A healthy family is a happy family. We try so hard to make sure each member is healthy and safe. Parents would do what they can to motivate each family member to get enough sleep, eat a balanced diet, and even keep an active lifestyle. But then, the pandemic came along with sheltering in place orders.
Keeping every member healthy and safe from the virus is the main priority of parents during the pandemic. But with almost all members spending most of their time indoors, managing the household became a more difficult task. With kids now learning from home and parents juggling remote work, house upkeep, and childcare, stress levels inside the household doubled.
Kids are bored and restless from staying indoors. Parents are tired, stressed out, and overwhelmed. How can they turn things for the better and actually use the pandemic to improve their family’s health?
Make Time for Healthy Home Improvements
Your family’s health starts at home. Use this time to make timely improvements to make your living space a healthier one. Start by evaluating your living space and check which areas could use a bit of improvement.
You can start by removing unnecessary clutter and disinfecting the house often. Invest in projects that can boost your indoor air quality. This can include proper maintenance of your HVAC, changing filters regularly, and taking care of indoor plants.
For any signs of molds, mildew, and pests, be sure to take the necessary intervention and call the pros. DIY attempts can prove futile if you don’t know how to execute these the right way. Remember that pests, molds, and mildew can damage your home and ruin your family’s health.
Another project worth investing in is creating an engaging outdoor living space for the family. This helps motivate family members to spend more time outdoors within the comforts of your property line. They can enjoy more Vitamin D, get motivated to exercise outdoors, and experience the stress-relieving benefits of nature.
If your yard is an open space, consider investing in fence panels made from aluminum. Aluminum can hold its shape, lasts for a long period of time, and requires little to no maintenance. This way, you can have that peace of mind knowing your little ones stay inside your property while they enjoy your outdoor living space.
Think of Engaging Activities for the Whole Family
The great thing about spending time with the family is that it helps nurture your family’s relationship. Socialization is important in one’s health and well-being. Since the safest way to socialize these days is with the people you live with, it only pays that you invest in quality time together with each family member.
Think of engaging activities that will catch the attention of every member of your family. Consider each and everyone’s interests. This way, all members will get the chance to share their interests with the whole family.
One activity you can consider is gardening. This is a great exercise for of all ages. Everyone can help start and take care of your new backyard garden while the kids learn more about nature.
Getting your hands dirty and working in nature can help boost the family’s immune system. Growing your own produce can also motivate the little ones to appreciate how food is grown. This makes them more willing to taste vegetables and add more color to their plate.
It also makes sense to make household chores a family affair. Give everyone, including the kids, their own fair share of chores. Working together to clean the house will make everyone feel the need to keep it clean.
Serve as the Family’s Role Model
Parents have the biggest influence on the family. This is not because you have the most authority inside the house. This is since it is your role to be everyone’s role model, whether in health or behavior.
It is crucial that you start modeling healthy habits consistently. This way, your kids will think that this is the natural way of doing things. They will unknowingly pick up your healthy habits and aid them in boosting their own health.
Here are some healthy habits you can model for your kids while on quarantine.
- Proper and regular handwashing
- Keeping the house clean and organized
- Serving and eating a colorful plate filled with more vegetables and fruits
- Eating healthy meals on time
- Stocking your pantry and eating nutritious snacks
- Reducing gadget use, especially in front of the kids and when eating
- Exercising at home and encouraging kids to exercise with you
- Walking the family dog to and from the park
- Walking to do errands
- Sleeping and waking up early
Keeping everyone healthy, especially during the pandemic, should be your family’s number one priority. Use this time to nurture family relationships and teach kids healthy habits. Invest in healthy home improvements and keep the house in a clean and organized state. These are but three ways you can improve your family’s health and wellness amidst the crisis.