18 fun things To do with your girlfriends this summer
As the sun shines brighter and the days grow longer, there’s something truly magical about the summer season that beckons us to reconnect with our dear girlfriends.
Summer is the perfect opportunity to create unforgettable memories, strengthen our bonds, and embark on exciting journeys together. So, let’s gather our gal pals, dust off our flip-flops, and immerse ourselves in the joy of reconnecting during this blissful season of friendship and fun!
Research Shows Women Need Female Connections
“Research shows that women, need to maintain friendship connections. It increases serotonin and oxytocin, the bonding hormone,” says Alisa Ruby Bash, PsyD, LMFT.
This hormonal surge can compel women to “tend and befriend,” a.k.a., to protect their kids (if they have them), but also to connect with other women.
Need more scientific research that shows why women need female friendships. See the 5 scientific reasons here. Bottom line, women are happier when they are connected with gal pals.
18 FUN IDEAS TO DO WITH YOUR FRIENDS THIS SUMMER
Let’s Enjoy This Summer With Our Girlfriends. Here Are Some Ideas:
1. Beach Day Bliss
Pack your beach bags with sunscreen, towels, and beach games for a fabulous day by the shore. Bask in the sun, take refreshing dips in the ocean, build sandcastles, play beach volleyball, or simply relax and chat while enjoying the calming sound of the waves.
2. Wine Tasting
Get out and go wine tasting. Sit outside and enjoy sipping on a good bottle of Rose or other refreshing chilled glass of wine. Organize a wine tasting event at home where each person brings a bottle of their favorite wine to share. Alternatively, you can have a cocktail-making night and experiment with different recipes, mixing and shaking up delicious concoctions.
3. Plan A Pickleball Party
Invite some long-lost friends to a simple game of pickleball. Learn more about pickleball here.
Fun, social and friendly. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. It was invented on Bainbridge Island WA! So cool!
4. Plan A Girl’s Getaway
There is no better way to reconnect with friends than going on a girls trip. I know what you’re thinking—impossible, right? Wrong! Make it a road trip on hop on a plane for a weekend away.
5. Paddle Boarding
Get out on the water and go paddle boarding. I guarantee you lots of giggles and belly laughs.
6. Berry Picking
It’s berry picking season, go out and pick some berries and then bake a pie or make a nice daiquiri to enjoy together.
7. Go Shopping
Plan an afternoon of window shopping, boutique, or vintage shopping. You know the kind of day you lose track of time and stop for a glass of wine along the way. Thrifting together is always fun too!
8. Coffee Date
Step away from the office and schedule a midday coffee date with a friend—it’ll put a perk in your step throughout the day. There’s nothing better than catching up with old friends!
9. Go For A Hike
Lace up your sneakers and embark on a scenic hike or nature walk together. Choose a picturesque trail or a nearby park where you can immerse yourselves in the beauty of nature, breathe in the fresh air, and enjoy the serenity of the outdoors while catching up on each other’s lives.Plan a long hike and bring a picnic. It will be a fun adventure.
10. Spa Day
Pamper yourselves with a relaxing spa day at home or at a local spa. If you plan an event at home then create a serene ambiance with scented candles, soothing music, and luxurious face masks. Take turns giving each other massages, painting nails, and indulging in self-care activities. It’s the perfect opportunity to unwind, rejuvenate, and bond with your girlfriends.
11. Picnic in the Park
Gather your favorite snacks, sandwiches, and refreshing drinks for a delightful picnic in the park. Find a cozy spot under the shade of a tree, bring a frisbee or a football, and enjoy a leisurely afternoon filled with laughter, delicious food, and heartwarming conversations.
12. Outdoor Movie Night
Set up a cozy outdoor movie screening in your backyard or a local park. Bring blankets, cushions, and some classic chick flicks or your favorite films. Snuggle up with popcorn, blankets, and fairy lights to create a magical atmosphere while enjoying a movie marathon under the stars.
11. Foodie Adventures
Explore local eateries, cafes, or food trucks in your area. Plan a foodie tour and try different cuisines or dishes that you’ve always wanted to experience.
Be open to new flavors and culinary adventures, and let your taste buds embark on a delightful journey together.The beach, some wine and snacks and time with friends is never a bad idea.
12. Host A Brunch
Breakfast club with your buddies!throw a memorable and enjoyable brunch that will leave your guests impressed and longing for more.
Create an inviting and stylish atmosphere by setting the table with beautiful tableware, fresh flowers, and elegant decor. Play some soft background music to set the mood.
Prepare refreshing and creative drinks like mimosas, bellinis, or a signature brunch cocktail. Offer non-alcoholic options such as fresh juices, infused water, or mocktails for those who prefer them.
Once everything is ready, relax, and enjoy the brunch with your guests. Take the time to connect, laugh, and have meaningful conversations. Remember, the most important aspect of a brunch is the joy of spending quality time with friends.
14. Garden Tour
If you appreciate a lovely garden, look for a garden tour near you and grab your “soil sister” to go with you.
15. Festivals or Concerts
Now that concerts are being scheduled again, go and and enjoy an outdoor.
16. Game of Golf
My favorite! Grab a golf gal and go play 9 or 18. I love playing golf with my friends. Always fun to chat, get some exercise and enjoy a cold one when we are finished.
17. Explore Local Markets
Visit local farmers’ markets, flea markets, or artisan fairs in your area. Discover unique handmade crafts, sample delicious local produce, and support local vendors. It’s a great opportunity to find hidden gems and enjoy a day of browsing and shopping together.
I went kayaking with a bunch of my girlfriends at Lake Tahoe and it was so much fun!
The Importance Of Physical Connections
Physical human touch can directly affect health in many ways. A study conducted by the Journals of Gerontology concluded that “more frequent physical touch is significantly related to a lower likelihood of subsequent elevated inflammation and illness.”
Humans communicate through a physical touch more intuitively than we realize. It’s not surprising that physical contact is a basic human need with emotional, mental, and physical benefits. From the moment babies are born, they cling to their mama’s to suckle and rest.
Human connection is the form of touch that bonds at the heart of our familial, social structure and is a vital tool of survival.
After one plus year of chaotic isolation and separation, the Harris Poll uncovered that 75% of Americans miss seeing friends and family, and 67% miss in-person celebrations, such as graduations or birthdays.
Of those polled, another 50% of people missed hugging friends and family, 50% miss having in-person conversations, and 42% feel a lack of connection with others.