There’s no better time to take steps toward a healthier future for you and your family. With everything that is going on in the world, making sure your family is healthy and happy may seem overwhelming. However, building healthy habits to keep sickness, and stress at bay can be simpler than you might realise.
Here are 7 healthy habits you can do right now to help keep those you care about healthy throughout the flu season and for years to come!
In the current social climate, it might seem harder to exercise, but it’s important to stay physically active, not just for your body, but for your mental health too. Whether you just have a small space in the living room or a fully equipped home gym, there are always workouts that can be done to get in the comfort of your own home. Be sure to encourage the kids to put down the devices and get on board! There are lots of exercise videos online which don’t require any equipment and are fun and easy for the whole family!
Limit screen time
As our relationship with mobile devices has grown increasingly intimate, there is greater research evidence suggesting that excessive media use is not good for us physically, mentally, or emotionally. This means taking a media break is a powerful way to improve our well-being. Less screen time can improve sleep and productivity, as well as open possibilities for families to spend some time together face-to-face. It can allow more time for exercise, reading or giving the kids an opportunity to get outdoors!
When you wake up, the blood sugar your body needs to make your muscles and brain work their best is usually low. Breakfast helps replenish this to healthy levels. Eating breakfast not only kick starts your metabolism, helping you burn calories throughout the day, but it has also been linked to good health, including better memory and concentration, lower cholesterol and lower chances of getting diabetes and heart disease. If your body doesn’t get that fuel from food, you may feel zapped of energy and you’ll be more likely to overeat later in the day.
Establish consistent rountine
We know how important routine is for kids, but sticking to a schedule can help everyone’s mental health. This means eating meals at regular times, sleeping, waking and exercising at set times. Unstructured time can lead to boredom, spikes in depression which can lead to unhealthy coping patterns. For parents especially, it can be stressful times to adapt to remote work and full-time child care, so keep yourself accountable and plan ahead.
Eat more fruit and vegetables
Snack on fruit and veggies instead of sugary, starchy treats full of salt, fat and sugar. Fruit and vegtables contain important vitamins, minerals and anxtioxidants your body needs to boost your immune system and fight off cold and flu.
Water is always the best way to quench your thirst and doesn’t come with the added sugar found in juice and soft drinks. Since your body is made up of about 60 percent H2O, it’s essential that we drink enough to flush out toxins and keep our organs functioning properly.
Get enough sleep
Ensuring you get a proper night’s sleep (between 7-9 hours depending on the individual) plays a vital role in promoting good health, as it can strengthen your immune system, increase the recovery rate if you catch a virus and reduce stress. While getting the recommended amount of sleep won’t necessarily prevent you from getting sick, studies have shown that a lack of sleep can also put you at risk for being more susceptible to catching colds and flu and the rate that we recover. So stick to a routine, set your nightly alarm and get the kids to bed.