As the pandemic drags on, many parents are struggling with exhaustion and burnout from juggling multiple responsibilities at once. From feeding children to letting dogs go to work and schooling from home, life has certainly become much more lively in the last few years. You’ve probably changed some priorities to make it work. However, if you’ve let your family’s health fall apart, it may be time to rethink your routine.
Fortunately, you don’t have to reshape your life to improve your health. All you need are some simple, innovative ideas to inspire well-being – and better habits.
1. Go for a morning walk
Going for a morning walk with your family is a great way to spend quality time together and take advantage of the many benefits that sunrise offers. Studies show that exposure to natural light is the first thing in the morning can lower blood pressure, regulates sleep schedule, clears thoughts and even improves memory. Get up half an hour early and walk the kids to school and enjoy the extremely long walks on the weekends.
2. Take part in a fitness challenge
Maybe your kids would rather sleep and skip the morning walk – especially if it’s cold outside. In this case, you can start a family fitness challenge to encourage more physical activity. Set a goal to run 5k together or give up sugar for a month. Include prizes when you reach certain milestones and don’t forget to celebrate, even if you don’t break records or win a race. So everyone develops enough self-confidence to be able to try again.
3. Make a list of activities
It’s okay if you and the kids get bored sometimes. However, if your first answer is to reach for your phones or tablets, you may need to make a list of activities. Powwwow with the kids and make a list of fun and healthy activities that everyone can enjoy the next time they get bored. Maybe the kids can read a book, play brain games, or visit a local playground. Remember to include indoor and outdoor activities so you always have something to do, rain or sun.
4. Insert vegetables into meals
Persuading children to eat their own vegetables can be tedious and ultimately unsuccessful unless you have a few insidious recipes up your sleeve. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to serve a salad every day to stay healthy. In fact, you can easily incorporate leafy vegetables, greens, and even fruits like avocados into classic foods like mac and cheese, chocolate muffins, and pancakes. As long as you cut, cut into cubes and mix the ingredients wellYour kids will never know that this extra vegetable is there.
5. Plant a herb garden
Anyone can grow their own herb garden, whether they live in a one-bedroom apartment or in their parents’ basement. Of course, natural sunlight is hard to come by – especially in winter. However, you can easily buy growth lights if your plants need encouragement. In addition, maintaining your own indoor garden will inspire you to think creatively in the kitchen and teach children where their food comes from.
6. Visit the farmers market
If you’re not sure about your green thumb, you’d better visit the local farmers market. This is your chance stocks of organic products it is healthy and affordable. Talk to the farmers and producers who run the stalls and ask for recipe suggestions. How could you use this sweet corn or a whole head of cabbage? They probably have some delicious – and nutritious – ideas that will inspire you in the kitchen.
7. Use smaller plates
It may seem unimportant, but the size of your plates is important. In one study, researchers found this participants with larger meals ate 30% more than those with smaller ones. Container size also played an important role in portion control. Those who used a larger bowl and spoon ate 50% more than those with a smaller container. These findings suggest that replacing large plates with small ones can help your family eat less and live happier and healthier lives.
8. Set the light off alarm
Getting children to bed on time can be a challenge. They will often want to stay with you and watch movies, play on their tablets or chat. Wouldn’t the whole fiasco be easier if everyone fell at once? Set an alarm to turn off the lights for everyone in the house – yes, for you too. Then stick to it. A well-rested brain learns better, recovers faster, and remembers more. In addition, it will be better equipped to regulate your mood and improve your emotional well-being.
Thinking outside the box
Most likely, habits that are fun and memorable will be maintained. So think outside the box and lean towards creativity. What innovative ideas can you come up with for each season? Take care of the passions and interests of your family to include everyone. You will soon feel happier, healthier and closer as a family. It only takes one small step in the right direction to change your whole life.