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4 Tricks To Ensure Your Family’s Well Being

4 Tricks To Ensure Your Family’s Well Being

Being young our main motivation to the gym was to bulk up and turn into a mini Arnold Schwarzenegger but as we mature and turn into adulthood our view towards total lifestyle changes. When we are with family, we tend to prioritize overall health more then maintaining a certain image. As our priorities change, so does our view towards food and fitness .

How do you create the same mindset for your family?  How do you influence their health in ways that will really last?  Many have had these questions, and some go so far as to splurge on expensive vitamins for their children, or to sign their family up for fitness classes. Instead of going to this extreme however, there are other ways to subtly encourage a healthy lifestyle for your family.

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    1. Create A Spacious Environment

    When you’ve been living a life as an individual person; we are surrounded with unprecedented freedom and we are only responsible for ourselves . We don’t have a family or tiny children to tend too , hence living in an apartment the size of a shoe box is quite good enough.

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    When you start building a family however, then you often need to increase your space. Having enough space is something which I personally find essential to maintaining a healthy household. Creating extra space as well as opening up new rooms for entertainment and time off can encourage your family’s psychological health.

    For example, by adding an orangery or conservatory you’ll be able to create your own room for relaxation. With enough natural light and a hobby to indulge in, your stress would seem manageable and you would be in a better mood. Such a peaceful space could also be combined with a room for yoga or stretching, boosting emotional as well as physical well-being.

    In a long run, having enough space in your home invites peace and harmony, and helps it to become a sanctuary of trust.

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      2. Emphasize Balanced Eating

      Food is an essential part of our lives, and it is important to understand what nutrients we need to keep our mind and body in balance. Therefore, food is something crucial for any family to keep a base of harmony and peace.

      As a parent or an adult family member, it’s important for you to emphasize healthy eating. However, the common mistake people often make is assuming healthy foods can only consist of an array of bland, bitter, green foods.

      Food, however, has a vast array of flavors and health properties. If you take some time to invest in it you may discover a variety of delicious and healthy foods you can make in the kitchen as a family activity. You could also have fun playing with global cuisines to learn about different cultures and find foods that your family will love. The kitchen is a great  avenue for you and your family to enjoy healthy food as well as spend some quality time together. After all, isn’t food a way to bring everyone together?

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        3. Ensure the Home Gets Lots of Sunlight

        Any home is improved by having lots of natural sunlight coming in through windows or skylights. While artificial light can provide the shade and the amount of light that’s needed, natural light nourishes your skin as well as your immune system.

        In several scientific studies, it’s been concluded children in homes that’s more exposed to natural light have shown to have a higher metabolism and are much more active compared to children who are sheltered from natural light.

        Some ways you could incorporate natural light in your home is by adding more windows or converting some of your roof into glass panels. If you find yourself limited in space, this can be an option to create an open home surrounded by natural light.

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          4. Make Sports A Family Occasion

          Finally, the key to any family is staying fit. If you look into many reality series from around the world, you often notice most families don’t prioritize on keeping fit and maintaining at least a minimum amount of exercise. Often times if you notice, these families are rather unhappy and miserable.

          A healthy body leads to a healthier mind, hence is the reason why food and exercise go hand in hand in maintaining a happy family. For a busy family, everyday workout sessions may be difficult hence take some time during the weekend for a long swim or a beautiful hike.

          Head towards the countryside for some beautiful exploring and biking. These kinds of energizing activities can help create a closer and loving family, and are often more fun and easier for children to accept than long structured workouts. Why not stay healthy while building memories together?

          In Conclusion

          A family is as strong as its core values. If you’re able to instill positive core values, encourage a healthy lifestyle,  and keep a higher morale in your household then you will be well on your way to a dream come true- a happy family.

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          Last Updated on February 21, 2019

          The Secret to Effective Conflict Resolution: The IBR Approach

          The Secret to Effective Conflict Resolution: The IBR Approach

          In business, in social relationships, in family… In whatever context conflict is always inevitable, especially when you are in the leader role. This role equals “make decisions for the best of majority” and the remaining are not amused. Conflicts arise.

          Conflicts arise when we want to push for a better quality work but some members want to take a break from work.

          Conflicts arise when we as citizens want more recreational facilities but the Government has to balance the needs to maintain tourism growth.

          Conflicts are literally everywhere.

          Avoiding Conflicts a No-No and Resolving Conflicts a Win-Win

          Avoiding conflicts seem to be a viable option for us. The cruel fact is, it isn’t. Conflicts won’t walk away by themselves. They will, instead, escalate and haunt you back even more when we finally realize that’s no way we can let it be.

          Moreover, avoiding conflicts will eventually intensify the misunderstanding among the involved parties. And the misunderstanding severely hinders open communication which later on the parties tend to keep things secret. This is obviously detrimental to teamwork.

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          Some may view conflicts as the last step before arguments. And they thus leave it aside as if they never happen. This is not true.

