It gives me great pleasure to introduce Zara @ZaraELewis as a guest blogger on The Parenting Jungle. This lovely lady is also a regular contributor on highstylife.com and we love her easy, engaging style of writing. She shares some great tips on how to become a healthier and happier family…I am trying to follow her ‘Let it Go’ tip (sung in tune to Disney’s Frozen)…
Even though today’s era of hectic lifestyle doesn’t leave us much choice when it comes to healthy habits and life in general, there are certainly some ways to live to the fullest and improve your family’s well-being. Here are ten decisions you need to make in order to live a stress-free and active life, so check them out.
Switch to an Organic Lifestyle
Switching to an organic lifestyle is one of the easiest ways to improve your family’s health and overall well-being. Organics are highly beneficial for you because they are free of toxins that can affect your health even more than you think. Give your kids the best and go green immediately!
Quit Smoking Right Now
Aside from obvious medical reasons, you should quit smoking because of your children – studies show second-hand smoking is particularly harmful for them, since it causes respiratory infections, asthma, and many other diseases. Have this in mind the next time you want to light a cigarette!
Spend More Time in Nature
Spending time in nature is an inevitable part of growing up, so make sure that your children experience the natural wonders at their finest. Take them hiking or bicycle riding out of your town, bring plenty of healthy snacks, and teach them how to connect with nature in the best possible way. They will appreciate that.
Be Active – Stay Healthy
Be a good role model and set a healthy example for your kids. If you are physically active, they will perceive that as the right thing to do, and will start exercising as well. You can even take some classes together at a local gym, if possible. That would be a great start!
Think Outside the Box
Many people are stuck in a rut nowadays, unwilling to change anything in their lives. Spending your life on the couch is way too depressing, so the next time you start making excuses such as “I haven’t got time to go to the gym!” you should immediately get up and do some exercises at home instead. These can be very useful, too!
Do Some Yoga
People all over the globe have gone crazy about this ancient Hindu philosophy for a good reason. Aside from perfecting your posture and improving blood pressure, practicing it can help you reduce your stress levels and feel much more confident in your own skin. It is even suitable for children, and you can do it together at home. Online yoga lessons are perfect for that purpose.
Let Your Inner Child Out
Even though it may sound silly, you really should let your inner child out from time to time. This means that sometimes you just have to relax and let everything go with the flow. There is a huge pile of clothes that need to be ironed? These can wait a little longer. However, life will not wait for you to take part in it. Spend more time goofing around with your family, and that will instantly boost your mood.
No matter what happens in your life, it is crucial that you stay positive. Maintaining such an attitude will help you get over problems much quicker, which will help you stay healthy and focused. After all, it’s no use crying over spilt milk, right?
Let It Go
If it’s not meant to be – it’s not meant to be. You have to realise that things don’t always go as planned, and learning to let go is the best thing you can do for yourself and your health. Be reasonable and you will see an instant improvement.
Laughter is the best medicine that increases happiness and connects people. It lowers stress hormones, relaxes muscles, improves your mood, and eases anxiety. Does it get better than that? We don’t think so! Laugh until your belly hurts as often as possible, and everything will be just fine!
Improving your lifestyle and living to the fullest definitely require determination and hard work, however, you can manage all of that if you are determined to do the best for your family. Remember: if you can dream it, you can achieve it, that’s for sure!