Lesson 2: 7 Healthy Habits for the Whole Family

7 Healthy habits for the whole family

My Suggestions

  • Lead by Example: We must teach our children how important mental wellness is by managing our own stress and practicing self-care.
  • Promote Openness: It’s OK for your child or teenager to feel sad or cross at times. Please encourage them to talk about how they are feeling. Provide a non-judgmental listening ear. Find a relative or a friend for your child to talk to if they don’t feel comfortable talking to you. For older kids and teens, I suggest keeping a ‘Let it Go’ journal.
  • Create a safe and positive environment: Be mindful of your child's media use, both the content and screen time. This includes tv shows, movies, the Internet, and other devices. To keep your child safe and to monitor who your child is interacting with virtually, have a family computer in a common area of the home.

Schedule Outdoor Time

  • While your child might prefer their iPad or cellphone, spending time outdoors is essential for mental wellbeing
  • Studies show that spending time outdoors helps a child’s confidence, self-esteem, creativity, IQ and immune function
  • Encourage your child to participate in sports or other outdoor activities. If your child does not like sports, schedule family hikes or camping trips

Use Essential Oils

  • Essential oils support optimal wellbeing
  • Older kids can carry roll-on essential oils in their backpack
  • Doterra has several roll-on oils to choose from

Practice Mindfulness

  • There are many resources you can take advantage of to introduce your child to mindfulness practices such as meditation apps, daily affirmations apps, and yoga videos for kids
  • Look for local classes, many communities have mindfulness classes for children
  • For older children, I suggest creating a vision boards or ‘What’s Good’ journal

and above all else...

Above all else, make sure you foster a sense of connection and love with your kids and the rest of the family. Children who feel loved have better self-esteem, do better in school and have lower incidences of obesity, depression, eating disorders, and substance abuse.