Mental Health Minute: Improving your family’s mental health
Englewood Hospital Newsletter
Building relationships with your family members can help promote good mental health. There are a number of activities families can do together that will not only boost mental wellness but can also help to relieve daily stress. Here are a few you may want to consider:
*Eat Dinner Together: have you ever heard of the saying, “A family that east together stays together”? We are often times so busy with work and daily chores that we tend to forget the simple things in life. Eating dinner together as a family gives each family member an opportunity to visit with one another. This is also a great time for parents to lend an ear to their children.
*Go for a walk: A little daily exercise is good for your physical and mental health. Walking together as a family is a simple thing to do. A quick 10 minute walk is a great way to enjoy the beautiful outdoors and doesn’t cost a cent.
*Get enough rest: If you and your family are not getting the adequate rest your body needs it will have a negative affect on physical and mental well being. Sleep specialists highly recommend at least seven to eight of sleep a night for optimal health.
Turn the television off: Some of us are a little too familiar with the sofas in our home. Do other things while indoors that stimulate the mind. For example, you might want to play a board game with your family or read a book together.
*Take a family vacation: A quick getaway is always refreshing. Make sure to include all family members in the planning process. Allowing each family member to be part of the planning process will not only help them feel important but will also help to insure there are activities that will please everyone.
Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from the Mental Health Minute newsletter. Please see the Englewood Hospital for more information.
I am a free-lance writer and Blogger. I am the author of the book "Firehouse 101" (IUniverse.com 2005) part of trilogy of books centered in New York City. My next book "Love Triangles" is finished being edited and should be ready for release in the Fall. My latest book, "Dinner at Midnight", a thriller is on its last chapter. My long awaited book explains the loss of the 2004 Yankee game to Boston.
I work as a Consultant, Adjunct College Professor, Volunteer Fireman and Ambulance member and Blogger. I have a blog site for caregivers called 'bergencountycaregiver', a step by step survival guide to all you wonderful folks taking care of your loved ones, a walking project to walk every block, both sides, of the island of Manhattan "MywalkinManhattan" and discuss what I see and find on the streets of New York and three sites to accompany it. One is an arts site called "Visiting a Museum", where I showcase small museums, historical sites and parks that are off the beaten track both in Manhattan and outside the city to cross reference with "MywalkinManhattan" blog site. Another is "DiningonaShoeStringNYC", featuring small restaurants I have found on my travels in this project, that offer wonderful meals for $10.00 and under. So be on the lookout for updates on all three sites and enjoy 'MywalkinManhattan'. The third is my latest site, "LittleShoponMainStreet", which showcases all the unique and independent shops that I have found on my travels throughout and around Manhattan.
I have started two new blog sites for the fire department, one "EngineOneHasbrouck HeightsFireDepartmentnj" for the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department to discuss what our Engine Company is doing and the other is "BergenCountyFireman'sHomeAssociation" for the Bergen County Fireman's Association, which fire fighters from Bergen County, NJ, go to the Fireman's Home in Boonton, NJ to bring entertainment and cheer to our fellow brother fire fighters quarterly.
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