Feeling stressed? Talk to your girlfriends
A new study published in the journal Hormones and Behavior shows that in addition to being lots of fun, a chat-fest can increase levels of your progesterone. (This stress-reducing ?hormone helps to regulate your period; is linked to fertility and bone, thyroid and skin health; boosts the immune system; and maintains your sex drive, too.)
Researchers grouped women into pairs and gave them tasks that either limited or encouraged their interaction. When women were able to chat and reveal details about themselves, they experienced increased levels of progesterone in their saliva.
“There’s something tangible about relationships we form with others,” says lead researcher Stephanie Brown, a social psychologist at the University of Michigan. “It may be important to prioritize our female friendships more than we do.”