Wellbeing for the Family
Healthy, happy families begin with a commitment to strengthen
and support each person and relationship within the home. Each
person in the family can bring something positive to the table and
a lot of responsibility falls on parents to be role models of
health and positive habits. Here are five ways to help your family
onto a path of health and wellbeing.
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Here are some quick suggestions to keep your family
- Support your partner. Whether you have a
partner or you are a single parent, it's important to find someone
to help you when you need it and share in the joys of your family.
Significant others, close friends or extended family members are
important to the success of a family. Grow with each
other by recognizing any weaknesses or strengths. Let them
know how much they are needed and always welcome their input.
Compliment them as much as possible and let them know how important
they are to the family.
- Expose your children to their community.
Within your community is a wealth of history and information. Take
your children to local museums, plays, gyms, concerts and other
cultural events. By going to inspiring places, you increase your
child's social perspective and their personal knowledge of life.
Or, just get outside. No need to pay admission or have a tour
guide, go for a walk with your children while you catch up on the
day and talk about what you see. If you are short on time, switch
off activity days with another parent.
- Create healthy habits. Healthy eating habits
insure healthy minds and bodies, so it is important to provide
nutritional meals to your family on a daily basis. Drink enough
water each day to keep your body and mind running smoothly.
Exercise regularly to maintain a healthy body weight and sustain a
high level of energy.
- Keep lines of communication open and honest.
If there is a problem that needs to be addressed, be open and
available to discuss the matter. Allow your children and partner to
talk to you about issues, even about topics that may make you
uncomfortable. It's okay to take time to think about a response but
let the people involved know that you are coming back to the topic
soon. Set a specific time you can come back to issues and make sure
everyone can practice active listening skills.
- Pamper yourself! Take the time for yourself,
whether that means leaving the house or not. Hire a baby-sitter,
spend quiet time alone to reflect on your needs, read a book, do a
puzzle, or spend a day at the park. Create ways to unwind and enjoy
Reduce The Effects Of Hay Fever
Hay fever getting you down? Try washing your hair at
night. Washing your hair at night will remove any pollen and
keep it from settling on your pillows and bedding. Also avoid
common irritants like tobacco smoke, automobile exhaust, hair spray