Wellness Pathway Lower Stress with “Friend” Time

Provocative stress research from UCLA rejects the old “fight or flight” response when it comes to women. Instead, their study suggests that the female reaction to stress is more accurately labeled, “tend and befriend.” Laura Cousin Klein, Ph.D, one of the study’s authors, says the hormone oxytocin released in women during stress, encourages tending to children and gathering with other women. Engaging in these activities then produces a calming effect.

Study after study has found that social associations reduce our risk of disease by lowering blood pressure, heart rate, and cholesterol. Women, give in to your natural response when faced with stress and let your friends melt away the tension. Men can draw on this wisdom as well. 

May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.

Kate Kriynovich (Kate@LifeTrekCoaching.com)
LifeTrek Coaching International
Columbus, OH

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