Why friends are so important
I'll be there for you
I don’t think many people will argue with me when I say 'Whoever has a friend, has a treasure', and especially not since Coronavirus came on the scene. Your best friends will look out for you, offer you a shoulder to cry on, and laugh at your jokes (sometimes). And whether you realise it or not, it’s friends that have helped make you the person you are today. Even some of the ones that you are not friends with any more will have influenced the way you have turned out. Hopefully in lots of good ways.
Good for your health
If you're like me then life events have probably moved you around a lot, like going to college, getting married, or going to live abroad. So it's normal for our group of friends to change a lot. But whether you have old or new friends, did you know that they are also good for your health? It's true. I have looked it up and apparently, having a close circle of friends can reduce the risk of health problems, such as diabetes, heart attack, and stroke. And during lockdown, you’re less lonely when you have friends, so they’re good for your mental health too.
Help reduce stress
We all go through stressful events at some point in our lives. But if you have got special friends that you can count on, then they will make tough times feel a lot less stressful. And spending time with them can also help to reduce stress. Don't get me wrong, I love and miss my family too - very, very much. But I can have different conversations with friends, and I do stuff with them that I probably wouldn't do with my family. They're all good mates that I can trust, and I know they'll always be there for me. (Has anyone else started to hum the Friends theme tune yet?)
Give them a call
Even if you haven't spoken to your best mate in a while, when you do it's like you only saw them yesterday. There's none of the 'You remembered my number then?' with your bestie. We are straight into a long, lengthy gossip, interspersed with raucous laughter when something reminds us of a crazy night out, or weekends away. I can definitely recommend calling a friend if you are feeling a bit down.
Maybe it's because the sun is out this morning and it has put me in a positive mood, but I am planning in my head where we will go, and what we'll be doing in a few months time. Call me 'Mystic Meg', but I see lots of hugs, laughter and even a few tears. And I cannot wait for this blooming lockdown to be lifted so we can all get together again - friends and family. It's just not the same doing all this video calling, because I'm constantly worried that I'm going to drop my mobile in the hot tub!
So go on, phone a friend this weekend. You might not win a million, but I bet you'll feel richer.
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