How Your Family Can Live Healthier and Reduce Tension
The COVID-19 pandemic has put unprecedented strain on families all over the world. While there is nothing new about household tension when you have kids, the fears and restrictions that have come with the pandemic have exacerbated existing issues and led to new ones for many families.
The question is, what do you do to reduce stress and add fulfillment to your everyday lives when you are self-isolating? Les Kidz has provided some practical tips for how you can start making healthy changes in your household today!
Adults spend a lot of their time at their jobs. If your career is unfulfilling or your workload overwhelming, chances are it is going to affect your home life at some level. Start thinking about changes you can make at work, whether that means taking some time off, working through issues with coworkers, or asking your boss to adjust your workload.
If you are a business owner, manager, or have another leadership role in your company, Zenbusiness notes that you might be under even more stress. Be sure to prioritize work-life balance. Learning to delegate tasks, making use of your vacation breaks, and taking short breaks throughout the workday are a few ways you can improve your work and home life.
A lot of household issues derive from unclear or lack of communication. Try having conversations with your kids to learn what kind of circumstances they are experiencing, what they are feeling and thinking, and what activities they would consider being fun. You could get a month’s worth of fun family activity ideas in just five minutes of talking to your toddler!
Take Control of Screen Time
Nature-Deficit Disorder is a real condition that is impacting countless children across the country. While technology has its advantages, kids are generally spending way too much time staring at a screen these days.
Consider bucking the trend and placing strict limits on your child’s access to the TV, tablet, and computer. You don’t have to cut it out completely, of course, but try to be mindful of how electronic devices can impact your child; many experts recommend older children should get no more than one or two hours of screen time a day, and younger children less. At Les Kidz, we don’t use screens to teach and entertain children, with the exception of a twenty-minute yoga video once or twice a week.
Spending time in nature can do wonders for relieving household tension and stress. Evaluate your backyard to see how you can better set it up for safe, fun activities. Maybe that means putting a fence around your property or cleaning up garden tools and other types of yard clutter. Check for any poisonous plants that have made their way onto your property.
Once you’ve created a safe space, consider all the nature activities you can do without even leaving your home. For instance, you can teach your child how to identify native plants or set up an easel to create a backyard art project. You could do a backyard ecosystem project or a microhike in your yard and neighborhood. You could also set up camp in your backyard while telling stories and stargazing at night.
If you run out of things to do at home, consider taking your family to a nearby park for a picnic or walk. Spend your Saturday hiking a local trail or riding horseback on an equestrian trail. Just research your area to learn about fun outdoor activities.
If your family has been experiencing heightened tension in your household, there are steps you can take to reduce it. Make any necessary changes in your job, and talk to your kids about what they’ve been going through and activities they would enjoy. Consider limiting their screen time, and spend as much time outdoors together as you can. Lastly, keep looking for other ways you can reduce stress and add fulfillment to your everyday lives.
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