I’m clutching onto the last thread of summer and not ready to let go. After all, we go from “school’s out” and that wonderful sense of freedom that includes relaxing at extended family vacations, basking in the warm sun, enjoying the lazy days of summer into a brand new school year. The transition seems far more dramatic than December 31st as we ring in the New Year during the gloomy months of winter. I think we have our calendars mixed up; the New Year and all it’s change and resolutions should come in September when school begins. It’s all about fresh start- clean lockers, new teachers and new schools. When I hear Labor Day my brain kicks into action and tells me to get re-energized and gear up to get organized. This is a perfect time in our year to think about old habits and routines and incorporate positive changes in our lives. New Years resolutions may come and go but top on the list is usually good health. Given a choice of winning a million dollars or having good health I’m sure we would all stop for a moment and then agree good health is priceless. What’s a Mom or Dad to do?
You can’t put those little angels of yours under a glass jar forever. They have to be given a chance to fall down and scrape their knees, dig in the dirt in the school playground and even catch a bug or two. Healthcare costs are soaring and every time your child misses a day of school it causes a ripple effect that impacts all of our lives. They miss the lesson of the day and you have to coordinate coverage at work or at home and then the Dr. visit. It all costs time and money and aggravation. For us adults, staying healthy is put on the back burner and we often neglect to take care of ourselves. Staying healthy involves getting sleep, eating a healthy diet and implementing some simple tricks to help improve the overall home environmental conditions in your home and your family’s health. For this post, I am going to simply give you three basic categories to think about. You may not be able to do it all so hone in on at least one good tip and stick with it.
Try to get at least eight hours of sleep a night. Children need more. Avoid using electronic devices before bed- time as the flashing lights stimulate the brain and make it difficult to fall asleep. When children are preparing for bed, dim the lights. Set up a routine for a healthy bedtime ritual for you and your children. Come up with a realistic amount of time to get through the routine and have a start time to stay on track and not derail your plan.
Most of us try and take advantage of the warmer months and enjoy healthy walks, bike rides and various outdoor activities. Make a plan to invest 30 – 60 minutes a day or at least 10,000 steps a day to stay heart healthy during the colder more hectic months of fall and winter. You can do it, park your car further away and take the stairs when possible.
Eat preferably organic fresh fruits and vegetables (a rainbow of colors). Eating enough protein rich foods (like chicken, eggs, milk, seeds and nuts) can strengthen the red blood cells that ultimately strengthen your immune system. Drink plenty of water and avoid soda and processed foods.
Here’s to a Healthy New School Year!
May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!