While some people maintain their health well into old age, others experience a considerable decline over the years. That can even happen to younger adults whose bodies, in theory, should still be in peak condition. How often do you hear about people in their 20s and 30s committing to exercise regularly or follow a healthy diet?
There are many reasons why people could end up leading an unhealthy lifestyle. Specific triggers and factors can even lead to acute self-neglect. But some people possess an inherent resilience to these negative influences. Here are some practices which you can use to help build up that resiliency in your children so that they will maintain discipline and self-care in adulthood.
Create a healthy foundation
Good health, like most other habits, starts at home. As a parent, you’re the first and best teacher your children will have. Being a role model extends to demonstrating self-care and prioritizing health. Keep to the schedule of visits to your kids’ dentist and other medical appointments. Each day, see to it that they observe the same good practices – brushing teeth correctly, washing hands regularly, and going outside to play instead of sitting at the computer or other devices all day. While you prepare healthy meals, teach them about their food – why each food group is essential, and how to ensure balanced nutrition. Encouraging a reflective practice such as journaling will also help to increase their awareness of any changes in their lifestyle. Once these practices are firmly entrenched as habits, they become automatic behaviors, making it much harder to fall into decline later on.
Emphasize the value of structure
Changes in the structure of our lives can easily trigger a corresponding shift in our behaviors. For instance, a college student may be active and healthy because they walk around campus a lot, follow a regular schedule, and have easy access to exercise facilities (and limited access to unhealthy food options). When the same student graduates and gets a job, their structure changes. Perhaps they become office-bound workers. Subjected to new forms of stress, with more spending power and a sedentary lifestyle, they become overweight and potentially spiral even further into adverse outcomes.
Your kids will typically have regular routines as they grow up, but make sure they are aware of the power of structure. Teaching them about time management and task prioritization, for instance, will not only help them in their professional lives – it empowers them to take charge of this aspect and avoid letting go if things change.
Make grooming a habit
It’s great to teach your kids not to judge a book by its cover, but appearances still matter in our social interactions. Proper grooming and hygiene requires time and effort each day. Those who don’t value this practice tend to be more unkempt or sloppy as they grow older. Not only does this affect confidence and mood – by slipping up in this aspect, a person is more likely to neglect other habits, such as health. When they value the way they look, your children will better resist the urge to slack off and not take care of themselves as they grow older.
Many adults don’t manage the various transitions well as they age, and this leads to progressively less healthy lifestyles. Integrate these practices from an early age, and your kids will continue to maintain their health and self-care.
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