A peaceful home environment promotes well-being

A Peaceful Home...
Posted on 03/01/2020

It’s nearly impossible to lead a stress-free life these days, but you can work to make home a haven away from the daily grind.

To help your entire family feel mentally and emotionally well:

  • Encourage laughter. Laughter should be a part of each day. Have everyone share favorite funny shows, movies, jokes and stories.
  • Share stress-relief strategies. Teach your child to take deep breaths, go for a walk or turn on some relaxing music whenever she feels stressed.
  • Remember the big three: good nutrition, adequate sleep and exercise. These are the keys to wellness.
  • Share good things. Every day, have each family member report at least one good thing (no matter how small) that happened. Try to do this during a family meal. You could even write down the responses in a family gratitude journal.
  • Stay organized. An organized, clutter-free home creates a more peaceful environment for everyone. It also teaches your child how to take care of her belongings.
  • Pitch in. Chores go so much more quickly when everyone works together. Have a family chore time and then reward yourselves by doing something fun as a family.

Reprinted with permission from the March 2020 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2020 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc. Source: A. Marks, M.D. and B. Rothbart, M.S.W., Healthy Teens, Body and Soul: A Parent’s Complete Guide, Fireside.

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