Think about what life would be like without your girlfriends. They add
so much happiness and support to everything you do. And you’d do
anything for them. So helping that special girlfriend stay healthy in
mind and body is an easy commitment to make. Here are few little tips
to help that ‘girlfriend’ time improve your life as well as
that of your BFF!
Eat healthy when you’re hanging out. We all know that a healthy diet
will keep us stronger longer! So when you’re out on the town or
just hanging out at the house, snack on fruit and vegetables, enjoy entrees
like grilled chicken with salad. You don’t have to eat pizza and
cake to enjoy yourself. When you’re with a girlfriend, everything
will taste better anyway!
Of course it’s fun to hang out and watch a good movie, but it’s
even better for you to spend time revving up your motor. It’s exhilarating
and gets those good feeling endorphins stoked. Take a walk on the beach
and talk about old times. Get a whole gang together and go salsa dancing
and if you don’t know how, take a class together. And if you haven’t
tried Zumba, go take a first class with a really good friend. Not only
will you be moving, but odds are you’ll laugh your head off, which
is exercise in and of itself. There are all kinds of ways to be active
and have fun with girlfriends.
Helping your girlfriends through hard times is a no-brainer. It’s
the foundation of ‘what friends are for.’ Sometimes girlfriends
just need someone to quietly listen, and sometimes they need a friend
who can offer sound advice. Sometimes friends are suffering with an illness,
depression, or life changing event that can spin them out of control.
That’s when seeking professional advice on what you can best do
to help is a good idea. And if treatment is in order, help them get what
Don’t let alcohol, tobacco, or drugs come between you. This can be
tricky, but if you truly love your friend and you see behavior that is
ruining their lives and can potentially kill them, love them enough to
suggest they get help. And if it’s really out of control, talk to
a professional about steps that can be taken to bring the help to them.
You don’t need to act like judge and jury, but you can let them
know you are concerned because you care and be persistent about them working
on dangerous behaviors.
Finally, be a good role model. If you take care of yourself, it’s
likely to rub off on your friend. Get your annual exams. Schedule your
mammogram and suggest she go with you and get hers at the same time. Model
how to deal with stress in a healthy way (like joining that Zumba class)
and always let her know that she’s important to you.
And if your friend needs help with finding a doctor to meet her needs,
help her! Call our free health information line at 850-864-0213 and we
can match the right doctor or service with her unique needs.