Ever wonder why we crave girls night? I mean really crave it, like we need to get together with our sisters asap! I have had many a night of a group Skype video chat with my girls because we weren't in the same physical place together. I recently had an incredible week full of loving connection time with a few of my closest sisters in my life, and it really is the best stress relief that exists.
I just read this while doing a little recon for this post: "Scientists now suspect that the most effective stress relief for women is to hang out with other women." --- Um can I get a heck yeah??!!!
Those cravings and beautiful connections with our sisters are actually allowing our bodies to create more oxytocin and other brain chemicals, to the point where we are physically driven to connect with other women. I'm sure you can remember back to those moments where everything felt better after tea time with your bestie or girls night out, or a moon gathering with women. Because our brain is actually making us really feel better!
I was just thinking about how much I laugh when I'm with my sisters. Pretty much no matter what is happening, there is laughter being had. Laughter is another activity that can reduce stress hormones and help our brains create extra happy chemicals. Just think how healthy our brains and hearts are when we are getting together with our sisters and laughing on top of it!
There is one specific study that was done out of UCLA years ago that shared how people with more friends and activities with friends decreased their risk of death by 60% over a span of 9 years.
I love this quote (found from this website here):
Scientists now suspect that hanging out with our friends can actually counteract the kind of stomach-quivering stress most of us experience on a daily basis. A landmark UCLA study suggests that women respond to stress with a cascade of brain chemicals that cause us to make and maintain friendships with other women. It's a stunning find that has turned five decades of stress research---most of it on men---upside down. Until this study was published, scientists generally believed that when people experience stress, they trigger a hormonal cascade that revs the body to either stand and fight or flee as fast as possible, explains Laura Cousin Klein, Ph.D., now an Assistant Professor of Biobehavioral Health at Penn State University and one of the study's authors. It's an ancient survival mechanism left over from the time we were chased across the planet by saber-toothed tigers.
I copied this from the Fierce Fabulous Free Facebook page a while back, had to save it:
When you finally have Sisterhood in your life, it's like...
Drinking clean water when you're parched. Traveling to a place you've always wanted to see. Being told "I love you" by someone you've being yearning to hear that from. The feeling you have after eating something delicious *and* healthy. Playing freely as a child. A tender touch that makes you realize you've been missing touch. A hug that you relax into.
Sisterhood isn't cute. It isn't "fun". It's medicine. Drink it in. Let it heal you.
I would love to hear from you below. How have your sisters inspired you? Do you feel uplifted and happier from gathering together with the women in your life?