As close as we may be to our significant others, sometimes we all just need some time away with the girls. Maybe you have a group of friends you've known since elementary school, or have built a strong camaraderie with women from college or a previous job. Either way, there is something truly cathartic about grabbing a few drinks with the gals and just talking about what's going on in your life. And believe it or not, there may actually be a science to the strength you draw from these encounters.
A team of researchers specifically focused on the importance of girls-only getaways, publishing an article based on "a study […] featuring 79 women of different race, social class, nationality and marital and familial status. They were interviewed about their experiences of an all-female holiday and the information was categorized into themes such as bonding, escape, personal growth and adventure," a press release from Taylor & Francis states.
The article details the formative role that such trips can play in helping women better understand themselves throughout adolescence, early adulthood, middle adulthood and late adulthood. Over the course of a lifetime, the researchers noted that women sought out these excursions to recover from loss, re-estabilish their independence or simply find a receptive outlet to share in their joy (and even dish about their latest experiences with sexual lubricants). All of these avenues of connection, based on the replies of survey participants, were seen to contribute to overall happiness and well-being.
Personal connection is an essential part of life, and should be a priority no matter how hectic your schedule may be. Whether you regularly go on a tropical vacation with your dearest gal pals, or maintain constant contact throughout the day as you text back and forth about bosses, movies, sex aids and more, make sure you find the time to reconnect with your closest friends and ultimately yourself.