anyone with a heart as big as yours, both gives and gets hugs regularly. I couldn't help but notice that a few people that voted thought that hugging was "silly". Your comment gave the correct reason for that, and I thank you. Soooooooo - here is yet one more hug from me to you!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

jann - Thank you very much for your lovely comments. I am so pleased that you came by - I hope to see you again very soon! :)vocalcoach


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Ashantina - I just knew you would be up for a few hugs - so here's a big one from me to you!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

BeiYin - Thank you for your comments on "attitude". You have added an interesting element to my hub. I hope to see you again.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Prasetio, my friend - Sorry it has taken so long for me to respond. I always appreciate your support and kind comments. You manage to put a smile on my face, even in difficult times. Thank you and God Bless!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

neeleshkulkarni - Well, I certainly enjoyed that hug. I really needed it today! :)


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos

It is always wonderful to read your piece. A great piece of great benefit and helpful


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Oh thank you ubanichijioke! Your kind and caring comments are so welcomed. I think I deserve a hug, so will wrap my arms around myself and then send you a hug too!


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shai77 5 years ago

Hi Vocalcoach :-)

As always your hub is wonderful.

I never thought about the idea of mental Hugs before,

and it sounds so right.I think i will try one in the morning, and one before going to sleep .

Thank you for your wonderful Hub :-)

Voted and rated.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

shaii - I'm thrilled to see you here and appreciate the time you have taken to read and comment on my hub. Sending you a virtual hug from me!


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK

Our paths have crossed again as this hub came up as a ‘related hub’ on my latest one! We seem to be dancing to the same tune - I love what you’ve written here particularly the gentle encouragement you use to coax people to feel better about themselves, the bit about exercise is just great.

And I love hugs too. With two cuddly daughters and a cuddly cat still at home I get plenty, even if my hubby isn’t the huggiest man around.

I see from the comments that you had another bereavement, you have my condolences.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Melovy ~ I'm so very sorry that I didn't catch your beautiful comment before today. As I read every wonderful word, I felt a strong connection with a desire to just reach out and

give you a big hug.

I'm glad to know you have those two cuddly daughters and a cuddly cat. You tell your man that he's missing out :-)

Thank you for your thoughtfulness and my best to you!


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

You have so much positive energy to share with the world! Another great piece y you!!! Bill Holland said for us to read this. Now, I know why!!! Voted up!!!


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DanaTeresa 4 years ago from Ohio

What a fantastic hub! So uplifting and full of great info and advice. I will have to try the cucumber in the water idea... I love hugging! we should all do more of it! :)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

So true - positivity really does do a body good. I have been stressed a bit lately (which is just normal - I have been getting my uncle moved here to St. Louis from Arkansas - finishing up this week though). I think I will give myself a hug and send you one too:) lol

Up and everything! I always read your hubs and feel as if I should paste them on my fridge!


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

I am starting today with my new schedule - more water (I am hopeless in this respect, I drink loads of coffee though), more exercise and a self-hug every day - sounds like a recipe for success to me!

Many thanks Audrey, giving you a virtual hug from across the pond :o)


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

imaudraleigh - How very nice of Bill Holland to recommend my hub on hugging. And how equally nice that you are here and found my hub to be positive. Thank you so much and I appreciate knowing that you gave me a vote up!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

iamaudra ~ I'm so happy to see you here. Haven't had a visitor on this one for a while now. So sweet of Bill to mention my hub. Sending you and Bill a big "Hub Hug."


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Dana - I loved living in Hawaii for many reasons, but I think hugging was the big one. I also love the hugs I get from my friends at church. It just feels sooooo good!


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laadhy 4 years ago from Maldives- The Paradise on Earth

Interesting hub with lots of information


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

A great message and sensible advice Audrey.. loved this hub and the sheer positivity of your words. voted up and sharing!


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Hugging myself and you Audrey


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

RealHousewife - Hello Kelly. I hope all is well with you and that your beautiful family are giving you tons of hugs. And thanks for your hug. I never get enough so my poor cocker spaniel tactfully allows me to hug him endlessly. He just sits, sighs and accepts one hug and then another.:) Have a wonder holiday filled with love, enough energy to get you through it all and plenty of rest when it's all over:)


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Docmo - Thanks for you kind and supportive words. I like that! Thanks also for the Up and sharing!

Audrey ~ Hello, and oh thank you for the hug. I love hugs!


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

I thought I had read this....it sure sounds familiar...so where the heck is my comment? :) I swear, Audrey, I'm slowly losing my memory and I'm not happy about it. LOL

Of course I'm going to love this message. I'm hugging myself right now and sending you a hug as well.

love,

bill


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Oh, dear Bill - blame it on the computer :) Can't tell you how many times I have done the same thing. Thank you for being you - I wouldn't want you any other way. I love my hug - I feel loved!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

I can't believe I missed this! Me, who keeps writing about being happy and I miss a hub that is right up my alley. I love the positive outlook of this hub and the suggestion of hugging yourself. I think best of all I like your last sentence (above the last picture), "Give One Person a Hug Each Day and Build 2 Immune Systems"...what great motivation!

Voted up, useful, and interesting.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

This is the perfect way to end my day - to read your beautiful comments. My admiration for you is endless. My life has been enriched with the reading of your magnificent hubs. If I could write the way you do - wow!

I believe in the act of hugging. Human touch sends a message that words can't begin to do.

So I will give myself one last hug before climbing into my little bed and send one to you as well. Your votes are appreciated. I am happy!


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Poetic Ink 3 years ago from New York, New York

This was truly a very useful article VocalCoach, and I never really tried a self hug before, but I have moved my butt a great deal to get fit LOL.

