Children, like adults, need to refresh and reset to prepare for the days ahead. Unfortunately, many adults struggle with self-care, so it only makes sense that kids do too. For your kids to have a healthy relationship with self-care, you have to be there to teach it to them. So here are some tips to help you get started.
Be the Role Model Your Kids Need
Show your kids that family should always come first. Family is the first to shelter you and tend to your basic needs. Throughout your life, they serve as a support system you can rely on. Your kids need to feel comfortable with their support system. Depending on a support system is critical when it comes to self-care. Prioritize your children even
when you have busy seasons at work. Always have a plan of attack to ensure your kids receive quality time with you and you do not feel pressured. You may want to be available at bedtime every night or to work in the kitchen or clean up with them. Always plan new experiences so you can look forward to something new. If you did not previously work out, start with programs for beginners. Start with short walks and work your way up
to longer journeys around the neighborhood. Find workouts that you can do with your kids. Consider going on bike rides with your kids or playing sports in the yard together.
Make Physical Activity a Priority
Integrate physical activity into your life as a priority. Encouraging your kids to engage in physical activities and sports they enjoy can help them stay active and healthy. Setting a positive example by being physically active yourself can also encourage your kids to follow suit. If you’re in a walkable neighborhood, even simply leaving the car at home and walking to run some errands can make a difference. Having an active lifestyle as a priority not only benefits their physical health but also boosts their mental health and
reduces the chance of anxiety. Workouts can include learning how to meditate or giving themselves time to reflect on their day while moving. Even cleaning your home can be an opportunity for exercise. Next time you’re organizing their playroom, get the kids involved and turn it into a game.
Instill an Action-Oriented Mindset
Make sure your kids have the tools available for self-care. For example, learn how to provide nutritious meals for the whole family so your kids will one day know how to go out and seek healthy food over unhealthy meals.
Motivate your kids to act healthily by helping them enjoy it. For instance, if you want them to eat healthily or exercise, make it fun for them to seek out.
Find Comprehensive Health Insurance for Your Family
Be proactive about your family’s health with regular doctor visits. When looking for the right health insurance for your family, consider factors such as coverage options, cost, network providers, and any specific healthcare needs you may have. It may also be helpful to compare multiple plans and seek guidance from a healthcare professional or
insurance agent. If your employer doesn’t provide insurance, look for policies through the ACA or Freelancers Union. Physical activity boosts mental and physical health in children and adults alike. Teaching your kids to take action when it comes to caring for themselves can lead them on a path to a fulfilling future. It’s also a good idea to be proactive about your family’s health by finding comprehensive health insurance.