I long to be hugged. Hard. To be held. Gently. The threads between my shoulders tighten if I think about it too much.
The science is simple: being touched has been found to lower our cortisol levels, which reduces stress. Not being touched means that levels of this hormone remain high, which can cause anger, depression, anxiety and insomnia because our body enters a perpetual state of fight or flight.
I hope, whenever I leave the house, that nobody tries to touch me because I fear I won't be able to 'stay alert' and stop myself touching them back.