Finding out how to improve your family’s mental wellbeing might leave you a bit stumped, you might have only just figured out or are working on how to look after your own. 😂
In this article, we’re going to talk about improving your mental wellbeing within your family. Habits and beliefs are easily formed in little ones, so don’t hesitate to instil a positive and healthy mental wellbeing. 💛
Spend time outdoors
A lot of great family activities are based in the outdoors and being in touch with nature 🌱 can be a grounding experience for everyone. It’s the perfect way to improve your family’s mental wellbeing. Whilst getting outside sometimes feels like a breath of fresh air, it’s also a great way to sneak some exercise in, which is an amazing source for positive mental wellbeing. Exercise helps improve sleep, appetite and releases endorphins, happy hormones! 🤸
Another benefit of being outdoors is the fact that there aren’t any screens. The limited use of screen time 📱 is a great way to keep your brain stimulated in a more natural way.
Eat well together
After spending time in nature and getting some exercise in, it’s important that we fuel our family’s bodies and brains with nutritious food 🥗 and lots of water. Hydration is important for mental wellbeing as it fuels our brains and helps us avoid being dehydrated. By following the general nutrition rules that include staying hydrated, not skipping meals, limiting sugar and being aware of your caffeine and alcohol intake, your family will benefit from fewer mood swings and better mental wellbeing.
It’s a known fact that food brings people together. By prioritising eating together as a family where possible, you have that extra time to talk and connect. You could even try preparing a meal together to let everyone feel involved.
Reflection can be a huge booster when it comes to mental wellbeing. It could help your family act more mindfully and be more aware of their actions. 💭 It’s a great way for us to learn how to deal with conflict and to process our emotions such as anger, sadness and disappointment.
Reflecting together as a family will help you all understand each other’s emotions and mental processes a lot more. This can be done by simply adding a few questions into dinner at the end of the day, or before bedtime such as “what obstacles have you faced today?”, “what was your favourite moment from today?” or “what is something that you’ve learned today?”.
It’s well known that physical contact increases the amount of dopamine in our brains, this is great for mental health as it regulates feelings of pleasure and satisfaction. Hugs 🤗 are the perfect way to calm a stressed or anxious loved one down, they provide comfort, warmth and are an act of love. You could also share back rubs or hold hands, letting someone know that you’re there for them through physical contact is a great idea. It provides a safe and comfortable space between you and your loved one.
Get good quality sleep
If you’re a new parent, you’ve probably realised the value of quality sleep. Good quality sleep is vital for healthy mental wellbeing, it’s essential for our brains to function 🧠 and the only way we can recharge our batteries. Lack of sleep can lead to many mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, that’s why getting good quality sleep for a good duration is vital for you and your family.
By having a solid bedtime routine and morning routine, your family will be able to have a healthy sleep cycle. 💤 Some suggestions that might help you get to sleep earlier are avoiding caffeine ☕️ and sugary sweets 🍬 before bed, switching off any bright screens an hour before sleep and finding ways to wind down.
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