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Relax: Quality Time With Yourself and Your Peers

We often spend so much time around other people that we forget to make time to spend with ourselves. Don’t get us wrong, spending time with others is important. However, you can’t knock the healing power of alone time to reflect and recharge. Another empowering experience involves spending time with same-sex friends. For women, enjoying time with other women can be powerful. A study done by UCLA found that “those who have a good support network and spend time with same-sex friends experienced an increase in the release of oxytocin, a stress-relieving hormone that can increase life expectancy, as well as help us to relax.” Sarah Gane, author for Wellness Journal magazine says that “connecting, sharing experiences, and simply enjoying conversations can be incredibly empowering.” Continue reading to learn more about the inspiring nature of alone time with good friends.

Full Circle

We become refreshed, Gane says, when we spend time with friends of the same sex. “Each time we do so, our cup is refilled. Then when we go back to our partners, our families, our jobs, and our lives, we are full and soul-satisfied rather than starved. We have more to give to those we love.” Gane goes on to explain that gatherings of like-minded souls can be found in many places and partaking in these experiences is important to ensure you feel revitalized at the end of a long week. As women, we need to spend time with other women to feed our souls. Don’t be ashamed if you find yourself craving a break from your daily life to spend time with a friend once in a while. You deserve it!

Make the Break

Making the effort to break from your normal routine is important when spending time with friends. You should take a few hours and put your phone away. Truly disconnect from the outside world. “Treat your time together as an opportunity to properly connect, whether it’s over a cup of coffee or a walk,” says Gane. Finding times like these don’t have to break your wallet or your schedule. Creating space to feel supported by your friends can be simple, so long as you choose to make it a priority.

Villa Tranquil Recovery is a safe space for women to connect and build their sober support network. Our dedicated staff will support you every step of the way, as you build your foundation and navigate the beginning stages of your recovery. Call us today at 866-697-7573 for more information on how we can help.