Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Tips for Keeping a Happy and Healthy Family

A healthy family is a happy one. As we head into 2017, it’s a good time to think about a plan to promote your family’s health and wellbeing following the indulgent Christmas period.
But, with modern life giving us so much more to juggle, are there any stress-free ways to incorporate your family’s health in your busy everyday routine? Here are four easy tips for living a healthier and happier life with your family.

1.      Eat Breakfast
It’s often said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Make sure you start the day right - it can make a big difference to your concentration levels, improve memory and lower your stress levels for the rest of the day.  Plus, research suggests that children who have a healthy breakfast each day are better behaved and have improved grades.

2.      Eat Healthy Meals Together
Studies have shown that families who eat their meals together at a table are more likely to maintain a healthy weight. It’s tempting to have dinner on the go if your day is filled with piano lessons, football games and other scheduling conflicts, but reserve some time for catching up with your family over mealtimes.

Prepare your meals at home so that you know exactly what you are putting in your bodies. It may take a little longer, but it will help you decrease the amount of salt, sugar and fatty foods that you eat. Also, it means you can limit portion sizes – children eating portions that are too large is one of the main reasons contributing to them becoming overweight.

3.      A Well-Stocked Handbag
Parents are familiar to the unpredictable and often chaotic life that comes with having children, so they must always be prepared to handle any situation. Mums should keep their handbags well-stocked with medicines, plasters, vitamins, first-aid kits to avoid any stress.

Don’t worry if you don’t have the time to pop to the chemist – everything can be ordered online, such as with Chemist Direct, and delivered right to your door.

4.      Step Away from Screens
It’s important to incorporate some activity into your schedule. Plan regular short walks with your dog, or a family day out at a weekend including swimming, cycling or a day at the park. The exercise and fresh air will help promote the wellbeing of your entire family, as well as encouraging time away from screens.

Use our four tips to make your family’s wellbeing a priority in all of your busy daily schedules. That way, you can have a happy and healthy family for 2017, and beyond.

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