Do you always put off time with friends because of work, school, family or other commitments? While it seems like it may be helping your to-do list, it’s probably not doing any favors for your health or well being.
Research shows that you may actually be doing harm to your health by not spending time with friends. While this applies to everyone, it is particularly true if you are a woman.
It turns out that time with friends helps women to heal faster and live healthier, both emotionally and physically.
Is it time to call a few friends and have a night out? It’s not just for fun. Science says it’s necessary!
The Science Behind Why We Need Time with Friends
Research has found that, because of hormones such as oxytocin, woman respond differently to stress than men do:
“Females create, maintain, and utilize social groups, especially relations with other females, to manage stressful conditions.”
Other researchers worded it a little differently:
“The dynamics of women’s befriending suggest an evolutionary elaboration of the mechanisms that support reciprocal altruism.”
Wait, what did that last thing just say?
It means that instead of running from stress, we use our relationships with friends as a way to manage everything that life throws at us, and in turn they come to us when they need emotional support as well.
It makes sense. Who do you talk to about something that’s irritating you or even if your day has just gone incredibly badly? It’s almost always a friend. We’re healthy for each other!
Having friends even helps to lower our blood pressure. It’s good to have someone you can vent to, in more ways than one. Now, that’s a doctor-approved reason to spend the day with a friend or group of friends.