Instead of posting a Tuesday Ten blog today, I am doing another Tuesday themed post… Take Out Tuesday!
Between work, working out and working to just keep it together, it’s tough to find time to hang with girlfriends when you’re going at full speed 24/7. Needless to say, that’s why I try to do Take Out Tuesday once a month with my girlfriends. (It’s not always on Tuesday, but we try.) It’s a fun excuse to get together with my girlfriends during the week. Usually all of us grab salads and convene at one of our apartments with a bottle of wine. Other times, we get together and cook a meal. Regardless, these mid-week rendezvous help break up the week and remind me that there’s more to life than just work. And there happens to be some cold hard facts as to why this “girl time” makes me feel this way….
According to the head of psychiatry at Stanford, one of the best things a woman can do for her health is to “nurture her relationships with her girlfriends.” Apparently, we connect with one another differently than men. We provide support systems that help one another cope with stress and difficult life experiences. When we physically spend time with our girlfriends, we create more serotonin. (This means a phone call will not suffice.) According to Wikipedia, serotonin is a brain chemical that promotes feelings of well-being and happiness. Needless to say, it’s easy to write off “girl time” since it seems like such a leisurely activity. But if you ask the professor at Stanford, he would argue that the “failure to create and maintain quality personal relationships with others is as dangerous to our physical health as smoking!” Yikes.
So pass this post along to your gal pals and pencil your next Take Out Tuesday into your planner… And when you guys finally get together, remember to cheers to good friendships and good health!
Do you and your girlfriends do something similar to my Take Out Tuesday? Tell me about it in the comments below.
P.S. This is one of my New Year’s resolutions! I’m really trying to follow through!
P.P.S. Happy Fat Tuesday too!