What Kids Can Teach Us About Staying Healthy
By Genevieve Cunningham
Kids are a lot of fun … and a lot of work. If you have kids, you probably feel exhausted, frustrated, and in awe all at the same time. But even when you’re at your wit’s end, kids can bring a lot of good to your life. And if you’re patient and open-minded, they can also teach us so much! If you’re willing to learn something from your children, take a look at these things that kids may be able to teach us about health and happiness.
Movement is Key
Have you ever noticed that kids are constantly moving around? They’re running and jumping and climbing. Even when they’re sitting, they’re probably fidgeting in their chair or shaking a leg or wiggling back and forth. Kids really like to move! But if we look past the high energy and the irritation at their inability to sit still, we might notice that this movement keeps them healthier and happier. Why wouldn’t this work for adults as well? Actually, it does! Movement and activity help us to maintain a healthy weight, lowers the risk of disease, and boosts mental health. In this instance, it’s best to act like kids and keep moving if you really want better health.
Moderation is Important
You may not think moderation when you think about kids, but if you really pay attention, you’ll notice that kids like to switch from one thing to another rather quickly. When kids come home from school, do they throw themselves into more work? No, they change their clothes and get to playing. While it might not be quite this simple for adults, the concept is still the same. We shouldn’t spend all of our time on one thing. We should make time for work, time for family, time for play, and time for ourselves. Everything that we do should be in moderation, and we’re much more likely to maintain good physical and mental health long-term.
Have Some Fun
You know what kids are best at? Having fun! Kids just want to have fun. As we get older, we lose this desire. We forget about the fun and focus on the work and the money. But the truth is that fun is still so important, no matter your age. Make sure that you’re leaving time for fun, and you’ll probably notice your mental and emotional health make sharp turn in the right direction.
Kids might be time consuming and a little frustrating, but they can also teach adults a little something about life. Watch, listen, and pay attention, and your kids may help you change your health and your life for the better.
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