Keeping your family healthy is no easy task. But making sure they eat well, get to all their doctor’s appointments and that they get enough sleep, is so essential to their well-being. Make sure you keep your family healthy by being aware of the suggestions below.
problem if their lifetime. Depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and eating disorders are all examples of different mental health issues. Mental health issues can affect adults and children alike. It is particularly important to spot mental health difficulties in children and as, if they are caught early, it can save a lot of heartaches. If you are concerned about a family member, try to create a safe space in which they can talk about any difficulties they are having without judgment. You can then suggest that they see a doctor or counselor if they are willing. Remember mental health problems are nothing to be ashamed of, and there is plenty that we can do to help them.
An often overlooked part of family well-being is digestive health. It’s vital that your digestive system is functioning correctly as it is the way your body absorbs all the fuel and nutrients that it needs.
A proper diet can help maintain digestive health and it is important to get enough fiber. The best way of doing this is to eat enough fruit and vegetables.
Another way of maintaining good digestive health is to take a supplement like Ginger, Turmeric or Acidophilus. While you can buy Ginger and Turmeric in their natural forms, it is best to purchase them from health food shops in concentrated tablet form. You can also buy Acidophilus oral capsules in health food stores or online.
Stress can have a big impact on your family’s health, both physical and mental. Sometimes we can reduce stress in our lives, by opting out of stressful activities. Things like comparing our families to others, being solely focused on grades and too much pressure can be harmful. Sometimes things happen, that we cannot control, and they bring with them their own form of stress. The best way to react to this sort of situation is to keep an open dialogue between the people that it is affecting, including the children. Also, make sure that you continue any stress-busting activities like exercise, meditation or quiet time. These can help you maintain your stress-fighting abilities in your time of need.
Exercise is another paramount element in family health. Firstly keeping active is good for our body. We are designed to move and not live a sedentary life. Secondly, active people find it much easier to manage their weight. Active people expend more calories making it easier for them to reach a calorie deficit. Thirdly exercise is known to have a positive effect on mood and rid the body of stress hormones like cortisol. Last but not least, exercise can be fun! Think of the great memories that you can create for your family, by shooting baskets together or heading down to the batting cages.
Whether it’s because the kids are teething, there’s a Netflix series to watch, or you just can’t nod off, getting enough sleep, can be hard. Sleep is very important, though, it enables our physical body to repair and our mind to makes sense and file away the day’s experiences. A lack of sleep over an extended period can cause problems, like increased stress and poor digestion.
If sleep is becoming an issue in your household, try to give yourself and your family the best opportunity for sleep possible. Firstly have a definitive bedtime. No arguments from the kids or the adults! That will get your body used to falling asleep at a regular time. An hour before bedtime, turn off all devices and read. The blue light used in mobile devices can discourage sleep, and it’s hard to turn your brain off if you’ve just had a crazy session of candy crush saga! You can also try some relaxing activities like a lavender scented bath, known to promote sleep or meditation. A particularly useful meditation for before you go to sleep is a full body relaxation. This is where you send your awareness to each part of your body. You then flex and relax each part of the body in turn, so when it comes to sleep time, you are super relaxed.
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