It’s Women’s International Friendship Month!
It’s been years since I’ve been in college. “The glory days,” some may call them. I had fun during those years and I learned a lot about life while obtaining an education. I made a lot of friends along the way, too. Life long friends, if you will. Including a friend who I had the honor of nurturing our friendship experience using delaying tactics for her surprise birthday party. I also opened up a new world to her, got her out of her comfortable box, and introduced her to her first spa experience. Those of you who enjoy the spa experience know what I mean, sharing relaxing, luxury, laughter, and aahh time. This is what I shared with my friend Deb on that fateful surprise birthday day. It was like a daytime slumber party!
Stereotypes displayed in media are often of women friends that are always in competition, catty, and aren’t supportive. Clearly this misrepresents women’s relationships with each other. They show women at their worst. Maybe the reality isn’t as interesting. Women’s friendships, are a special experience. We provide comfort and support instead of competition and acrimony, especially through stressful times. During stressful times women react differently than men. In 2002, a UCLA study revealed that women release Oxytocin in addition to the usual stress hormone, Adrenalin. This additional hormone encourages “the tending to children and each other.” What an “aha” moment!
Friendships help women:
- Enhance their quality of life
- Encourage positivity
- Decrease their daily and chronic stress
- Help to cope with loss
Women make great friends; I am living proof of that. My friends have supported me through the thick and thin of divorce, breast cancer, career changes, and a now a wonderful marriage.
If you are feeling isolated as happens these days of busyness it’s easy to reconnect with your friends, text, email, or better yet pick up the phone and talk with your friends.
If you need extra help with making connections pick up the phone and dial 925-806-0316 and ask for Coach Sue