Everyone wants their family to be healthy and happy. Setting goals to become healthier can be a great way to improve your family’s health. You may already have lots of healthy habits, so thinking about how you can keep these up is a great step to take. To help keep up with your goals, try:
• Monitoring your health behaviours. For example, if you’re trying to eat more fruit and veg keep a record of how many you eat each day, or if you are trying to get active keep track of how often you manage at least ten minutes of activity.
• Setting regular reminders on your phone to check in with your goal.
• Thinking about how you might cope at times when things get stressful. Identify ways you can avoid or manage this so you keep working towards your goal.
Check out our video to get more top tips on making changes to your healthy habits and sticking to them – even when things get tough.
Thinking about how your family can eat better or move more is a brilliant way to improve your health. Here are some ideas you could try. Remember to work on just one or two things at a time and celebrate when you have reached your goal!
• Start a food diary and note where you could make healthier choices.
• Plan an hour of screen-free family time every day or a few times a week.
• Try a new kind of exercise which the family can all join in. There are lots of things which are free or cheap to try like running, swimming, walking and dancing.
• Try and increase the number of meals that you make from scratch.
For more ideas on how to get active, check out Family Time and Moving More: *Click Here*.
To find out about a healthy diet, check out Eating Well: *Click Here*.
To find out more about cooking together as a family: *Click Here*.
Looking after our emotional health is just as important as our physical health. As a parent, you help your child to understand the world around them and make sense of their feelings. Planning time out of your busy schedules to look after your family’s wellbeing can help reduce stress and keep you feeling well. You might like to try:
- Going for a short walk together and playing games which help you to notice your surroundings, like I Spy or a scavenger hunt.
- Setting aside 30 minutes to read or talk together.
- Giving meditation or mindfulness a go.
To find out more about your child’s emotional development and wellbeing: *Click Here*.
As a Norfolk parent, you can access free, online learning which helps you to feel more confident about looking after children and young people. It’s easy to get started and you can do it at your own pace.
It is free to access using the Norfolk access code JON70
There is lots more information about your child’s health or development available on JustOneNorfolk.nhs.uk. Remember if you are unsure or just need a bit of help at any point, you can seek support from a range of health professionals. To find out who is the best person to contact *Click Here*.
You can contact our service by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.
If you are 11-19 you can text ChatHealth on 07480635060 for confidential advice from one of our team.