They see us at our best. They see us at our worst. “They” are our girlfriends, and at times a lot of women must certainly wonder where they would be without their gal pals. In fact, medical studies show that the bond between women is critical to emotional and physical health.1 So, what better way to become rejuvenated than to take a vacation with some of your closest friends? Not sure if a girl’s getaway would benefit you? Read on to learn how a getaway with your girlfriends can be good for the mind, body and spirit.
- Guilt be gone: Let’s face it, as women we can feel guilty from time to time – whether it be because of not spending enough time with kids, a significant other, our friends or even our dog. Give yourself permission to let go of the guilt while you are away with your friends. Focusing on yourself and the joy of camaraderie increases your sense of fulfillment, confidence and resiliency.1 When you get back from a trip where you “let it all go,” chances are you’ll up your energy to be a better wife, mom and friend.
- Good for your health: A girlfriend’s getaway goes far deeper than finding meaning in life. The feeling of being supported by friends results in a stronger immune system and even a lower blood pressure reading.2 What better reason to get planning and packing?
- Anxiety Relief: Sometimes the cares in everyday life can take a toll on the mind and spirit. But, when a woman gets away from a stressful atmosphere and takes time to relax and “talk it out” with friends, anxiety levels go down significantly.
- Hopes, dreams and accomplishments: Bonding with your gal-pals about your future plans may result in a far better chance that you will actually accomplish what you set out to do. Plus, the support you get from talking about your dreams could very well spur you on to tackle them head-on and even lead you to consider viewpoints other than your own that lead to success.
- Dad and older kids step up: When mom is away, the kids (and sometimes dad) will play! With mom on vacation, it forces dad and older children to step-up, to accomplish household tasks and other things that otherwise may only be done by mom. Allowing others to step-up to the plate gives them confidence and may even spur them to permanently take on certain tasks and help out the family. Plus, sometimes the absence of one parent will reinforce bonds between the kids and the parent left at home.