          Conflicts are the intersect point between different individuals with different opinions. And this does not necessarily lead to argument.

          Instead, proper handling of conflicts can actually result in a win-win situation – both parties are pleased and allies are gained. A better understanding between each other and future conflicts are less likely to happen.

          The IBR Approach to Resolve Conflicts

          Here, we introduce to you an effective approach to resolve conflicts – the Interest-Based Relational (IBR) approach. The IBR approach was developed by Roger Fisher and William Ury in their 1981 book Getting to Yes. It stresses the importance of the separation between people and their emotions from the problem. Another focus of the approach is to build mutual understanding and respect as they strengthen bonds among parties and can ultimately help resolve conflicts in a harmonious way. The approach suggests a 6-step procedure for conflict resolution:

          Step 1: Prioritize Good Relationships

          How? Before addressing the problem or even starting the discussion, make it clear the conflict can result in a mutual trouble and through subsequent respectful negotiation the conflict can be resolved peacefully. And that brings the best outcome to the whole team by working together.

          Why? It is easy to overlook own cause of the conflict and point the finger to the members with different opinions. With such a mindset, it is likely to blame rather than to listen to the others and fail to acknowledge the problem completely. Such a discussion manner will undermine the good relationships among the members and aggravate the problem.

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          Example: Before discussion, stress that the problem is never one’s complete fault. Everyone is responsible for it. Then, it is important to point out our own involvement in the problem and state clearly we are here to listen to everyone’s opinions rather than accusing others.

          Step 2: People Are NOT the Cause of Problem

          How? State clearly the problem is never one-sided. Collaborative effort is needed. More importantly, note the problem should not be taken personally. We are not making accusations on persons but addressing the problem itself.

          Why? Once things taken personally, everything will go out of control. People will become irrational and neglect others’ opinions. We are then unable to address the problem properly because we cannot grasp a fuller and clearer picture of the problem due to presumption.

          Example: In spite of the confronting opinions, we have to emphasize that the problem is not a result of the persons but probably the different perspectives to view it. So, if we try to look at the problem from the other’s perspective, we may understand why there are varied opinions.

          Step 3: Listen From ALL Stances

          How? Do NOT blame others. It is of utmost importance. Ask for everyone’s opinions. It is important to let everyone feel that they contribute to the discussion. Tell them their involvement is essential to solve the problem and their effort is very much appreciated.

          Why? None wants to be ignored. If one feels neglected, it is very likely for he/she to be aggressive. It is definitely not what we hope to see in a discussion. Acknowledging and being acknowledged are equally important. So, make sure everyone has equal opportunity to express their views. Also, realizing their opinions are not neglected, they will be more receptive to other opinions.

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          Example: A little trick can played here: Invite others to talk first. It is an easy way to let others feel involved and ,more importantly, know their voices are heard. Also, we can show that we are actively listening to them by giving direct eye-contact and nodding. One important to note is that never interrupt anyone. Always let them finish first beforeanother one begins.

          Step 4: Listen Comes First, Talk Follows

          How? Ensure everyone has listened to one another points of view. It can be done by taking turn to speak and leaving the discussion part at last. State once again the problem is nothing personal and no accusation should be made.

          Why? By turn-taking, everyone can finish talking and voices of all sides can be heard indiscriminantly. This can promote willingness to listen to opposing opinions.

          Example: We can prepare pieces of paper with different numbers written on them. Then, ask different members to pick one and talk according to the sequence of the number. After everyone’s finished, advise everyone to use “I” more than “You” in the discussion period to avoid others thinking that it is an accusation.

          Step 5: Understand the Facts, Then Address the Problem

          How? List out ALL the facts first. Ask everyone to tell what they know about the problems.

          Why? Sometimes your facts are unknown to the others while they may know something we don’t. Missing out on these facts could possibly lead to inaccurate capture of the problem. Also, different known facts can lead to different perception of the matter. It also helps everyone better understand the problem and can eventually help reach a solution.

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          Example: While everyone is expressing their own views, ask them to write down everything they know that is true to the problem. As soon as everyone has finished, all facts can be noted and everyone’s understanding of the problem is raised.

          Step 6: Solve the Problem Together

          How? Knowing what everyone’s thinking, it is now time to resolve the conflict. Up to this point, everyone should have understood the problem better. So, it is everyone’s time to suggest some solutions. It is important not to have one giving all the solutions.

          Why? Having everyone suggesting their solutions is important as they will not feel excluded and their opinions are considered. Besides, it may also generate more solutions that can better resolve the conflicts. Everyone will more likely be satisfied with the result.

          Example: After discussion, ask all members to suggest any possible solutions and stress that all solutions are welcomed. State clearly that we are looking for the best outcomes for everyone’s sake rather than battling to win over one another. Then, evaluate all the solutions and pick the one that is in favor of everyone.

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