In a time of crisis, many people are finding emotional support from their Teddy Bear
It’s true, the nations grandparents, grandchildren and those that are feeling lonely are finding a bear hug incredibly therapeutic and comforting.
Psychologists support the theory that a teddy bear sent by a loved one, can result in a significant improvement emotional well being. Scientific evidence backs this up saying that dopamine levels increase, with the sense of warmth and connection that is felt by the recipient.
Teddy Bears came to prominence in 1903 when the then president of the USA Teddy Roosevelt refused to kill a bear during an adventure trip in Mississippi. The story became folklore and gave birth to the cuddly toys as a symbol of love and affection.
The recent World Suicide Prevention Day saw the overnight appearance of a sculpture in Bristol city centre. It depicted a Teddy Bear offering comfort and solace to someone who was suffering emotionally. The sculpture highlighted the fact that there is always someone there to offer support.
Whilst a teddy bear is not the solution to all problems and cannot replace human contact, in times when this may not be possible a bear can indeed provide some comfort. Sometimes there are no words that can be said and a simple hug can provide a huge amount of support.
Scientific research estimates 1 in 6 of us will experience mental health problems at some point in our life. Small gestures of kindness and support can help lift a mood . The saying of 2020 that everyone will remember is ‘In a World where you can be anything, be kind’
It is quite incredible that a cuddly toy has become a vital element in helping people cope emotionally through Covid-19. Many of the bears purchased from Bears4u have been connecting Grandparents with their Grandchildren or sending hugs to friends who they cant meet up with. They have also sent Get Well Hugs, Birthday Wishes and told many people how much they are missed. The humble Teddy Bear has had an important job to do and the feedback from our customers has been overwhelmingly positive.
A friendly smile, a cuddly soft body, it’s no wonder that Teddy Bears are given to children to offer comfort at night and when they’re upset. Teddy bears also feature highly on the list when it comes to identifying strategies that adults use in coping with life’s stressors. We all have comforts we have chosen to offer us solace in times of distress.
Hugs have been high on the priority list for many people during lockdown, one customer recently told us ‘I haven’t been able to see my girlfriend since March so sending her a teddy has helped both of us feel a connection. She says she thinks of me when she hugs it.’
The last few months have been a strange and unique experience for everyone. All of our lives have been affected, some more than others.
It is so gratifying to know that the simple idea of a personalised teddy is bringing so much pleasure and comfort to people who are finding the Covid-19 journey such a physical and emotional challenge.