It can be hard to live well in this stressful modern world, but it’s easier to do so with the support of others. That’s why you and your loved ones should work together to improve your lifestyles on an individual basis and as a collective. If you want to start thinking about your health as a family then the advice in this article might just give you the help you need.
Start eating well as a family.
The first way of thinking about your health as a family that we’re going to discuss is your diet. If everyone in your household has different eating schedules and diets then it might be very easy for each of you to let your health standards slip. However, if you start eating together then you can all start eating well as a family. See it as an opportunity to make more homecooked meals. Creating dishes with organic ingredients is much better than each of you snacking on processed foods throughout the day because they’re easier and quicker to consume. Instead, opt for whole foods. If you’re in a rush and need something that’s ready to eat then grab a banana, an apple, or some other kind of fruit. If you want to add nutritional value to your dinners without packing in empty calories then opt for green vegetables; they contain protein, iron, calcium, and so much more. Superfoods such as cucumbers could be great additions to sandwiches for the family too. Make it your goal to improve the diet of everyone in your household. Work together. Eating well can improve your physical health and your mental health.
Have a set household bedtime.
One of the most important elements of a healthy lifestyle is a consistent sleeping pattern. Yet, so few people in the modern world find the time to sleep properly. Many of us make excuses as to why we’re “too busy” for a good night’s rest. However, that idea is preposterous. Imagine being too busy to look after yourself? Ironically, a lack of sleep will make you sluggish and unproductive, so it’ll take you even longer to get through your tasks for each busy day. And catching up on sleep at the weekend isn’t a remedy because low energy levels aren’t the only negative consequence. Sleep deprivation can slow muscle repair and your metabolism. Even with a healthy diet and a strict workout routine, you might struggle to gain muscle mass or lose weight if you’re not sleeping well.
Nonetheless, this could all be solved with a set household bedtime. And we’re not just talking about a bedtime for the kids. No, no, no. We’re talking about a bedtime for the adults too. If you need encouragement then see it as a way to set a good example for your children. Be a role model. If they see a grown adult going to bed early then they’ll do the same. It’ll set the precedent for the rest of their lives. After all, it comes down to setting habits. Of course, if you struggle to get 8 hours of sleep every night because your mind always feels overactive then you might want to try reducing mental stimulants before bed. In particular, avoid exposure to blue light in the evening. It can impact your circadian rhythm by tricking your body into believing it’s still daytime. You need to let your body unwind and relax at bedtime. That’s how you’ll start to fall asleep more easily.
Create a happy household.
Another important way to keep your family healthy is to create a happy household. Gather in the living room once a week to sit and talk. Discuss funny tales from the week, open up about problems you’re having, and play games. This bonding time will help you all to connect and remain emotionally healthy. Don’t underestimate the importance of that. But this applies to your extended family too. It’s unlikely that you and your relatives all live under one roof, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do to ensure your loved ones have a good quality of life.
Make sure you visit your parents and other elderly family members on a regular basis to ensure that they’re happy and comfortable at home. If you notice a decline in the physical or mental wellbeing of your relatives then you should look into available options for them. If a doctor has noticed signs that your loved one is starting to suffer from dementia then you might want to look into professional care. Sometimes, the happiest home life a family member can enjoy is one that simply gives them the support they need.
Think about your mental health.
We started to talk about this in the previous point. Gathering as a family to discuss how you’re feeling is a great way to ensure that everyone is doing well. By providing that support network, struggles can be overcome as a unit. It’s important that you take mental health seriously. Of course, professional therapy sessions can be very helpful too. Many of us don’t like burdening our loved ones with our worries, but you could have a family member sitting in the waiting room whilst you talk to a therapist about your troubles. The same goes for any other family member who might be struggling. Support one another.
We’ve talked a lot about working together as a family to improve your wellbeing. However, if you really want to think about the health of your family and take it more seriously then you also need to respect each other’s space. We talked about mental health in the previous point. Family meetings and appointments with therapists will give each of you the opportunity to vent, but you might not always want to talk. Sometimes, the best solution to a stressful day or an unexpected bout of anxiety is a long soak in the bath. Maybe it’s a quick game of Fortnite for your kids. Maybe it’s the opportunity to catch up on a Netflix show for your partner. The point is that everybody unwinds in different ways, and that alone time is important. If you really want to think about your health as a family then you have to allow your loved ones to be individuals too. Respect space.