TRENDING STORIES

Thinking about your other half helps reduce stress

A recent study published in the journal Psychophysiology suggests that simply imagining love and support from your significant other can boost your stress management skills. Being in a healthy, romantic relationship can be beneficial in more ways than one. A recent study, titled ‘The impact of physical proximity and attachment working models on cardiovascular reactivity: Comparing mental activation and romantic partner presence’, published in the journal Psychophysiology suggests that simply imagining the love and support from your significant other can boost your stress management skills.

According to a report in the Medical News, “A team of psychologists from the University of Arizona in Tucson has conducted a study that suggests that being in the presence of your partner can help you cope with stress and that, more intriguing still, even just thinking about your significant other can have the same positive effects”.

For the purpose of the study, a sample of undergraduate students in a romantic relationship at a large university was randomly assigned to one of three conditions: partner present, mental activation, or control. The participants were 19 years old on average and predominantly female (75.5%), with an average relationship length of 20.6 months. The sample was generally diverse, with 46.0% people who were Caucasian and non‐Hispanic. The 102 people who participated in the study were assigned a stress-inducing task that required each volunteer to dip one foot into 3-inch-deep water with temperatures between 38–40°F (approximately 3.3–4.4°C). To establish the amount of stress that each participant felt, the researchers assessed their blood pressure, heart rate, and heart rate variability before, during, and at the end of the experiment.

The researchers split the volunteers into three groups – the people in the first group had their romantic partners sitting quietly with them while they completed the stressful task, the people in the second group received the instruction to simply imagine receiving support from their partners while completing the task and the third group had to think about the events of their day while taking part in the experiment.

Measuring the parameters, the researchers found that the first two groups – those who either had their partner close by or imagined their partner’s love and support had lower blood pressure (that indicates less stress) compared to the participants who thought about their day while taking part in this task. The global lockdown has everyone’s mental health in a spin! Have you checked out our Mental Health resources by Indian Spice click here

The South African Depression And Anxiety Group (SADAG) is Africa’s largest mental health support and advocacy group open 7 days a week from 8am – 8pm. If you are needing a referral to a psychologist, psychiatrist or support group call SADAG on 011 234 4837 or 0800 20 50 26 and speak to a trained counselor who can assist you further. Substance abuse hotline: 0800 12 13 14 is available 24hrs or alternatively email Zane on zane@sadag.org

Source: Indian Express

📣 Follow Indian Spice on TwitterInstagramFacebookTelegramTikTok and on YouTube, and stay updated with the latest South African Indian news and international Indian news.


If you need support or know someone who does, please reach out to your nearest mental health specialist. India Helplines: Aasra: 022 2754 6669; Sneha India Foundation: +914424640050 and Sanjivini: 011-24311918

Stay at home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority during the coronavirus crisis. 

Connect with the Coronavirus Whatsapp services below

  • Coronavirus India Whatsapp tap here
  • Coronavirus South Africa Whatsapp tap here
  • SA Hotline Number: 0800 029 999

For more related coronavirus (COVID-19) latest news and stories click here

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.