HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
Both my husband and I are working parents. Our children go to tuition centre every day after school, so whenever they reached home and after they took their baths, the first thing they do is grab some cookies or junk foods. My 10 years old daughter is a picky eater, she normally just eat soup with rice while my teenage son loves everything. We often eat outside due to our busy schedule and sometimes get the fast food delivery to our home.
The only time we can spend time is on Saturday but sometimes there are activities in their school and other functions we need to attend. With their busy schedule, I allow them play with computer and smart phone but only on Friday night and they will hand it back to me on Sunday.
IMPROVING HEALTH AND WELLNESS
THE ACTION PLAN
We cannot control all circumstances of our lives, we accept what beyond our control but we have to act on what can be control. I believe there is still always ways to improve my family health and wellness. Here is some list that I have plan;
It is not we have no time but we did not make some time for activities but I did not manage our time well. The first thing on my list is to manage our family time.
I already feel guilty for providing my children junk food in the shelf. I will start planning for a healthier meal diet for my family. There will be more vegetables, fish and nutrients foods on the menu. Less taking fast food and will be cooking healthier recipe, such as steam or soup.
According to Dr. Jullian Jessel (Well Being, page. 154) Regular exercise makes the metabolism more active, so calories are burned more quickly even when you are not exercising. It also stimulates the production of natural mind-calming chemicals in the blood. Most people find that exercise improves their mental powers and gives them more energy, and helps them to solve or put problems into perspective.
We use to walk at the recreational park but with our busy schedule, we have lots excuses not to exercise. I will make sure my family will have once a week walk in the park or other outdoor activity and will be starting doing yoga and brain gym at least 3 times a week.
More Quality Time, Less Gadget
I admit that I had less quality time with my family especially my children lately, allowing them playing with gadget is making it worse. I am not against gadget or video games but I will reduce their time and let them explore their hobbies more. Both my children loves art, there will be ‘art time’ at home, let them express their emotions through art and allowing them to share their thoughts.
Join Volunteering Club
Education is important but as parents, I believe social skills are equally important to instilled good value in children. Joining volunteering club will not teach them how to share and help others but will give them the sense of happiness.
It is good to reflect on our family health and wellness, as we can check what is wrong and what to be improved. As for me, regardless of my busy schedule, allowing my children play with gadget and buying fast food frequently already makes me feel quilt.
To improve my family health and wellness, I will manage our time, eat healthier meal, exercise more, spend more quality time, attending music class together at studio one artist and join volunteering club. Not only my family helps each other but also sharing to others too.
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