As a mom, it’s safe to say that your family’s happiness is the most important thing to you, that and their health levels. So, of course, you’re going to want to make sure that you do what you can to keep everyone healthy and laughing at the same time. This can often be easier said than done, because we have to face picky eaters and lazy bones, a busy schedule and also be faced with not really knowing what to do for the best. That only has to be temporary.
You can certainly ensure that you all live healthier lives, just by making a few simple tweaks. And no, that doesn’t just mean that you all have to start jogging as a family and eating kale (although that may help if you want a big boost). We’re going to talk through everything from your physical health to a healthy home and provide you with tips on how yo make it happen.
First of all, we’re going to look at tackling your physical health, and the health of your family too. Because if you want to be happy, you need to ensure that everyone is healthy too.
When you’re all feeling great, it’s easy to just assume that you’re in good health. But that’s not always going to be the case. In fact, you may not know that you or your family members are sick unless you get regular checkups. This is especially the case when it comes to your children. So schedule in the checkups you need. You’ll find lists on kidshealth.org if you’re not sure on what checkups they need and when. Also be sure that you see your doctor and dentist at least once a year too.
When it comes to the food you all eat, you don’t necessarily have to go cold turkey, eat super clean all of the time and cut out dessert. That’s not usually the most efficient way to go about things. Instead, you should aim to be balanced. Cutting out doesn’t usually work. Instead, focusing on balanced, nutritious, homemade meals is what you need to do.
With children, you can’t always just assume that they’re as healthy and hygienic as they should be. At the same time, you can’t control this forever. But what you can do, is ensure that you instil some good hygiene habits in them where you can. While you may have good bathroom practices down, you should also ensure that they do the same with their nails, hands, and keep their teeth clean too.
You may not have time to all become avid triathlon competitors (nor may you actually want to), but you should commit to trying to move around a bit more as a minimum. You don’t have to do bootcamps or sunrise yoga to be healthy. You just have to stay active as a family. Go for hikes and bike rides, or just run around in the garden and you’ll be doing your bit. If you like to walk, consider a pair of nordic poles to improve the benefits of your walk.
Sometimes, you can enjoy great physical health levels and still not feel quite right. When that’s the case, you’re going to want to ensure you tackle your mental and emotional health too.
Stress can be so harsh on all of your levels of health. So you’re going to want to try and keep it away for as long as you can. If you do tend to suffer from a lot of stress, then these tips on skillsyouneed.com should really help you out. From avoiding things that worry you, to learning how to deal with anxiety, this will help you all to live healthier lives.
Taking Time Out
This is why it’s important for all of you to take some time out. When the world gets too much, you need to learn to step back. Listening to your body is the best way to do this. Whether you’re taking on too many chores at home or your kids are doing too many classes, timeout can help your mental state stay healthy.
If your family isn’t that great at communicating, then you’re likely to find that you may suffer with more stress, because family communication is important. Not only in your relationship with your husband, but also with your kids too. When you communicate effectively, you can often look to help with whatever it is that’s bothering them or upsetting them, and work through it together.
Enjoying Time Together
It’s the idea of spending time together that can really ensure that you all stay healthy. It’s so easy for your children to feel pushed aside, or unloved, even if that’s not the case. So you need to be able to make time for them, and your family as a whole. Plan in family movie nights or game night, just so you can spend some quality time together.
And what about your home? Let’s take a look at the ways that you can ensure your home is a healthy place to live, and that it facilitates your family’s happiness too.
Keeping Things Clean
As a mom, you’re probably all too aware of how important it is to ensure that your home is clean. You’ll also know that at times, it’s hard to do that, because your kids can be enough work to keep track of. If you want to ensure that your home is healthy, you have to keep things clean. If you’re busy, and you also work, you should think about coming up with a cleaning schedule that will be easy for you to manage, and easier to execute too.
Using Kind Products
While you’re at it, you may also want to think about using products that are a lot safer around the home too. For this, go to cleanhappens.com for info on friendly products for your laundry to get you started. You should also think about using fewer chemicals while cleaning home surfaces, so it doesn’t affect your family’s health too.
Don’t you just hate that whenever you’ve finished a big clean, more clutter will appear? It seems to be the way with family life. Lots of clutter can be bad for your health. So if things are building up, you need to have a huge clear out. Doing this will help to ensure you’re all less stressed and distracted.
Facilitating Your Life
Not everything around the home has to be changed because it’s a threat. Some things can be changed for the better. In fact, you should have fun with this point. The idea is to ensure your home can facilitate your family’s happiness. So go ahead and create the movie room you’ve always wanted out of that (now clutter-free) spare room. Or a nice little library for the kids. Whatever it is, make the change - your home should always add to your health and happiness.
Finally, you’re going to want to work on finding a healthy life balance for everyone. Because this is often the key to feeling happy and healthy overall.
Having a balance is all about finding the right middle ground. And this means not working too many hours for you, and not studying for too long for your kids. It’s essential that you can all work out what your manageable hours are if you’re going to enjoy healthy and happy lifestyles. It may take time, but you should find working hours that you feel comfortable with, and they need to not be too exhausted with their workload too.
Switching Off At Home
At the same time, you have to be able to switch off too. This links in with the idea of taking time out to benefit your mental health too. You all need to ensure that you can switch off come evening time, and these ideas on inc.com might just help with that. Don’t let your kids do homework and practice all night and weekend either, they need to let off steam too.
You might be a mom, but you’re also a person. So you need to ensure that you can find a healthy balance between you as a person and you as a mom. That’s where mom's daily me time should come in. You don’t have to make a big deal out of this, but you do have to do it. You have to ensure that you get some time to regroup, otherwise, you may lose yourself in being a mom and in the long run, that can harm all aspects of your health.
And you all need to ensure that you can enjoy the things you love in life too. Whether it’s your favorite pie or a vacation in the sun, you need to plan in fun indulgences that you can all enjoy that will help your mental health and allow you to find an enjoyable balance.