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Make Family Health The Focus of Your New Year

Make Family Health The Focus of Your New Year

Make Family Health The Focus of Your New Year

Make Family Health The Focus of Your New Year

As the year 2018 comes to a close, many of us find ourselves reflecting on the goals we accomplished and our hopes for the future. This year was no doubt a big one for you, since it marked the occasion when you found out your family would soon grow to include a new little one (or maybe even two!).

With a new baby on the way, your reflections about your 2019 resolutions may center around family and togetherness. Here’s our top-3 list of “family-friendly” health resolutions that you may want to discuss with your partner, children, and all the folks in your family.

  1. Less evening screen time for better sleep
    When was the last time you sat down as a family and talked without any screens getting in the way? Screens affect both our family connections, and our individual health. Consider making a change to how you and your family members use screens in the evening. The National Sleep Foundation recommends a digital curfew of two hours before bedtime, and research has shown that evening screen use delays your body’s internal clock, suppresses the release of the melatonin (a hormone that induces sleep) – which makes it more difficult to fall asleep. Even once you fall asleep, the effects of the blue light screens emit will lead to less restful sleep. Are you experiencing digital withdraw at just the thought? You can start small. Try turning off your devices 30 minutes before bedtime, and take baby steps from there. Now that you’ve got some free time, why not invest it in family connections? Play a quick card game, read a book with your little one, have a relaxed conversation with your partner – the possibilities are endless and wonderful!
     
  2. Family dinners
    Let’s back up a bit. If the idea of turning in the cell phone for family dinners has you thinking, “uh, what family dinner?” we may need to go back to the basics. And trust us, there’s no judgement here! Between work deadlines, going to the gym (ha!), school pickups and social engagements, it’s easy for family dinners to go by the wayside. If this is a value that you want to focus on in 2019, remember, start small! Instead of committing to seven nights a week of quality family time at the dinner table, how about starting with a Tuesday-night only commitment? There’s usually not too much going on a Tuesday. Too tired to cook? Maybe you could start a new tradition called “Tuesday Takeout Night.” Put family-favorite restaurant names in a jar, pull one out each Tuesday, and phone in the order. Presto-dinner! Still can’t pull it off? There’s always Saturday morning family breakfast – it’s not the time of day that matters, it’s the focus on family. You can make this happen.
     
  3. Fun and games
    Now that we’ve talked about putting away the phones and eating your vegetables (or takeout), how about we have a little fun? Take a minute to think about it. When you aren’t attending another baby shower or taking turns schlepping the dog to the vet, what do you do for fun? What do you wish you were doing for fun? Maybe seeing new releases at an actual brick and mortar theater is your thing. Maybe you and your partner enjoy playing a game of pool at the place down the street. Maybe going for early morning hikes is what really helps you reconnect. If this baby isn’t your first, spending time together might look like heading to the playground or hosting a backyard barbecue. It’s easy to fall into a rut and just fulfill the obligations on the calendar. But take some time to really think about it: if you had a truly free afternoon, how would you actually like to spend it as a family? We’ll stick with our mantra of “start small” here too – put just one activity a month on your and your family member’s calendars – and treat it just like that dental cleaning or weekly team meeting. Once you commit, make it non-negotiable. You’ll be glad you did!

2019 already looks amazing for you and your family with that new little one scheduled to arrive this year (or who may have already made an early appearance!) We hope you can carve out a little time to celebrate the good times from the year past and focus on some hopes and dreams for the future.

 

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