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Hugging Strangers || Just Because
Today I hugged a girl (potentially against her will) at Uni.
This girl walked down the stairs past me, tears streaming down her face and I couldn’t help but ask her if she was ok. Stupid questions deserve stupid answers and the poor girl said she was fine which of course was obviously not true.
I almost walked away and back to my classroom but instead for some reason I walked straight up to her blurted “I’m going to hug you ok??” At her and gave her a big cuddle! I squeezed her tight and just stood and held her for a minute.
Sometimes you need a giant great big hug to know that you don’t have to hold all together all the time! And she hugged back just as tightly so I guess she needed it.
Now I’m gonna ruin the story with a geeky interlude…
There’s a bit of science behind why we need a hug every now and again and it’s linked to the deep tissue pressure we get from a hard tight embrace. It calms our heart rate and our nervous system and makes our muscles relax. Deep tissue pressure has been seen to calm hypersensitive children with Autism for years but the theory crosses over to us as well.
(Temple Grandin did a research project on the subject in 1992…here’s her paper incase anyone is as big of a geek as me!! http://www.grandin.com/inc/squeeze.html)
So next time you have a tight squeeze off someone and it makes you feel better, it’s not just nice… It’s science!!
(PS: how amazingly cute is this picture by Susa Talan?? She’s on Etsy.. Go find her!)
Have a great Friday folks
Make a difference || Give Blood
Did you know only 4% of eligible adults in the UK give blood?
I have been terrified of needles for years and years and then 18 months ago a friend dragged me along with her and I bit the bullet and donated my first ever pint of red stuff.
I think what I’d been so worried about was not knowing what was coming… So here is a step by step guide to what cracks off at a blood bank:
1) You fill in a form about any medical condition, holidays abroad, tattoos or piercings.
2) You go and sit in a little booth and they take a drop of blood from your finger. They use a tiny spring loaded needle that is hidden in a little plastic case so you can’t even see it. They put the drop into a tube of copper sulphate to see if your iron levels are high enough to donate.
3) You drink a pint of water/ squash. - You need to keep nice and hydrated!
4) You are popped in a super comfy chair that reclines and has a rest for your giving arm. This is the scary bit… Needle time! Now even though I’ve given blood a few times now I still look away because I’m a bit of a wuss. However hand on my heart it hurts about the same as someone pinching you and for about as long.
5) Now you are hooked up and a member of staff takes a few samples to be tested along side your donation and 6-10 minutes later you are all done.
The staff who work at the blood bank are brilliant. This is their full time job and they are fabulous at what they do! They very sloooowwwwly bring you back up to sitting and pop on a plaster and now you get to have a cup of tea/ some squash and biscuit (or three).
Most people who I speak to about giving blood say the same thing “ohh I couldn’t do that I’m scared of needles” - however you’ll never know how brave you really are until you test it!
Why don’t you visit www.giveblood.co.uk and try something that scares you today!? Because if it came down to it you and you were in need… You would hope that someone had been brave on your behalf so you don’t have to.
I have a complete dependence on coffee so you can imagine the soul searching it took this morning when I was late for the train and my windscreen was frozen over.
Scrape the car and potentially miss the train or sacrifice my coffee… Hurl it at my windscreen and make the train.
I went for the second option.
It was a hard choice, and now my car looks like someone pooped on it!
Never mind! Better luck tomorrow!
Anyone who knows me will tell you that I don’t run…. Not even if it’s last orders at the bar… Not even if I’m on fire!!
However, in a strive to increase my fitness and find something that I can do that will give me a sense of achievement I have started to run!!
Now I look like I’m having some kind of fit, and go slower than a turtle stampeding through peanut butter… But I’m giving it a go and having a blast!!
As some added motivation I’ve signed up to do the Pretty Muddy Race For Life!
A lovely 5k mixed with some mega fun obstacles and a lorra lorra mud!!
So I have until the end if June to successfully run without sounding like an asthmatic warthog!!
Wish me luck folks and keep your eyes peeled for my progress!
What a relief to see that the latest Facebook craze is actually something positive!
Social media is a powerful force and to see it being used for good rather than evil is fantastic!!
I’m sure you are all aware of the #nomakeupselfie phenomenon and there are certainly some mixed opinions about it. I for one think it’s great, it was reported today that there has been a £15,000 surge of donations since the craze began and how cool is that??
Much as it’s all a bit of fun and a giggle with the girls, there is a serious undertone. Yes we are all aware of the C word and the effects of cancer. However, with breast cancer being the highest diagnosed in the country, when was the last time you ladies felt your boobs?
Be aware of your bodies and any changes and if you’re worried get it checked out. Don’t ignore it and think it’ll just go away, early diagnosis is our best friend! Have a peek at the Breakthrough Breast Cancer’s ‘touch, look, check’ guidelines and keep boob happy!
So for those of you that have and those of you who haven’t it couldn’t be simpler to donate the price of a cup of coffee (£3) by texting BEAT to 70007.
Let keep awareness, donations and positive social media up ladies and gents!