We all want our families to be happy, and that starts with being in great health – mentally and physically. But with the fall months come darker evenings, colder temperatures and less inclination to be active and sociable. The second wave of pandemic and all the restrictions that accompany it won’t help. We’re all having to navigate changes in routine and it can be very tough to balance work and family life when everything is taking place at home. That’s a strong reason to make your family’s health a priority this fall – and it doesn’t have to be difficult.
Talk Through Your Feelings
We need to teach children to be emotionally resilient, so that they can deal with all the challenges life will inevitably throw them over the years to come. And yet that can feel challenging when there’s so much uncertainty in the world right now. Being honest about not knowing the outcome of things is fine, just as long as you reassure your kids that you can deal with anything together. Of course your guidance needs to be age appropriate as well. Younger children will deal with their fears very differently than teens, where there is the potential for issues with self-harm, eating or even alcohol and substance abuse with older teens.
Get The Family Checked Out
Ahead of the winter, make sure to schedule physical exams for the family, make sure everyone is up to date with vaccinations and medication reviews and that there are no underlying issues that need treating. Cover off the basics as well – regular hand washing is not only a great defensive measure against Covid-19, but also seasonal flu and all kinds of other seasonal nasties. A healthcare provider like the Southwest Care Center can help you to keep all your needs in check as we approach the winter.
Focus On A Well Balanced Diet
When our normal routines are disrupted, our food habits can be one of the first things to suffer. But one of the main easy ways to take care of your health and that of your family is to ensure a well-balanced, nutritious diet. It can also be really tasty! Find some simple healthy recipes that you all enjoy, load up your slow cooker, and stock up on frozen fruits and vegetables alongside seasonal produce. You could also consider supplements such as powdered supergreens to enhance your intake and Vitamin D to keep your immune system functioning optimally.
Go Outside Together
Keeping active as a family is also hugely important. Simply moving more and not leading an overly sedentary lifestyle is a great defense against disease and health conditions. When we’re in restricted circumstances and working from home or homeschooling kids, often our physical activity can decrease. Making an effort to stay active can help to keep stress and anxiety at bay as well. Try a family bike ride, a group walk in nature or even a virtual family fitness class.