As the saying goes, health is wealth; without sound physical and mental health, you cannot enjoy the pleasures of life to the fullest. After all, illness takes away all the fun from the moment.
The best way to practice a healthy lifestyle is to do it as a family. Since parents are mentors to their children – as guides for them through life and primarily responsible for the habits they develop, they are best positioned to instill practices that ensure optimal health and wellness.
The ideal family manages to stick together and be there for each other despite their inevitable differences.
A family is your go-to in times of crisis and ease. A supportive family is nothing short of a tremendous blessing, especially when you are at a roadblock in life where you need someone to understand you.
The outcomes are positive when a family is governed by rules and boundaries that everyone has to follow.
Specific family values are essential for fostering a healthy family lifestyle, and the following are some tips for ensuring this:
1. Make health checks a routine
A while ago, it was common practice to visit the doctor only when one fell ill. However, regular medical check-ups can minimize the risk of many serious ailments, identify potentially life-threatening problems quickly, and prevent complications.
You get screened for various cancers and other chronic illnesses in routine check-ups and immunized against common infections like influenza, varicella, tetanus, and more.
Recovery from illnesses like cancer depends mainly on timely diagnosis and treatment. If someone in your family does fall victim to such an illness, keep your mind open about seeking financial compensation.
For some types of cancers, for instance, you can seek mesothelioma compensation if you suspect asbestos exposure is the cause.
Most parents don’t need a reminder to frequent their children’s health check-ups, but their busy schedule makes them neglect their own.
Remember that to function as a healthy family; your physical health is as important as anyone else’s in the family.
2. Establish a strong family culture
You must instill in each household member a love for and desire to be firmly bonded with the family. Unless there is an internal yearning for familial bonding, you cannot unite your family around a positive family culture.
To achieve this, you must work on the values you instill in your children and how you treat them. To foster feelings of love, respect, and belonging, treat your kids as individuals, give unconditional love, respect their views, treat them equally, and never disregard their feelings.
Acknowledge that everyone is unique and has their strengths and weaknesses. Comparison only gives rise to inferiority complexes and never yields positive results.
The time you spend together should be fun, relaxing, cooperative, and beneficial, rather than being filled with criticism or conflict.
This way, every member will come to value family time as enjoyable and seek solace with each other in times of difficulty.
3. Maintain a strict sleep schedule
Getting children to sleep on time is never easy; when young, they despise bedtime because it puts an end to enjoyment, and when older, they no longer want to be told by their parents what to do and what not to. Sleeping at ten isn’t ‘cool’!
At the same time, nighttime is when housewives get some ‘me-time,’ so social media is appealing, and working parents need a ‘break’ from the busy routine.
However, remember that nothing can be more relaxing and rejuvenating than a good night’s sleep.
Sleep hygiene should be a priority from the beginning and applicable to everyone. Keep a fixed sleep schedule so your internal clock adapts to the routine and you sleep through the night.
You can squeeze in a family activity before bedtime; this can be achieved by yoga, gentle stretches, meditating, deep breathing, or simply talking to each other.
It is more important to get your teenage kids to switch off their electronic devices well before it is time to sleep (ideally half an hour), no matter how much they despise the rule.
4. Incorporate a daily physical activity into your routine
Spending time with each other as a family can take the form of an activity that counts as a daily dose of physical workout.
You can plan out your week by sitting together and proposing an activity for each day of the week, be it cycling, going for a hike, playing basketball, going to a bowling alley, or even a snowball fight!
In addition to such enjoyable sports, you can opt for yoga, gymnastics, swimming, or karate classes, whatever your children enjoy the most.
One way to push each other to stay physically fit is by practicing family fitness challenges.
Doing so will allow you to bond well and provide many physical benefits, like ensuring a healthy body weight, preventing heart disease, reducing chances of diabetes, and more.
5. Enjoy meal time as family time
There is no better place to bond than at the dinner table; eating together, you get the opportunity to discuss each person’s day, have an exciting conversation, and keep up with each other’s personal lives.
Eating together encourages family togetherness, makes children feel valued, helps bring school problems to light, and more.
A family should be a source of solace and comfort for every member. A tiring day at work? A bad day at school? Can’t figure out a personal problem? Your family should be the first one you turn to.
To foster a healthy family lifestyle, establish a strong family culture, make medical checks a routine, enjoy meal time together, ensure good sleep hygiene, and stay active.