Following ways to be a healthier person is challenging enough; what more if it involves motivating your family members to do it, too?
It may sound like an impossible job but with the right intention and purpose, it can be achieved so if you’re looking for ways on how to be healthier and happier as a family, just keep on reading.
If you want to motivate your family to have a healthier lifestyle, you have to begin with yourself. Choose healthier food options, have regular exercise, and stick to a routine that suits you. Your family may listen to you not because you tell them to but because they see your efforts and your purpose.
When motivating the family to become healthy, encourage by helping them realize how far they can go and what having a healthier lifestyle can do for them. Avoid criticizing and shaming their body or lifestyle options and be sure to consider their emotions. Remember, you are not manipulating them to do what you want instead, you are motivating them to do what’s best for them.
Even if your family sees you being consistent with your healthier routines and even if they know the value of having a healthier lifestyle, it doesn’t mean that it’s easier for them to take action. Start small and slow, such as choosing a healthier alternative for meals and/or snacks, and be sure to consider something fun and interesting for them.
Setting a realistic plan or goal will not only keep you on track; it will also motivate you to continue what you want in the first place. Remember, choosing a healthier lifestyle can be challenging for you; what more if it involves your entire family. Having a realistic goal will help to maintain focus and motivation.
You don’t have to wait for the new year to start fresh; you can always begin whenever you want to and you can do this to almost anything. For instance, you can discard unhealthy food options in your pantry or refrigerator or remove unhealthy habits slowly.
Make it more fun by trying new recipes that appeal to you and your family. Trying to keep the goal interesting helps in motivating you to stick to your plan. Find healthy recipes online or add a twist to the family’s favorite meal. The key is to have fun.
Whenever you or a family member hit a goal, be sure to give yourself or them a reward and make sure that it’s not food-related. Let’s say you lost a couple of pounds or your kid only has two sweets a day, then you can give a reward for their success. It can be you getting your nails done, your spouse having a new sweater, or your kid receiving a new toy.
These are just some tips on how to motivate your Caribbean family to become healthier and if you have more, I’d love to hear them below.
Also, if you’ve done any of these tips, feel free to share your journey with us.