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When we talk home healthy habits, what springs to mind? Washing hands?  Bathroom etiquette? Rubbish in the bin? Keeping rooms tidy? What about healthy habits or rituals that effect our overall health? Mind, body and our entire wellbeing?

As parents and carers, we strive to teach our children to eat well, exercise and get into the sunshine and fresh air. These health principles are echoed at school and childcare to ensure our kids know we are all on the same page. Creating home rituals for the family is a great way to not only ensure your children are given a grounding in some of life’s most important habits.

I have listed my Top 5 rituals to assist in establishing a happy, healthy home.

  1. Bedtime routine. What is your ritual? Are you getting enough sleep? How are you preparing for bed? Just as we establish bedtime routines for our kids, we too should have them. Phones and screens are off and the Wi-Fi is off too. Perhaps reading before bed? Or make time for conversation over a camomile tea while the TV’s off and lights are dimmed. We do this for our kids don’t we? Give yourself the same opportunity to wind down without distractions before bed. Create a new routine for yourself.
  2. Device down days. No phones. No Playstations. No iPads, TVs or Xboxes. We live in a time of constant distraction and it’s not healthy. Not for our body (our heads are down and our spines are bent, for a start) or for our minds which need a break from endless images, alerts and messages. Our connection to one another needs to be far more important than the internet connection, wouldn’t you agree? Establishing this habit whether for a few hours or a whole day is a healthy way to spend some quality time.
  3. Drink more water. Our bodies need water to thrive – not just survive. Is your family getting enough? What change could you make to ensure you add more water into your daily ritual? Are you consuming water when you wake? What about during exercise? Try drinking only water after 6pm. We want our kids to drink more water so again we need to be the example. The cooler months are approaching and it’s easy to forget to consume enough water when we are not hot and thirsty – but thirst means you’re already dehydrated so check your water intake.
  4. We don’t chew our food enough. The digestive process starts when we chew. Make sure you are chewing your food enough (20 times per bite!) this will slow down your meal and allow your digestive system to work with more ease. Mindfully chewing brings out all the flavour in your food. Go slow and teach your kids to do the same. We know they rush to get to the next adventure. But set the example and make eating a process rather than an on-the-go necessity.
  5. Breathe deeply. Get the oxygen into your lungs. Shallow breathing will deprive the body of oxygen to the brain and into our blood. Take the time to check in with your breathing. Are you breathing into your belly or chest? Teaching our kids to slow down and really breathe is a life-long lesson in not only flooding the body with what it needs, but also allowing them the opportunity to step out of the ‘fight or flight’ mode that we all do in this busy lifestyle. Perhaps practice this in the car on the way to school – arrive at your destination more refreshed and less panicked. Trying to take a deeper breath with our head down (looking at devices) is almost impossible. Create the habit of lifting your head, breathing deeply and nourishing your body.
Fe Taylor

Fe Taylor  

Fe Taylor is a passionate health and wellbeing guru. Fe has dedicated her career in fitness, nutrition and wholefood education to help others along their health and fitness journey. Fe is a proud mum to her two boys, Tom and Jude. She is the founder of the Childrens Health & Wellbeing Expo, and currently serves as an ambassador for the chairty Nutrition Plus // www.fetaylor.juiceplus.com.au