In the past twelve months I have prioritised my physical and mental health in a way that I should have been doing for a very long time. Reducing the intake of meat and dairy, quitting booze, and increasing my exercise routine so that running has become a regular feature, not just an occasional fad. Those changes definitely helped me get on the road to better mental health too, alongside the therapy I accessed through Mind in 2019.more “Staying #PainFree in the pandemic with remote Osteopathy Physiotherapy and counselling #RevitalizeClinic @ElliottJohnReid”
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There are many kinds of chronic health condition that one might have, and any of them are going to cause a considerable amount of distress and upset in a person’s life.more “The challenges of a chronic health condition”
If I was asked in which decade of my life I worried the most, it would be fair to say the answer is pretty straight forward. It would hands down be the twenty to thirty years, that messy coming of age that took me from teenager to mother was a bumpy ride to say the least.more “Now and then – why worrying remains a twenty something problem”
There are many parallels to eating meat and drinking alcohol; both perhaps we know we should do less of, equally unfathomable and yet hugely beneficial to our health and bank balance.more “Plant based, Vegetarian, Vegan, Flexitarian or just a more mindful approach to eating meat?”
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Health treatments are a continuously evolving machine. What we don’t see as patients, is the work that is going on behind the scenes to make products that are designed to help us; ranging from creams treating excessive facial hair in women to new immune system supplements.more “Three steps towards better health”
When I was asked to offer my advice to young women thinking about using the combined pill I have to be honest and say I was a little hesitant. After all, I’m not a medical professional and I certainly can’t offer any medical or personal guidance about whether it is right for you as a choice of contraceptive. more “The combined pill, my experience”
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Have A Strategy
You’re going to be more successful with any venture if you plan ahead. Certainly this is easier said than done, but if you’ve got some level of direction, it can help you design a strategy for success that is actionable, and likely to work for you as you had hoped. With that in mind, following are six steps you can use to build a more healthy family.
Find Cost-Effective Fitness And Sustenance Solutions
First and foremost, if you’re going to keep your family healthy, you’re going to need food and fitness solutions you can afford. If you can afford a costly gym membership for the family, by all means go ahead. But you may not need to spend that much to get the same kind of result.
When it comes to eating right and exercising regularly, you may be surprised to find that there are a lot of things you can do which cost nothing but time.
Do Things The Whole Family Can Enjoy
Hiking, biking, going to the beach, going to the lake, playing team sports with other families, building things in the backyard, camping, fishing, exploring urban environments like haute shopping districts on foot—all these things can be done not only cost-effectively, but at your discretion. You don’t need to schedule them with a third party, as traditional solutions like gym membership would intone.
Additionally, you’re more likely to see cumulative success through such techniques. It can be hard to run on a treadmill for a half hour to an hour. It can be boring. But riding a bike is a lot of fun, the wind flows through your hair, you see new sights, explore new places, and have a real adventure.
Children tend to prefer that kind of thing, so discover what their preferences are. As an adult, you could insist on your own proclivities; but maturity should predicate discretion. You should be discrete enough to realize their enjoyment, and subsequent health benefits, trump your own. Do that, and they’re more likely to become fit, as they’re more likely to be active through desire rather than compulsion.
Don’t Just Exercise, Eat Right For Fullest Flourishment
This was touched on earlier: you’ve got to both exercise and eat right to see the best health for your family. Avoid processed foods. Avoid synthetic foodstuffs. Avoid deep fat fried foods. Cut down your intake of confections, sugars, candies, and the like.
You don’t have to get rid of these things entirely—it’s not necessary to deign toward the vegan extreme! You just want them to account for a definite minority of your diet. As a general rule of thumb, if it is naturally derived, it’s more likely to be good for you—depending on your own personal constitution, of course.
Keep Records Of Progress
You need to show where improvement has occurred. If you’ve got a child who was overweight before you started pushing a fitness campaign, you should get a scale and keep a weight table to show how what you’re doing is helping them to remain healthy. Children do absorb facts, but there are many things you must show them for them to understand. Also, this is good for you and your spouse in terms of motivation.
Use treats as Incentives and rewards
Obviously most of us like to offer treats to our kids in moderation. And that’s fine, in balance. Consider using those treats as rewards or for special moments as opposed to everyday snacks.
You don’t have to break the bank in terms of such incentives; at SweetServices.com you can buy candy in bulk, according to the site: “Sweetservices.com is the bulk candy store you’ve been looking for. Buy from our online candy store and get cheap bulk candy with flat rate shipping.” Candy isn’t generally healthy for you, but in small doses it is fine.
Learn From other families Example
Different families conduct themselves different ways, but almost everyone knows that one family with a cadre of children who are healthy, happy, and worth emulating. Find such a family, make friends with them, and allow them to help you guide your own family into a similar level of health.
Health And Happiness
If you are more healthy, you’re more likely to be happy. When you’re healthy and happy, you’re more productive. Increased productivity expands success. Expanded success opens up opportunities. It’s a positive upward spiral. Getting your family healthy will also help you to fully flourish on a personal basis.
There always seems to be some parenting drama or another going on when you have small children…or older children… or teenagers…(End in sight? Ever?). more “Where to turn when parenting gets a bit shit”
Nobody likes getting ill, but coming down with a cough or a cold can be particularly inconvenient for busy mums. After all, the odds of getting a few days recovering in bed is pretty unlikely, whilst statistics suggest that mums with young kids are many times more likely to get ill. more “Guest Post: Health tips for busy Mums”