Whether your family is blended, adopted, or singledbased, we all need family wellness. The pandemic has certainly provided a different perception of what family wellness means. What is your family routine and rituals? Do you have game night? Is there a family day designated of doing at least one activity sacred to all family members? A family-centered approach should be a condition of family wellness. Based on a review of family research and conceptual literature, prominent factors of resilient families include: positive outlook, spirituality, family member accord, flexibility, family communication, financial management, family time, shared recreation, routines and rituals, and support networks. A family resilience focus, based on the conviction that all families have inherent strengths and the potential for growth and a sense of family protective instincts. Families should foster resilience.
Improve Family Wellness:
Eat meals together
Healthy bedtime and sleep habits
Develop Game night
Preserve family memories with photos and scrap books
Visit or call relatives Simplify your family schedule
Activity chosen by each family member weekly, monthly
Yearly vacation together
Extracurricular activities as a family
Spiritual bonding together
Supportive health initiatives yearly
Regular family meetings
Reduce toxins, clutter and bad
mojo at home
Four Effective Steps to Family Wellness
Develop effective communication skills
Respectful communication is the key. Be open to share with one another without shame or resentment. The ability to maintain an open relationship and communication can help build trust without criticism.
Routine Health Appointments
Your family needs to have regular yearly health appointments. Medical, dental, and overall women’s and men’s health should be a factor in decision making. Safety for children is also a priority. Social and emotional changes can occur, so providing family support and wellness is important.
Quality Family Time
Make family time a priority. Offer every family member the chance to decide on a family activity. Be apart of the parent-teacher organization or volunteer to assist at your child’s school. Improving bonding between family and your community.
Be kind and discuss family concerns. Be conscious of the role of the parent and the child. Children want some freedom but make sure safety is first. Provide a role model and guidance for your children and grandchildren. Parents are there to protect their children, despite at times they feel just the opposite. Try to stay calm in every situation and find ways to reconciliation quickly without resentment. If professional help is needed, please consider. The key to improving family wellness is taking it one step at a time. Simple changes can make all the difference. Each one will help you to produce new, sustainable wellness habits in your home that can become part of everyone’s daily routine for life.