If you somehow missed it, we’re big proponents of PDA here at Poosh. (Give us all the Kravis.) It can be easy to see it as over-the-top or obnoxious, but we’re here to make an argument that PDA can be a form of self-care. Just like other self-care practices, it’s not for everyone—but hear us out.
Ofc, we got this idea from Kourt. She has said before that public displays of affection with Travis help her to be present and pretend like no one else is there—something that can be difficult because she gets shy. Being in the moment can not only help manage stress, it can also strengthen relationships. Also, physical displays of affection are important in a relationship. Studies have shown that couples who touch each other are happier. Touch conveys emotions and stimulates the production of the “love hormone” oxytocin.
Pre-pandemic, many of us took being able to hug, kiss, or hold hands with someone for granted. When the pandemic hit, many of us had to go without any kind of physical contact. It was scary and forbidden. No more PDA. Most—if not all—of our connections with others happened on a screen. (Remember all the anti-climactic FaceTime sex?)
We may be past that part (phew), but have we started to take touch for granted again? It’s still incredibly common to see couples on their phones, right next to each other, barely speaking or touching. Not because they’re in a fight or something is wrong, but because … that’s just what people do now.
Let’s shift that. Let’s be present. Let’s sit on the same side of the booth at restaurants. Let’s make out in bars. Let’s be wholly there with someone, doing what we want to, pretending there’s nobody else in the world.
Even if it’s just for a moment.
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