Your family’s wellbeing is likely to be one of the most important factors in your life. Having positive family wellbeing means that each member of your family is better able to handle life’s daily challenges, is more likely to communicate with each other when things aren’t going so well, and is able to enjoy time together.
A focus on family wellbeing and good emotional health will help your family feel more confident. Improved wellbeing brings greater self-esteem which is likely to bring you all closer together. Family and individual wellbeing is as important as your physical health, so it’s important that you do what you can to support your family’s health. To help, we’ve come up with ten wellbeing ideas for families to help you make a start.
10 wellbeing ideas for families
1. Eat together
Research conducted last year showed that around a third of children eat their dinner in front of the TV instead of at the dinner table. Families who sit down together at the dinner table get the chance to share details about their lives, and any concerns they might have. For parents, it’s a good way to keep in touch with what’s going on in your children’s lives through a set time each day that your children will become familiar with. While it can difficult to get everyone together because of busy schedules, eating together can be an enjoyable way to spend time together.
2. Switch off from technology
Being too reliant on technology can be an issue for both adults and children, with social media in particular being a cause of low self-esteem in people of all ages. If your family tend to sit around glued to their mobile phones or tablet devices, it’s time to make some new rules. Plan a family TV or movie night and make sure everyone puts their devices in a bowl, so that everyone gets a bit of a break. Stopping device use an hour before bed could also help you all sleep better, so try to encourage everyone to leave their phones and tablets downstairs when they go to bed.
3. Cook together
Nutrition is an important part of staying healthy, but many families don’t have the time to eat a home cooked meal every night. Many families rely on convenience food and takeaways, which is something that can have a negative effect on your waistline as well as your mental health. Encourage some family bonding by cooking together. Having everyone pitch in makes less work and teaches your kids important life skills, such as household chores and the importance of everyone doing their bit. Focus on cooking healthy recipes using fresh ingredients and enjoy making tasty meals together.
4. Get outdoors
Does your family get enough exercise? Exercise is another important factor for mental and physical wellbeing, so you should do what you can to get the family more active. Try going for a family walk before or after dinner. During weekends you can make these walks much longer or perhaps enjoy a family bike ride. Even time spent in the garden can be good for your mental health, so playing some games together could help you all get the physical activity you need.
5. Get a pet
A family pet can make a significant difference to your family’s emotional wellbeing. Whether you get a cat or a dog or other type of animal, a pet could bring you all closer together, helping you bond as you all care for and love another type of being that needs everyones care and attention. Pets have been shown to have a number of mental health benefits, including improving social skills, combating loneliness and helping children who suffer with conditions such as autism and even ADHD. Getting a pet is a big responsibility, so make sure your family is truly ready for one before you commit to giving a pet a home.
6. Keep your home tidy
The saying, ‘tidy room, tidy mind’ is actually more relevant than you might think. Keeping your home tidy not only helps in creating a pleasant environment, but it could help to improve your family’s wellbeing too. Research shows that decluttering and keeping a tidy home can improve anxiety and stress, and doing so regularly can keep your mental health in check. Encouraging the kids to keep their rooms tidy will teach them about responsibility and help them to develop good habits. Keeping the home tidy should be the whole family’s responsibility, so make sure that everyone pitches in.
7. Develop good money habits
Money can be a serious cause of concern for families, and even kids can be affected by the stress and tension that financial worries can have on the family. If you’re in debt, or you’re finding it difficult to make it to the end of the month, then you need to learn how to budget. Budgeting is a great way to help you better manage your money, and can identify areas where you waste it, such as on food that doesn’t get eaten or expensive subscriptions. Set a monthly and weekly budget to help you better manage your family’s finances, and make sure you put some aside for a rainy day too.
8. Put your mind at ease with life insurance
Life can be unexpected, and having plans in place for family emergencies is a good way to ease any concerns or anxiety you might have about the future. Life insurance can help give you the assurance that your family will be taken care of should something happen, giving you one less thing to worry about. ESMI have some great life insurance policies starting from £9.56 a month, to help you get the right cover for your family.
9. Take a break
We all need to a break now and then to help us truly relax and give our minds a rest from the challenges of work and school. Family trips and holidays are a good way to take a break from it all and relax together. When you are away together, make sure that you all switch off from work and school and simply enjoy being together. Family holidays can be expensive, but you don’t need to go somewhere exotic to have a great time together – keep an eye out for deals and offers that will lower the cost so that you can all have a well-deserved break.
10. Talk to each other
Talking to each other about your problems can help address any concerns a family member might have, so it’s important that you encourage an open household that doesn’t judge. Kids and teenagers can find it difficult to open up to their parents about their problems, so make sure that you encourage them to talk to you when they need it.
Taking care of your family’s wellbeing can help ease the stress and anxiety that might lead to more serious mental health problems. Taking steps to improve your family’s emotional health with the wellbeing ideas above could really help to improve your own individual outlook and bring your family closer together.