Health. It gets a bushel of press! And, a lot of that press gives people a lot of pressure. “I should be…” “I should quit…..” “Maybe I’ll start……soon.” Health is also BIG business, so it profits someone out there if you flap around worrying about the perfect way to improve your family’s health. So you buy a book, join the gym, or start some fad diet.
What I have noticed is that health isn’t that hard to have. You may want a book or a gym membership, but you don’t need them to succeed at being healthy. And, have you heard? “Diets” are out, too – thank goodness! And best of all, health doesn’t require you to blow your savings. So, I just gave myself a few minutes and scribbled down the first ten ideas for better health that came to my mind and I ended up with this.
Improve Your Family’s Health
1. Less TV. Since a little less news and noise means greater family health because it creates a calmer atmosphere in your home, less TV never hurts. Less means something different to everyone so you will decide what that means to you. However, notice I didn’t say NO TV. I like good movies, and sometimes we even watch a little junk.
2. Get outside every day. And, here, too you can decide what that means to you. It probably doesn’t just mean the outside time we get walking from house to car, though. Sorry.
3. Eliminate sugar. Yes, eliminate. This is the gold standard. It’s hard to do completely but, you can reduce, reduce, reduce until there is very little sugar left in the house. When you eliminate a previously loved food, though, don’t leave a vacuum. After all, suffering is not the goal! Figure out what you will replace it with – something healthier that you will enjoy just as much. Then introduce this new goodie right away.
4. House cleaning and body care supplies. Another place to swap out something toxic and improve your family’s health. Plain old white vinegar has vast uses in your home. It softens water when you do laundry, breaks down hard water deposits, and moreover it removes odors. In fact, don’t forget the value of plain old soap and water. The fumes from cleaning supplies and body care products fill the air and cling to your clothes. Some of these fumes are quite toxic and can be endocrine disrupters. Google it up and see what you can learn.
5. Wash the pillows. You wash your sheets, right? And don’t you love a freshly made bed? Pillows get musty. And dust mites love them and give you a stuffy nose at night. Therefore, you’ll breathe better if your pillows are clean, and breathing better at night is healthy.
6. Sleep better and longer. Good sleep doesn’t just happen. You can make it happen with just a few changes. You know those people you can call power sleepers? Ask them how they do it. There are lots of things that help such as a cool bedroom, a quiet bedroom, a warm shower before bed, no screen time for about an hour before bed, a little reading, watching the caffeine, and maybe a cup of Sleepy Time tea. Just experiment. his Sleep Hygiene list might help. One thing I can add is, if you have trouble sleeping one night, don’t stress out over it. You can just get up and read for a bit (no TV, though) and get a drink of water. In other words, one bad night doesn’t make a disaster.
7. Read aloud to each other/children. Every day if possible. Just about everyone likes to be read to. It’s soooo soothing! I used to substitute teach and I always took my bag of books and articles. While the kids worked, I read. I also found that my own children slept better if I read to them before bed, long after they learned to read for themselves.
8. Do art. Any kind of art will do. Even coloring. Doodling. A little painting, sewing, outdoor sculpture building, furniture building. You can do it alone and do it with others. Because art is so good for us you get to create a simple space in your home with some simple supplies! Fun! Art calms, and calm rests the brain and body. Consequently, art will improve family’s health.
9. Cook from scratch. Keep it simple. Teach your kids how to cook from scratch. The meals are healthier and you have created something for the family. Creating things makes us healthier. In addition, your children will learn a life skill to take with them in adulthood.
10. Create family traditions. And, not just around holidays. Traditions mean something to people and families, and they bind us together. Furthermore, they give us something to remember and look forward to. Don’t forget that we can create silly traditions as well as serious ones. Finally, they get passed on and continuity keeps us connected over time. Connections make us healthier.
So, what do you think? Maybe, you came up with even more ideas while you were reading this article. Have fun with this and keep it simple – easy and cheap!