Friendship and female companionship are key components for good mental health and feeling positive about life. These are not your Facebook friends, these are your girlfriends who you actually talk to and actually go out with to do fun things. This is the best screen free activity in our #GirlUBeWell blog series!
Face to face chatting, dishing, laughing and catching up are the underpinnings of a “girl’s night out.” A GNO doesn’t need to be an alcohol fueled, dressed to the nines kind of outing. It can be a night at a ceramics class, a dance lesson, a movie, a coffee shop or a shared pint of ice cream on the couch.
Even if you have a boyfriend or partner, make time for your girlfriends. Put phones face down in the middle of the table and listen intently. You never know who needs an attentive ear or some friendly advice or commiserating and you never know when that day will come when you will need someone to lean on in a crisis or to listen during an emotional time.
Research shows that friends are an important part of healthy aging and staying social helps you stay positive. Start a book group or a knitting circle so you have to put dates on the calendar. Other ideas are birthday dinners, walking group or spa weekend…just get dates on the calendar to spend time with your girlfriends!