Why Every Woman Needs Their Unit of Girlfriends
With more than half a year in, 2018 is no doubt the year of women. With the #MeToo movement, Ocean’s 8 cast full of strong independent women, and Frances McDormand’s call for an Inclusion Rider, 2018 is the year of women empowerment. With public women figures showcasing women empowerment at its best, it’s important now more than ever that you surround yourself with your own strong, supportive gal pals. It comes as no surprise that there are multiple benefits to having a good group of girlfriends. Not only do you have people to help you finish that bottle of wine (like you needed help in the first place!) but you will also have support in both the good times and bad. Whether your supportive unit is a group of friends that you met in college or some friends that you made in a workout class, here are the greatest reasons why friendships are important for you, both physically and mentally.
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A Strong Support System is Healthy
There have been multiple studies that have shown that having friends is good for you in terms of not only helping you fill up your social calendar, but also with your health.
Help you Live Longer: Health website, Live Science, reported that people who have friends and maintain strong social connections are likely to live longer lives. Not only that, but the effect is 2x stronger than exercising, and equal to quitting smoking.
Help you be Healthier: An article from The Washington Post shows us that having true friends gives women a feeling of purpose, and therefore, more of a reason to take care of themselves. This is often shown with healthier eating, exercising regularly, and avoiding unhealthy lifestyle choices such as smoking and/or drinking.
Friends Help Push You
The Beatles didn’t just sing, “I get by with a little help from my friends” for no reason. It’s because every woman needs a sense of community to help her in one way or another. True & Co. a female founded company, fully believes in the value of a community of women. So much so, they’ve created their comfortable bras with the feedback they’ve received from their customers. Queen and badass of all things, Rihanna, has also made community her main mission with her makeup line Fenty beauty. With her makeup products specifically designed for inclusivity, she has made it her duty to have products for women of ALL color. About time, am I right?! Not only do friends help shape the decisions we make but they can also help us stay motivated and empowered. It’s imperative that you find a group of friends who can help you be the best version of yourself. Whether it’s with making the right decisions or helping you come out of your shell, a true group of girlfriends will make a true you.
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Having Friends is Good for You Mentally
If you’re ever having a hard time in your life, it’s so important that you have girlfriends to rely on for venting and emotional support. A close group of friends aren’t just there for the good times but also for the hard times. Having somewhere to vent is always a relief and often, friends can be beneficial in offering you valuable advice. If you’re curious in the other ways friends can help us mentally, here is a really helpful and informative article.
How do your girlfriends help support you?