I like your useful tips here for those having a tough time loving themselves and also those struggling with health issues. You have written a truly awesome self help guide here that anyone can use, and for boosting up their spirits if anything. Thanks for sharing this awesome hub with us all.

Thumbs up and sharing!

Your budd Mike Pugh aka Cloud Explorer.


Maria Ruiz 3 years ago

Very well said. If we do not love ourselves we can not love others. I love the picture. Voted up and sharing!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hello Poetic Ink - You should see the huge smile on my face! Still grinning at your opening remarks:) Have I mentioned how much I love your hubs? Each one teaches me an important lesson. So I'm honored to read your comments Mike and what a pleasure to have you as a friend.

Thanks so much for being here and for the thumbs up and sharing. Hugs!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Maria - I'm very glad to see you here. What you have said is very important and so very true. It all begins with loving who we are. Hugs.


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

I gave myself a hug! I'm sending you one! I'm also visualizing one with JD! :)


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Sunshine - You rascal you! Johnny is mine. But how can I ever compete with Sunshine? Sigh.

Maybe he prefers older (much older) women. I can dream. Give your sweet self one more hug as I enjoy my hug from you!


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States

I really like all of your suggestions. I have acquired the taste for water and drink it all day long and a big proponent of positive affirmations. I do not hug myself as it just has not occurred to me. I hug others and get hugged back, but I will see if I remember to start hugging myself. Awesome hub!


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Dee aka Nonna 3 years ago

This is a really great reminder. I have hugged myself on many occasions, but never really thought about it or the benefit I was receiving. Hugging is something I have always enjoyed doing....if for no other reason than to let another person know they matter. I love your other suggestions as well, especially about drinking water. I love water. It is my beverage of choice. Thanks for the reminder ---all of them.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

I love hugs, I try and hug my son all the time when he comes over, but he just grins and bears it! lol! hugs make you feel special, and yes it definitely makes you feel all warm and fuzzy, great for stress, nell


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Pamela99 - Thanks so much. Giving ourselves a hug might feel awkward at first. It works though, especially when you could really use one and no ones around to fill that need.

Nell - My son's the same way but I hug him all the same. (Inside they love it:) Thanks Nell!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hi Dee - I miss seeing you around more often. Its wonderful that you hug yourself! I hope more folks learn to do this. Now, if you'll excuse me - I need a hug:)


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

great hub.. Just found this as it was written before I started here. super job. Sharing and voting up.+++


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

The one thing I've heard over and over again is to put my needs first. I'm working on it :)

Beautiful hub!


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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

This is beautiful, something that I so desperately need. Thank you so much for this.

Voted up and sharing!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

carol7777 - Gee, but I'm so glad you like my hub on hugging. Sure do appreciate your sharing this and voting up and more. Thanks so much!

JustAskSusan - Putting our own needs first is something most of us never learned to do. In fact, it was just the opposite. But we must do this. Life is so darn short. If we don't put ourselves first - who will? It's not selfish - we can serve others better when our own needs are met. So pleased that you're working on this Susan. Hugs to you!

livingsta - You deserve to take as much time as you need to see that your needs are met. Treat yourself at least as well as you treat others and when you can - even treat yourself better :) Thanks my friend.


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shruti sheshadri 3 years ago from Bangalore, India

what a wonderful thought vocalcoach! absolutely beautiful.. free hugs everyday! a great thought, glad to read it :)


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

shruti - I'm so glad to see you here! Thank you for reading my hub and taking time to write a comment. I'm sending you hugs, but I still want you to hug yourself often! Thank you.


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

This is such an encouraging hub, vocalcoach. If only I can get myself drinking 2 glasses of water per day. But I do hug myself daily. Maybe not literally.... :)

Excellent advice!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Ahhhh Martie! Thank you so much. I really do appreciate your "seal of approvement " on my hub. I always light up when you come to visit:)

I wish you all things good and most of them fun.

Thanks, dear friend!


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Vellur 21 months ago from Dubai

A big hug to you! Hugs do make people wanted and happy. Never thought of hugging myself though. A great feel good hub, positive and inspiring.


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pstraubie48 21 months ago from sunny Florida

Absolutely...loving ourselves, taking the time to take care of ourselves is a gift like no other.

Thank you for taking the time to share this with us...

Angels and HUGS and blessings are on the way to you this morning ps


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ChitrangadaSharan 21 months ago from New Delhi, India

What a beautiful and positive hub!

I am really going to follow your advice from today. A hug each day, physically and mentally. I am sure this will be very comforting.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful hub and a big hug to you also.

May God bless you! Voted up and shared on HP!


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peachpurple 21 months ago from Home Sweet Home

I found weird hugging myself, i prefer to hug my teddy


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Sunshine625 21 months ago from Orlando, FL

Hugs to you and a Hug for me too! :)


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mary615 21 months ago from Florida

Gee, I never hugged myself before, but you know what?? I just did it cause I deserve a hug today. Why?? Just because I have lived another day in this beautiful, awesome world, and am truly blessed!

Voted UP, etc.


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vocalcoach 20 months ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Vellur - I improve my day with a self-hug throughout the week. I love hugs and rarely get one these days. So I hug myself. Yes, it feels good.Thanks my friend.

Hugs to you,

Audrey

peachpurple - Hugging your teddy feels so good. That's what they're for. :)

Sunshine625 - Thanks dear Linda for the hugs. Feels so good!

mary615 - I love your attitude. It takes so little to please you and your gratitude just for being here another day is the best!

pstraubie48 - I love your comments about taking care of ourselves. So true! Thank you dear lady. Blessings to you,

Audrey

ChitrangadaSharan - I'm pleased to know that you are going to be a self-hugger now. A wonderful and healthy habit to develop. And I'm sending hugs to you my friend. Audrey

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