As we roll towards the end of a year that was equal parts stressful and enjoyable, it’s time to start thinking about how you and your family can make 2020 a year where you feel better than you did this year every single day.
But where to begin? From taking care of their body to their mind, as well as building better relationships with one another, here is how the family can feel better in 2020, and beyond.
With everything going on throughout the year, it’s easy to miss doctor or orthodontist appointments, so make this something to think more about in the new year. The best way is to schedule them in early on, so you’re not rushing to find an appointment when needed, and you can pop these appointments in your phone to notify you when they are coming up.
It would also be useful to get everyone in together, but that might not be possible, so try to split the visits evenly between you and your partner to make sure everyone gets to see the doctor.
Yes, healthy eating can be difficult to introduce, but it doesn’t need to be such a battle. Instead, consider a more gradual change by replacing junk food meals with healthy ones slowly. You can also search for healthy alternatives to your kid’s favourites, such as cauliflower pizza or quinoa in place of pasta.
You might also find luck experimenting with seasonings and spices to give the food a little more flavour and mask any replacements. Your kids may suspect something isn’t quite right, but if they enjoy it, then you can consider that a win.
Exercise is an easy way for everyone to feel better, and for kids, it’s also fun to do. You don; ‘t need to sign them up for a gym membership, but you can encourage them to join local sports clubs, if they’re not part of one already, to burn off their excess energy.
It might be a little cold for football right now, so think about indoor activities that will provide just as many benefits. Sports like volleyball are something you can do all year-round, and not only is it fun, but it helps you to meet new people, too.
Family Time (And Alone Time)
Finally, you need to think about spending time with one another, even if it’s as simple as having family dinner every evening. This gives everyone a chance to chat and catch up with each other’s lives so you can stay more involved.
However, you also need your alone time, and too much time spent together can get on each other’s nerves, so don’t try to force family time if nobody is feeling up to it. Everyone needs a chance to recharge, including you.
It can be hard to get the whole family on board when planning on taking steps to improve your lives and yourselves. However, with enough positive reinforcement, encouragement and most important support from and for each other, you’ll have a fit, healthy and happy family in no time.