Friday, January 28, 2011

Girlfriends Unite ~ Balance Challenge #4

In light of spending yesterday at the spa with  friends then walking with another gal pal this morning and preparing for a girls trip to Las Vegas in a couple weeks, I found the below email I received to be spot on. My Balance Challenge #4 is for you to carve out time with your girlfriends. I know, I know, you are booked! We all get busy, with our families, to-do lists, work and life’s details. This upcoming week STOP, call a girlfriend and make some plans.

Cheers to girlfriends and staying healthy!

Did you know that every time you schmooze with a girlfriend you should pat yourself on the back and congratulate yourself for doing something good for your health? In an evening class at Stanford the last lecture was on the mind-body connection - the relationship between stress and disease. The speaker (Head of Psychiatry at Stanford) said, among other things, that one of the best things that a man could do for his health is to be married to a woman whereas for a woman, one of the best things she could do for her health was to nurture her relationships with her girlfriends. At first everyone laughed, but he was serious.

Women connect with each other differently and provide support systems that help each other to deal with stress and difficult life experiences. Physically this quality “girlfriend time" helps us to create more serotonin - a neurotransmitter that helps combat depression and can create a general feeling of well being. Women share feelings whereas men often form relationships around activities. They rarely sit down with a buddy and talk about how they feel about certain things or how their personal lives are going. Jobs? Yes. Sports? Yes. Cars? Yes. Fishing, hunting, golf?

Yes. But their feelings? Rarely.

Women do it all of the time. We share from our souls with our sisters/mothers, and evidently that is very good for our health. He said that spending time with a friend is just as important to our general health as jogging or working out at a gym. There’s a tendency to think that when we are "exercising" we are doing something good for our bodies, but when we are hanging out with friends, we are wasting our time and should be more productively engaged—not true. In fact, he said that failure to create and maintain quality personal relationships with other humans is as dangerous to our physical health as smoking!

Unicycle Rose challenges you this his week to do yourself a favor, pick up the horn and plan a walk, coffee date, happy hour, chick flick or (fill in the blank) with your pal. As women, we are indeed very blessed to have each other. Why not toast to our friendships? Evidently it’s very good for our health.


-stephanie- said...

Woo Hoo my challenge is done already. I just got home from a fantastic night out with my two best friends from high school. We haven't all been together for almost 12 years ( I horrible) but we reconnected tonight and had the best of times. Laughter and feelings shared all around and I feel great.

Comeca Jones said...

Looks like fun to get this time with your best buddies. Lucky youuu!

Justabeachkat said...

My friends and I have Girls Night Outs quite often...usually dinner and a movie...and it's always fun. I like the idea of a spa day too.