A healthy household is a happy one and when you have children, there’s a responsibility to ensure you are doing everything you can to take care of their own health until they’re able to do it themselves. So here are five tips to keep your household healthy.
Keep Up With Health Check Appointments
One thing that many of us can be guilty of is being too busy to attend regular health check appointments. However, it’s always important that you go to ensure any underlying problems are caught before it’s too late. If you haven’t already for some reason registered at your doctors, perhaps you’ve just moved house, then do it now. That way you can get everyone booked in for a general health test and to chat with your doctor in order to build up a relationship. The more acquainted you get with your doctor, the less embarrassed you might feel to talk to them about things that may be concerning you. It will probably be nothing, but it’s certainly better to be safe than sorry.
Dentist appointments are also important as well as eye checks. Fear of the dentist is a common thing, so look into ways you can help combat this fear, especially amongst children.
Promote Healthy Eating
It’s always nice to treat ourselves and have some indulgences every now and then, but as children grow up, they should be given the right diet in order to promote healthy eating. Obviously, it’s up to them once they become adults on what they consume, but if they’re given the right foods from an early age, you’re giving them the best start in maintaining a healthy body and mind. Junk food may seem like a good thing at the time but remember that you should be giving this type of food in moderation so that that they see it as a treat, rather than something they should be having on a daily basis. You can promote healthy eating by only having healthy food in the house. Lead by example and make your shopping more healthy for all the family. Instead of sweets and other high-calorie foods that aren’t good for you, replace them with snacks that high in fibre and low in sugars and salts.
Having fresh fruit on display and at a reachable level is good for all the family to enjoy and make the kitchen the area where you cook, rather than it be a place to snack. Control your plate sizes, what goes on there and always eat in moderation.
The great outdoors is a place to breathe in the fresh air and to get some much-needed exercise. As a family, it’s good to go out together, whether it’s to the local park or for a walk around the neighbourhood. With so much technology available, there’s likely to be multiple electronic devices that are being used and it’s good to have a little detox and to rest the eyes by putting it down and going out. Make a habit of going outside regularly, and if you have garden space, work on making it more appealing for the family to spend time in.
Getting teenagers outdoors can be quite difficult, so offer them an incentive or a reward if they spend some time outside. So much fun can be had outdoors, so try to find some activities that everyone can get involved with and that can be done as a family.
Clean Up Regularly
Let’s be honest now, our homes are never always clean. With the daily usage of bathrooms and kitchens, these areas can get quite messy. It’s important that you’re cleaning up after yourself, and this should be the case for all members of your household. It’s not fair for just one person to clean up after everyone else, so if it helps, you can set up a cleaning schedule. This will make sure that everyone is doing their fair share of the work, and it also teaches young children on how to look after their own space. Give them the responsibility of putting away their clothes and making their own bed.
A lot of bacteria can build up in the home, so it’s always good to wipe down surfaces that are used to prep food or where hand to mouth contact is used. Be careful with what products you use as lots of household cleaning supplies will have dangerous chemicals that can be harmful to children or pets.
And finally, everyone has feelings and emotions. Looking after your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Communication is something we don’t always think about, but as a household, it’s good to spend time with one another and talk. A lot of our own thoughts we tend to keep bottled up, and so it’s useful to share your feelings and help your children to speak about how they’re feeling. This communication can be done by having dinner at the dining table as a family, rather than having it at different times or eating on the sofa with the television on. As a parent, it’s always good to set an example, so always make the effort to ask about your child’s day and to build your relationship so that as they get older, they feel like they can talk to you about anything. Of course, there will be things that they may not want to tell you, but having an openness to communicating is always going to help.
Keeping your household health is essential, and hopefully, these tips will help keep everyone feeling fit and healthy, all year around. Remember to communicate with your partner and children to help bring to light anything that might be troubling their mind. Keep up with a cleaning schedule that everyone’s involved in. Get yourself outdoors on a regular basis and promote healthy eating. And most importantly, make sure that health check appointments are done so that you can have peace of mind that all your household is at their best.