There is nothing in life that is more important than good health. Good health is not just about physical health. It is also about mental health. How can you ensure that your family is both healthy and happy? Follow these tips to learn how you can improve your family’s health and happiness.
1. Health and Happiness Go Hand in Hand
Healthy people are happier, and happier people are healthier. If you can make good health a priority for you and your family, happiness will also be easier to obtain. There are simple things that you can do to ensure that your family is on the path to good health and happiness.
2. Pay Attention to What You Clean Your Home With
Most people do not give a lot of thought to the cleaning products that they use to clean their homes. According to the EPA, the odds are pretty high that you are using cleaning products that contain ingredients that can be harmful to your health. One out of three cleaning products has ingredients that can harm either the environment or are a threat to human health or both.
If you can use natural ingredients like lemon juice, vinegar, baking soda, and other natural ingredients to clean you should. You can get the same great results without the worry that you are leaving dangerous residue behind.
When you are cleaning up your home, keep in mind that anything that has collected bodily fluids is considered medical waste according to Enviromerica, and should be treated as such. For example, if your child has a cold and there are tissues lying around, be sure to use rubber gloves to pick those tissues up. How you handle these items can help to stop the spread of germs in your home.
3. Make Regularly Scheduled Health Check-Ups for the Whole Family
Most people realize that it is important to get annual physicals at their family care provider, but that is not the only regularly scheduled health care appointment you should focus on. Each year you and your family members should see an eye doctor. Every six months you and your family members should go to the dentist.
About 46% of people over the age of 30 have gum disease according to the CDC. About 50 million hours of education are lost because of dental disease in children under 18 according to the CDC. It is important that your family gets the preventive care that they need to maintain good oral health as well as good physical health.
4. Make Exercise a Priority
Exercise must be a priority if you want a happy and healthy family. Find something that the whole family can do together, like hiking in your favorite state park, or playing a game of pickup flag football or basketball. Get outside together and get moving. Exercising together as a family is not only good for everyone’s physical health, but it is also great for everyone’s mental health.
Studies have shown that families that participate together in outdoor activities report that they are happier and feel more connected to each other. Have a no technology Saturday every once in a while, to get the kids (and adults) off their phones and focused on fun.
5. Institute the Family Meeting
Life can get really hectic and some family members may feel “unheard”. Institute a weekly family meeting where everyone has a turn to talk about what is bothering them. Talking through concerns can empower even the youngest member of your family and provide a road to good mental health. In other words, it is important to discuss what is bothering the people in your family if you want everyone to feel happy and healthy.
Happy healthy families do not happen by mistake. It takes work to ensure that everyone in your family is happy and healthy. Putting forth a bit of effort into creating a happy, healthy environment for your family will help you to have a happy home life with well-adjusted people by your side. Learn more about how you can keep your family happy and healthy.