Girl’s Night Out

Not everything you do for the benefit of your health and well being requires you to get sweaty, breathe heavy, or worry about whether or not you are hitting your target heart rate and how many calories you are burning in an hour.  Some of the best things you can do for your health – things that ultimately benefit your physical health as well as your mental and emotional health – are a lot more fun than throwing on your sweats and running on your treadmill.

Connecting with your female friends, and developing some close, intimate friendships if you don’t have any, is a critically important aspect of good health.  Girl’s night out doesn’t have to mean a late-night bar scene in a loud club, although it’s okay if it does.  Some of the best girl’s night out moments are actually no further away that whichever friend is hosting, with all of you sharing some good wine and great conversation.

When it comes to your health, it is the conversation and connection that make all the difference.  Studies have shown that women who have close girl friends and spend time with them live longer, live happier, survive more successfully during periods of stress and after the death of a loved one, and are physically healthier.  Why?  Because our girlfriends provide us with a healthy dose of self-esteem.  They love us for who we are, no matter who that is; they pick us up when we’re down; they are our cheerleaders when we need them and our confidantes.

Women often think once they’re married and raising a family that their only priority is taking care of house, husband, and children.  You will be a better wife and mother, though, if you still take time for you.  Maintain your friendships, leave the kids with your husband once in a while, and get out (or in) for a girls night out.  Your husband will appreciate you more because he’ll realize how much he misses you.  He’ll also appreciate the relaxed, happy mood you are in when you return.

It is ok for your kids to miss you and learn to appreciate you too.  It’s also good for your kids to bond with dad.  If you’re a single parent, hire a sitter or send the kids to grandma’s house for the night – but don’t let excuses stand in the way of regularly occurring girl’s nights out.