Everyone wants their family to be healthy and happy. You may already have lots of healthy habits, but there’s always room to improve. Even those who are confident in managing their family’s health can find this difficult during times of stress or change. You might want to plan for these times by:
• 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.
• Noting the signs that you or your child are feeling stressed and having a plan for when you notice this.
• Planning in opportunities to rest and recharge.
• Remember to keep going after a setback. It’s normal to slip up sometimes and missing a day or even a week out of routine won’t stop you reaching your goal. Get back on track as soon as you can.
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.
It’s important to keep thinking about how your family can maintain a healthy lifestyle – even when you are very busy or things are tough. Here are some ideas which might help you to keep up your healthy habits:
- Keep healthy snacks out on the counter and easy to grab. You could also try preparing healthy snacks to grab from the fridge, like carrots and hummus or chopped peppers.
- Get the whole family involved in cooking, so everyone knows how to make a healthy meal.
- Mix up your routine by trying a new recipe or kind of exercise to keep things interesting.
- Build exercise into your daily routine by parking further away and walking or scheduling a regular activity with friends.
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. Emotions like fear, anger and sadness can be especially difficult for children to understand. Watch the videos below to learn more about how you can help your child manage stress and anger.
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.
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