A new study has found that women should go out with their friends twice a week to improve their health.

A study conducted by the University of Oxford has found that women who give themselves the freedom to go out with their friends twice a week are happier and healthier than those that don’t. Despite this, the study also pointed out that women are more likely to feel guilty for taking time out to spend with their friends and only 2 in 5 women are actually able to make time for socialising each week.

A Significant Improvement

The study said that women who met up with four friends twice a week had the most significant change in their health and wellbeing. Robin Dunbar, the psychologist who lead the study, said that activities such as drinking, gossiping and complaining (who doesn’t love a good moan?) reduced anxiety levels, maintained a stronger immune system and increased generosity, which all made women feel better within themselves. The study acknowledged that despite the obvious health benefits of  to socialising with your friends, for women with families and other responsibilities, it can be difficult to make the time for quality interactions. We’re pretty sure we didn’t need a study to tell us that!

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Making Connections

The importance of friendship for women in particular was a central focus for the study. It found that spending time with friends increases serotonin and oxytocin, the bonding hormone, creating lasting connections that become increasingly important as we age. As our lives become busier, and we attempt to juggle more and more responsibilities, this study serves as a timely reminder of the need to invest in our friendships and make them a priority whenever we can.

Do you make time to meet with your friends weekly? Let us know in the comments!

 

 


  • That can be easier said than done. Not every Mum has somebody availabe to mind their child/children for that to happen on a regular basis. I met 2 young Mums that meet once a week for coffee and take their babies with them as both are breastfed. One of them the Dad does shift work so he has a quite time for uninterrupted sleep. It isn’t as easy to sleep during the day anyway. Noisy traffic doesn’t help. They now have a sign to put on the front door. “sleeping please do not ring doorbell” It is used used while he or the baby is sleeping

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  • I don’t have any friends so scratch this. I don’t think I would want to go out this often anyway. Most people I know are big drinkers so I would probably end up the same, naming me sicker not healthier

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  • I would settle for once a month! Its so hard to make mum friends when you just moved to a new area so I would be going out by myself! Lol

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  • I totally agree with this, but am afraid at this stage of life I’m just not able to meet a friend twice a week.

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  • I agree. Even once a fortnight would be so incredible for me

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  • It would be so nice to go out with friends once a week! I see my friends maybe once every couple of months for a breakfast date. But we do text all most every day

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  • I’m sure it helps a lot in taking care of yourself.
    I don’t do that. I must admit I don’t have real close friends who live closeby.

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