Good for your health

by She Will Shine on 15-07-2013 in Wellbeing, The Journey


She Will Shine welcomes Karen from Think Bespoke as our special guest on the blog today, giving us insight on why we should embrace our "girlfriend time".

Have you ever wondered why you feel so good after a chat with another Mum (or sister, girlfriend, mother or aunt for that matter)?

I recently attended the Annual Monash Women in Business Exhibition and Luncheon. I had the good fortune at this event to meet the lovely Danielle from She Will Shine.

I attended this event with a colleague (and friend) and we were able to enjoy lunch and time together, whilst listening to the guest speaker, Moira Kelly as she shared her amazing life story thus far. It was an inspiring afternoon and my wonderful girlfriend sent me some information soon after that she thought I might find interesting.

At first I thought she had sent me one of those chain letters about how she valued our friendship (which are always nice to receive), and to pass it on to 5 other valued friends.

But then I read the information in detail. This is what she shared with me. At an evening class at Stanford University 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 wellbeing.

Women share feelings whereas men often form relationships around activities. 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!

I am not suggesting you cancel your gym membership or stop jogging, but every time you hang out with a gal pal, just pat yourself on the back and congratulate yourself for doing something good for your health!

Karen Hollenbach runs Think Bespoke, a service business providing Career Coaching and Business Mentoring.


Louise Jones
18-07-2013 09:19AM
THAT is the best news I've heard all week! Thankfully I'm taking a day off work tomorrow (legitimately) to do gal pal, hair, library etc. Knowing this is good for my health is an added benefit.

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