Lucy Artigas invented the "Butterfly Hug," or "Hug of Self-Love," while helping with storm Paulina survivors in Acapulco in 1997. Individuals might use it as a self-soothing technique when they are stressed. It takes about 3-5 minutes on average.

Here is how you do it:

  1. Cross your arms across your chest.
  2. Keep the tips of each hand's middle fingers just below the collarbone.
  3. The fingers should point towards the neck rather than the arms, and the hand and fingers should be as upright as possible.
  4. You can completely or partially close your eyes.
  5. Now, like the flapping wings of a butterfly, you alternate the movement of your hands.
  6. Let your hands move freely and tap your chest.
  7. Breathe slowly and deeply while observing what is going on in your mind and body, for example, thoughts, images, sounds, scents, and feelings.
  8. Don't change, ignore, or judge what is going on in your mind.
  9. When your body tells you that you feel better, simply stop and smile.

With this new skill, now you are better than five minutes ago. So treat yourself with the butterfly hug.