10 Things Every Woman Needs For A Well-Balanced Life

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10 Things Every Woman Needs For A Well-Balanced Life [EXPERT]
In honor of National Women's Health Week, find the balance your busy life demands.

May 13 through May 19 marks National Women's Health Week. And although today's woman has more information than ever about how to live a happy, healthy life, frankly, it can be a little overwhelming to try and keep track of it all. Naturally, too much information makes us feel confused, overwhelmed, and over-saturated.

In fact, it's easy for any woman to lose sight of her own authentic path and her most — what she requires to lead a satisfying and balanced life. In honor of National Woman's Health Month, here is a list of what every woman needs to live a happy and well-balanced life:

1. Sex. Research shows that having an active sex life reduces depression and anxiety. Additionally, having sex increases self-esteem, reduces stress, increases quality of sleep, and boosts one's overall immune system. Furthermore, when you reach orgasm, oxytocin (the bonding hormone) is released, and an amnesic effect takes over which can last for up to five hours. Not too shabby! Do I Have To Settle For Subpar Sex?

2. Sleep. Ah, sleep. Your entire well being (including your relationships) depends on it. In fact, the American Sleep Association says, "Many studies make it clear that sleep deprivation is dangerous. Sleep-deprived people who are tested by using a driving simulator or by performing a hand-eye coordination task perform as badly as or worse than those who are intoxicated." Need I say more?

3. Exercise. Here's the deal: exercise (i.e. elevating your heart rate and breaking a sweat) is Miracle Grow for the brain. Regular, aerobic exercise remodels our brains for peak performance by decreasing stress, lifting your mood, and sharpening your intellect. Overall, it simply helps you function better as a person.

4. Connective Relationships.  We are all social animals and we crave positive, connective relationships. A healthy relationship helps increase one's confidence and ability to grow as a resilient person. So, if you've finally entered a healthy, loving, stable relationship, that experience can shift the brain's old negative beliefs allowing for a tangible shift in your core self. He Wants To Have A Threesome & That's Just Not Happening

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Carin Goldstein MFT

Marriage and Family Therapist

Carin Goldstein, MFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Los Angeles as well as the witty writer of Be the Smart Wife where she writes about the trials and tribulations of how to naviagate through your marriage. Sign up for Be the Smart Wife bi-weekly posts and connect with Carin on facebook and twitter. If you live in the Los Angeles area and are interested in learning more about Carin's psychotherapy services, visit her website at caringoldstein.com.

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