Following a healthy lifestyle is often easier said than done. After all, there is temptation everywhere – from fast-food restaurants to hitting that snooze alarm in the morning. However, these challenges become even more difficult when you’re trying to take care of your children’s health and your own.
While we should allow ourselves some indulgences from time to time, there are plenty of ways in which you can begin to develop healthier habits as a family.
Here are some top tips to get you started!
- Experiment in the kitchen. One of the biggest misconceptions is the idea that healthy eating = boring. There are plenty of delicious recipes you can make that include healthy ingredients and will please even the fussiest eaters. For example, you could try out the family favorite slow cooker pot roast.
- Talk openly about how you feel. Taking care of your health means taking care of both the physical and mental aspects of your wellbeing. Thankfully, one way you can go about demystifying and tackling stress and anxiety includes talking openly about how you are feeling. Children emulate their parents’ behaviours, so being open and honest yourself will encourage them to be more forthcoming when it comes to discussing difficult emotions and asking for help.
- Start working out together. Regular exercise is not only a great way to get fit, but it also supports your mental wellbeing. As a result, you should strive to ensure the entire family stays as active as possible. One way you can achieve this goal is by finding a fun workout activity you can all do together. For example, you could go for a hike or a long walk in nature.
- Focus on getting enough rest. Getting enough sleep is essential. The quality of sleep you receive impacts your mood and outlook, but it also has a significant impact on your health. Ensure that each member of your family has a nighttime routine and goes to bed around the same time each night. This will subconsciously trick their brains into feeling tired around this time, making it easier to drift off. When your children are younger, you should naturally be stricter regarding their bedtime and take steps to ensure they drift off quickly. For example, you could read them a story or make sure they stay away from tech for an hour or so before sleeping.
Find fun ways to boost your mood. A healthy lifestyle doesn’t just mean eating your five a day; it also means being able to manage your stress and anxiety levels. As a result, you should also strive to incorporate plenty of mood-boosting activities into your schedule. For example, this is one of the many benefits of having a hobby, as they allow you to channel negative feelings and emotions into something infinitely more positive. You could also begin to practice meditation with your children. By introducing them to meditation and mindfulness at an early age, you will also be teaching them useful ways to regulate their emotions and find peace and calm in their daily lives.
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*This is a collaborative article