8 Ways for Parents to Take Control of Their Health This Spring


role of parents in a child’s life family of 4 walking on a beach towards the ocean at sundown with their backs to the camera Middle Class DadEvery parent wants to provide for their children to the best of their ability. To ensure that you have the energy and resources to fuel mother or fatherhood, you must maintain good health. When individuals lead healthy lifestyles, they protect the future well-being of their families.

These actions also provide a model of good health for children to follow. If you advocate for your well-being in front of your kids, they will be more likely to take their health seriously as well. There are eight ways that you can tend to your health this spring to improve your parenting abilities.

1. Sleep

If you have a newborn, you are familiar with the harms of sleep deprivation. Some signs that you may need to improve your sleep schedule to better your health are:

  • it takes you 30 minutes or more to fall asleep.
  • you wake up more than once a night.
  • your skin is breaking out, and your eyes are puffy.
  • you have difficulty concentrating during the day.

You can improve your sleep by developing a consistent bedtime routine. It may also help to rearrange your bedroom to limit morning light exposure and maximize comfort. Different individuals need varying amounts of sleep. You can explore how diverse sums of sleep affect your concentration by keeping a journal.

2. Mental Health

Parenting can be mentally overwhelming. Maintaining a positive mindset can feel challenging at times. When we cater to our mental health, we can improve our ability to handle stress and decision-making.

If you are struggling with your ability to feel optimistic, manage daily tasks and combat stress, it may be time to visit a therapist. Talking to a professional is an effective way to improve your mental health. When you cater to your psychological well-being, you can improve your ability to parent.

3. Exercise

If you are having trouble physically keeping up with your children, it may be a sign to increase your daily exercise. Working out regularly can improve your strength, endurance and lower your risk for certain diseases.

You can ensure that you meet your body’s exercise needs by engaging in 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity five times a week. If you have less available time to work out, you can exercise vigorously for 20 to 60 minutes three times a week. It may be time to switch up your practice if you work out regularly and are bored with your exercise routines.

If you spend 15 minutes walking on the treadmill to warm up at the gym, try adopting a shorter, high-intensity start. For parents who feel uncomfortable at the gym, try exercising outside by cycling or running. Whatever workout routine you choose, ensure that you practice it regularly.

4. Nutrition

Your consumption patterns also affect your health and well-being. Maintaining adequate nutrition can reduce your risk for heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer and osteoporosis. It can also:

  • limit your risk for high blood pressure.
  • lower high cholesterol.
  • improve your immune system.
  • Increase your energy levels.

If you struggle to meet your daily nutrition needs and experience low energy levels, you may benefit from visiting a dietician. Individuals who toil with weight gain or loss, bloating, stomach pain, frequent diarrhea or constipation should schedule an appointment immediately. Improving your consumption patterns can help your kids consume a healthy diet.

5. Skin Care

Before hitting the beaches this summer, you should take a trip to your local dermatologist. Less than 20% of Americans visit the dermatologist for their annual appointment. You can lower your risk of skin cancer and improve any topical complications by scheduling an appointment today.

6. Dental Hygiene

Many adults push their dental hygiene on the back burner due to a lack of medical awareness. Only 58% of individuals visit their dentist annually. Professionals recommend that you see an oral professional biannually for cleanings and checkups.

Your mouth is bacteria’s main access point to your body. If you fail to maintain proper dental hygiene, you increase your risks for high blood pressure, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis and pneumonia. Rather than waiting for these adverse health effects to develop, you can schedule a spring cleaning and protect your ability to parent without complications.

7. Life Insurance

Taking care of your health involves more than scheduling appointments. You can improve the health and well-being of your entire family by investing in a life insurance plan. Many individuals stress about the future of their family in the event of their deaths.

Life insurance policies provide financial assistance to your loved ones after your passing. You pay a small monthly or yearly premium and begin to feel your anxiety dissipate. With this insurance policy, you can rest assured that you have done all you can to protect your family.

8. Family History

An interesting and intelligent way to prevent yourself from future diseases is to explore your family tree. Families typically present one chronic and hereditary illness, like cancer, diabetes or heart disease. When researching your lineage, it is vital to track everyone’s health records.

Ask your family members or parents about illnesses they know of in the family. If you have loved ones who are unresponsive or deceased, you can reach out to their medical providers to access their records.

Where to Start

Spring cleaning can extend beyond our living space. We can use this time to rid our bodies of impurities as well as our homes. You can start by scheduling a general checkup to examine your body for significant wellness concerns. When you prioritize your health, you maximize your ability to care for your children.

 

 

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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