How Girlfriend Getaways Nurture Good Health
There’s nothing more therapeutic than spending quality time with your girlfriends. They get you, they support you when you need that shoulder to lean on, and when life gets tough and you need a boost, your girlfriends have your back. And what makes cultivating friendships even more significant is the fact that social connections have proven long-term health benefits: Studies show we live longer and healthier with strong, satisfying relationships.
So we can’t emphasize this enough: Carving out time to hang with your BFFs is so important. And one of the best ways to do so? Book a girlfriend getaway for your group. It’s for your health, after all.
Here are just a few reasons why you should book a trip together:
- Reduces stress. Travel has the ability to reduce stress and improve mood. A solid friendship does the same thing. Combine the two by way of a girlfriend getaway, and it’s a win-win.
- Creates a healthier lifestyle. Friends want the best for you and that includes your health and wellbeing. Good girlfriends motivate you to avoid or alter poor lifestyle habits (eating junk, lack of exercise or drinking excessively come to mind) and take better care of yourself. A girlfriend getaway with your favorite group of gals can be an excellent kick start to foster a healthier lifestyle—try a wellness destination that focuses on nutritious dining, fitness and mindfulness options. (Here’s an extensive list.)
- Pushes you out of your comfort zone. Traveling with someone(s) means you’re not always going to get your way in terms of what you want to do during a trip (ah, the art of compromise). But put a positive spin on it—traveling with a partner motivates you to branch out and try new things, whether it’s a dish at dinner or a bold excursion or a unique spa treatment separate from your typical Swedish massage. Nothing strengthens a friendship more than experiencing a new adventure or new surroundings side by side.
- Allows a chance to reconnect. Life gets in the way. Schedules are busy and before you know it, a month has passed since you’ve seen your best girlfriends. Make yourself available and pencil in that vacation to reconnect and strengthen your friendships.
Featured image: Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancún