According to an analysis by the National Library of Medicine, there is a strong link between physical and mental health, with physical activity, in particular, having a strong impact on the state of someone’s mental state. This means that part of caring for yourself should be engaging in regular activities that are healthy for your body.
Kids are naturally inclined to activity and can greatly benefit from engaging in physical activities that have been shown to specifically benefit both mind and body. Martial arts, for example, are often cited as reducing stress, improving focus, and increasing mindfulness. Yoga also has many benefits both physical and mental, including improved sleep, better flexibility, and more energy. Even walking more often has significant health benefits — look for walkable neighbourhoods that are safe for your family.
Being active is another area where adults modeling good self-care is crucial for the development of children. Finding exercises that you can do together is a great way to carve out more time for your kids, too. Schedule a weekly activity for you and your children that can vary with the season. Even a weekly game of basketball in the driveway or hiking a local trail together can help build children’s whole beings up.