With winter fast approaching on the horizon, the season will soon bring with it colder, darker days, and more time indoors. All of these things can make the perfect recipe for everyday illnesses and viruses, making this period often a challenging one, health-wise. However, you do not need to throw in the towel and resign yourself to spending the next few months with stuffy noses and grumpy moods – with a little thought and planning ahead of time, you can ensure that everyone feels at their best through the period.
Plan Healthy Meals Ahead Of Time
Cooking healthy meals that the whole family will enjoy can often take a little forethought and planning, especially if you have fussy or picky eaters who may not be open to trying new foods easily, or if you have a busy schedule that makes regular cooking difficult.
To make life easier for you and your family, it is worth planning a week’s meals at the start of each week. This can help you stay on top of grocery shopping, avoid over-purchasing items that you may not use up in time, and take out the dreaded discussions and arguments about who may want to eat what. If you are short on time, then you can also bulk cook meals in advance that can be frozen in portions for later use – this can be a great idea to plan healthy dinners for busy weeknights.
Take Any Important Events Into Consideration
If you or anyone else in your family is anticipating a major health event over the season, such as a medical treatment or surgical procedure, then put it in your calendar so that you can plan around it accordingly. Depending on what may be taking place, you may need to organize additional support, time off or other measures to cope properly. For example, before cataract surgery, you may need to make travel arrangements if you are responsible for driving other family members to school or work.
Planning these things ahead of time can also make them a lot less stressful, and help you breeze through them with ease, as well as allowing you to take more time over them.
Include Fun And Restful Family Time
While it may be getting colder and darker outside, that does not mean that fun is off the schedule. It is even more important to stay active and get outside in the natural light as much as possible, as it can help to improve your mental and physical wellbeing.
Plan fun activities that are doable for the whole family, such as gentle walks in local natural spots, cycling in the outdoors, or even brisk hikes. You can also enjoy more leisurely indoor activities to help everyone stay mentally agile and engaged through the season, with enjoyable games nights, family crafting sessions and more. These activities can often be as simple as you like, as what is most important is getting together!