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The Connection Between Your Health and Your Connection to Your Kids

Updated: Oct 10, 2023

It's no secret that when you feel good, everyone around you benefits. On the flip side, when you don't feel that great, those around you reap the results as well. If you have kids, you know just how much your good or bad mood can influence them and the entire household atmosphere. This is why it is essential for parents to take good care of themselves.

That being said, feeling good doesn't mean drinking wine and watching television. For parents, feeling good means having the strength and energy to help your kids get through the day from waking up in the morning to going to bed on time at night. This is true for parents of young children who are dependent on them for many of their physical needs, and for parents of older children and teens who turn to their parents for emotional support and guidance.

So what does feeling good mean? It means being healthy, physically, and emotionally.

When you achieve this comprehensive health, your relationship with your children (and everyone else around you) will undoubtedly reap the benefits.

What does being physically and emotionally healthy entail?

According to the QL Index, there are five main spheres of your life that contribute to a healthy individual:

  1. Movement

  2. Sleep

  3. Emotional health

  4. Nutrition

  5. Balance

Let's take a look at what all of these mean and how doing your best in each category can affect your relationship with your children.

MovementMovement includes aerobic exercise and generally being more active than sedentary. The Department of Health and Human Services recommends that healthy adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week. How you divide those minutes up throughout the week is largely up to you. The main thing is that you do it.

The benefits of regular exercise include weight control, elevated mood, stress reduction, improved sleep, and reduced risk of serious physical and emotional diseases. The elevated mood should be especially noted here because, as we said before, when you're in a good mood, all those around you benefit. This is especially true for your children, those closest to you.

Sleep The health benefits of sleep cannot be underestimated. Getting a good night's sleep on a consistent basis can lead to:

  1. Reduced stress

  2. Elevated mood

  3. Improved memory

  4. Reduced risk of certain cancers

  5. Boosted immune system

  6. Lower blood pressure

  7. Weight maintenance

While the health benefits of sleep are many, so are the temptations of staying up late at night. This is especially true for parents, who relish the only quiet time they have in the house. However, despite the temptations, setting a healthy sleep schedule is more important than ever. Instead of waking up and snapping at your kids, you can wake up with renewed energy and patience, two crucial ingredients for a good parent-child relationship.

Emotional HealthTaking control of your emotional health can be challenging, especially for the multi-tasking parent who is so busy taking care of everyone else's needs that they barely have time to ask themselves, "What do I need?" However, taking the time to invest in your emotional health can have tremendous paybacks. You can do this through nurturing your relationships, seeing a mental health professional, spending time outside, or carving out time in your schedule for self-care.

NutritionIf you look in the mirror and don't feel good about yourself, your family members will know it and bear the brunt of your displeasure. Nutrition is crucial in helping you maintain a positive body image, even more so than exercise. Not only will a properly balanced diet help you feel good about the way you look, but it will help you feel good physically. When you reduce the amount of chemicals and sugar you consume, your body simply functions better. Your children, by the way, will learn from the good example you set.

BalanceAfter all is said and done, everyone needs to find the life balance that works for them. This includes the work-life balance, the family-friends balance, the sleep-socialize balance, etc. Since you know yourself best, it's up to you to decide what your priorities are and what can be left until tomorrow. When you achieve a balance that you feel comfortable with, your entire family can enjoy riding on the coattails of your calm and collected demeanor.

Taking Care of Your FamilyAs you can see, when you take care of your health in a comprehensive way, you are also taking care of your family. Another way to take care of your family is to have a life insurance policy in place in case the worst should happen. Unfortunately, even the healthiest, happiest people are not always spared from disaster. Life insurance is the easiest, most efficient way to provide financial protection to your loved ones.

Sproutt insurance advisors are available to help you determine what kind of life insurance is best for you. Simply answer a few questions and we will find the best-value plan for your lifestyle, needs and budget.

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