Spa with Friends

Photo courtesy of Rockliffe Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa, Co Durham

Put away your mobile phone and confiscate that laptop. Enforce your own facebook/twitter/instagram/linkedin/myspace amnesty and take the opportunity to spend some real quality ‘facetime’ with your friends or family .

We are social creatures, but are living in an increasingly anti-social and virtual world.

We know that socialising is fun, but what many people don’t realise is that spending time around other people can also play a role in your health.

Having a solid social network has been shown to have an impact both physically and mentally, and it is often lauded as the key to a long and healthy life. 

The following are all great reasons for us to socialise. What better way to do so than in the relaxing surroundings of spa or having spa treatments together.

1. You’re Less Likely To Catch A Cold

Highly social people are less likely to catch a cold, according to a study from the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology. Their research found that extroverts have the highest level of immune-system functioning.


 2. You’ll Fight Off Depression

Sometimes when you’re feeling down, the last thing you want to do is to go out and socialize, but research from the journal Mind, Mood & Memory shows that connecting with others helps improve your mood and fight off depression.

And when it comes to socialising, face-to-face interactions have more of an impact than emails or phone calls when it comes to mental wellbeing.

3. You Get Better Sleep

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 Having trouble sleeping at night? Your loneliness may be to blame. Research from the University of Chicago found that people who are more socially isolated experience more night-time restlessness and disruptions, even if they aren’t aware of their feelings of loneliness. The more fulfilling connections people had with others, the better they slept.

4. You’re More Productive


 Here’s a reason to go to lunch with your coworkers or to meet a friend for coffee during your break: A study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that workers were more happy and productive when they went on breaks at the same time.

5. Your Brain Stays Sharper

Active socialising delays memory loss as we age, according to research from The American Journal of Public Health. Strong social ties can preserve our brain health, as social interaction can help keep us mentally engaged.

6. You’ll Live Longer

If you’re looking to live a long and healthy life, start surrounding yourself with good friends. A study from Bringham Young University found that people with social relationships live 50 percent longer than people who are more socially isolated.

Friends can not only help you deal with stress and act as a buffer to its effects, but they can also encourage you to take better care of yourself

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