3 step plan for family health
If your back hurts, you probably do a few things (hopefully). You change the way your sleep or start stretching, you might do certain exercises or simply apply heat to the area. You have a problem, you realize it won’t get better without action and you start trying different things to alleviate the pain. Your family’s health is no different, with one exception.
The “small” challenges with family health are easily overlooked in the moment. Unlike your back, these issues do not cause immediate discomfort. However, when left unattended to, the challenges compound, they grow, and by the time you realize how bad they are, they might seem insurmountable.
Don’t freak. All we need to do is slow down, regroup and break it down.
1. Realize something needs to change
Realizing your family CAN be healthier is the first step. Simply taking a non-bias, honest look at how much you move, what you eat and how you communicate with each other is vitally important. If you see any room for improvement at all, then do just that…improve it! Things rarely get better without taking action.
2. Take Action (Small steps)
a. Whoa, talk about a broad uninspiring statement! Stick with me. “Taking action” does not need to be a grand gesture, it doesn’t mean your OVERHAUL your life, it means you make 1 change. Once you make one change, you make another…and so on. Something as simple as only buying 1 box of cookies rather than the usual 2…THAT IS ACTION. Start celebrating the little steps, because even small steps will allow you to travel great distances. We are in this for the LONG HAUL, so start now, start with 1 change, that’s all it takes.
3. Educate the family
a. If you are reading this, I will assume YOU are the one that will be implementing change in your family…you da bomb. You now have a great opportunity to become a tyrant or a teacher in your household. I can give you the information, but YOU need to bring into your life. Forcing this information on kids is a great way to get nowhere, and fast. Once you decide your first change (less cookies, more fruit, less iPad), discuss it with your kid(s). We need them to understand why these changes are worth their time. Simply by projecting a healthy lifestyle as a positive situation can make all the difference.
Try rewording “negative” perceptions into positive attributes:
Less cookies = More energy, better sports performance
Less iPad = More family time, more game nights
Less fast food = More kitchen experiments (cooking)
Less Tv = More walks, bike rides, tree climbing, exploring, getting lost
Kids are little people, they are getting smarter and learning new things daily. We need to support that growth with heathy habits. Focus on today, what small change can be made, what lesson is there to teach, or to learn! Simple changes, daily, become massive life shifting healthy habits that serve your kids well into the future.
Not sure what lessons need to be taught or what changes can be made?
Sometimes it’s helpful to have a 3rd party opinion, an outside resource providing the information in a fun, non-threating way. That is exactly the role BOOST BASICS provides from families around the country.
Change is possible, it’s not as hard as you tell yourself, and it’s more satisfying than you could ever imagine. Let’s do it.
Check out BOOST BASICS course here.