Every parent wants their child to thrive, and to have the best possible start in life – and it’s probably also fair to say that everyone more or less wants their household environment to be as positive and harmonious as possible.
Nonetheless, families do end up fighting from time to time, and having to contend with everyday stressful situations of various sorts.
Ultimately, finding some everyday ways of increasing the well-being of the entire family can be a very uplifting, rewarding, and positive thing to do – and can make life significantly more pleasant for all involved.
Here are a few suggestions to try out.
Maintain set sleep and wake times
In the last few years, researchers such as Matthew Walker – author of the book “Why We Sleep” – have been pointing out more and more just how vitally important good sleep is for overall well-being, emotional regulation, and physical health.
Most parents are pretty diligent when it comes to keeping their kids’ sleep cycles regular, but frequently end up having significantly more disrupted sleep schedules themselves – and not just when dealing with newborns, either.
By taking steps to maintain set sleep and wake times for the whole family – and by doing things like dimming the lights and turning off electronic devices in the evenings – you can help the whole family to maintain a healthier circadian rhythm, and to feel more upbeat and good-natured, as well as being healthier.
Emphasise good nutrition from whole food ingredients
It’s generally quite well known that if kids eat high sugar foods, their moods will be up and down, and their energy will soar and then crash. But, nonetheless, highly sugary children’s breakfast cereals are still commonly sold and consumed, and many working parents primarily eat processed foods, and skip meals on a regular basis as well.
All of these nutritional practices are known to contribute to many of the tragic and chronic health conditions that are on the rise today, but they also contribute significantly to stress, heightened anxiety, mood swings, and assorted mood conditions that make life a lot less positive and upbeat than it should ideally be.
Emphasising good nutrition from whole food ingredients, and maintaining set meals teams when the whole family eats together as often as possible, can be great ways of increasing the well-being of the entire family.
And don’t leave out your canine companions, either. Modern health-focused dog food brands can make a big difference.
Spend regular time in nature
These days, more and more people are living in, or close to, densely populated urban environments – meaning that many kids and parents are surrounded by concrete buildings and busy streets on a daily basis, instead of trees and open fields.
Keep in mind, though, that research consistently finds that when people spend more time in nature, their overall levels of well-being are significantly higher, their moods are better, they sleep better, and more.Spending regular time together in nature as a family can be remarkably beneficial in a number of different ways, whether that means going for regular strolls, or even moving to a more rural environment outright.