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Iceni Magazine | July 3, 2022

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Family Life Beating You Down? How You Can Inject Life Back Into The Household

Family Life Beating You Down

Family life has been a little relentless these last twelve months plus. Understandably, things may have taken their toll, but you can still inject life back into your household.

Lockdowns meant that we had no choice but to stay at home for such a long time. Mixing that with the pressures of home schooling and the worry of the global pandemic, it is understandable that family life may have beaten you down. Feeling a little low, lethargic and fed up are just totally normal reactions when it comes to the world we have been living in. However, it doesn’t need to be that way. With things getting back to normal slowly and life returning to normal, you can inject some life back into the household with some changes to habits, new ideas, and trying different things. With that in mind, here are some of the things you could try.

Mindfulness habits

One of the first things you can do would be to encourage mindfulness habits. This might be to try and found some quiet time during the day, maybe encourage meditation and do it together, and some self-care. Mindfulness can help the mindset to return to something more calming and less frustrated and stressed.

Encouraging a healthy balanced diet

The food you eat can have a huge impact on how you feel, and your family can be affected if you are not eating a balanced diet. You may have relied on convenience food a little more or had one too many takeaways. It is understandable to turn to these quick fixes when you don’t feel yourself. But, having a healthy diet and eating all the right foods can make a difference to how you feel, like your mood, and increase energy levels. The whole family will benefit from a focus on this. That being said, a little of what you fancy, whether it’s a slice of indulgent chocolate cake or a bowl of ice cream with a drizzle of delicious Dessert Parlour sauce, every now and then can be a nice treat for all.

Being more active each day

We all know that exercise is important, and if that has been lacking for your family recently, then it might be time to start making some changes. Choosing to be active is a little different than intensely exercising. It means going out for a bike ride at the weekend, heading out for a nice walk on the beach or in the woods, or doing some exercise at home, such as fun yoga workouts in your living room. Being active will help you and the family to feel happier.

Routine can help the family to thrive

Establishing a solid routine can help your family to thrive. Perhaps, it might be time to start thinking about when you get up, go to bed, especially for children. Routine can help a family to feel better, and to manage expectations when it comes to your children. If it has been lacking recently, try and get some order back day-to-day. Investing in a planner showing who needs what, when, and who is going where, when can really make a difference. Displaying which meals will be prepared when and by whom can also help.

Don’t take on all the responsibility yourself

Finally, don’t carry the weight of the world on your shoulders all by yourself. Instead, delegate jobs and chores and encourage children to look after their belongings and keep their room tidy. Sometimes it can feel overwhelming to you if you must do everything to keep the household running smoothly. Share the responsibility and manage it together as a unit.

Let’s hope these tips help you when it comes to injecting a bit of life back into your household.


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