Is stress giving you sleepless nights? Are you falling ill on a regular basis? It's never too late to take charge of your health. Know how by following health goals as discussed in this article.
By Monali Bordoloi
Praneeth and Madhavi Agarwal are working parents with two school-going kids. Of late, they have realised that all of them are suffering from borderline obesity. The doctor attributed this to their sedentary lifestyle.This came as a wake up call. Praneeth and Madhavi decided it was time to win back their health. Today, they discuss and motivate each other to follow the schedule of eating in time, exercising daily and maintaining a regular sleep pattern, among others.
As a family, the first step towards getting healthy is to set specific health goals. The process of setting and following health goals together enables children to develop a lifelong positive attitude towards embracing a healthy lifestyle.
When you are setting health goals for the family, invite everyone to participate in the discussion and seek their opinion on how to achieve that goal.
1. Be active
Exercising together every day helps a family stay fit and bond better. It is a great time for the parents to connect with their child and spend some quality time together.
2. Eat right
Set a goal to serve and eat healthy nutritious food. It is important to eat the right kind of food at the right time.
Watch the video below to know the importance of dinner time (bonding time)
3. Drink more water
Set a goal to drink more water. Dehydration can bring hunger pangs and cravings for sweets. Water can help you feel fuller. Cut down on cold drinks and juices.
Water jar activity
Go through our article to know four more ways to get your child drink water.
4. Maintain good hygiene
A clean environment keeps illnesses at bay. Set hygiene rules at home and make sure it is followed.
It is said that a sound mind lives in a sound body. Just like physical health, it is important that we take care of our mental health as well. A family looking to stay healthy should set some mental health goals.
5. Open communication
Communication is the key when it comes bonding as a family. Many problems which students, teenagers face today can be solved at home if there is open communication.
Dr Nithya Poornima Santosh, clinical psychologist, NIMHANS, Bangalore says, “Loving speech and deep listening as recommended by Vietnamese Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, is both a process and a goal.”
6. Get some sleep
For optimum health, sleep is one of the most important factors. Adults need around eight to nine hours of sleep. In a report by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), it is said that kids aged between three to five years need around 11 to 13 hours of sleep while children aged five to 12 years need 10 to 11 hours of sleep.
Watch the video below to understand the importance of 'reading together' time.
7. Reduce stress
Dr Veena Muttu, who has worked with Indian Army, says, “Avoiding stress completely is not possible, we need to learn to manage it positively. Active lifestyle with a positive attitude can keep stress at bay. Stress can be reduced, and just like everything else, it also has a solution.”
8. Pursue a hobby
Cultivating a hobby is a great way to maintain mental health.Take time out of your busy schedule to pursue a hobby or do something you are passionate about.
9. Manage your anger
It is normal to lose temper sometimes. However, excessive anger can impact your mental health. This, in turn, can affect the physical health.
10. Be content and happy
It is very important to be content and happy with your surroundings. Not finding faults in everything and enjoying the small pleasures of life will bring about true health and wellness.
Remember, the most important thing is to make your health goals fun and engaging. This way, your children and you will be encouraged to pursue them to the fullest. And in time, you will reap the benefits for sure.
After all, a confident mind and a confident body is all it takes to lead a healthy life.
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