2014 has been an exciting year for many of us; as we achieved new health goals, watched our children grow and enjoyed career and business success. The last few weeks of the year are now here, and in the busy-ness of the holiday season, we are looking for ways to keep healthy and strong right into the final minutes of 2014. We’ve been helping all week long by posting health tips on our Facebook page. And last week, we posted Part 1 of this blog series, all about how you should get plenty of rest each night (including what good sleep hygiene includes) and steering clear of calories at the coffee shop.
Many of us are peering into 2015 with resolutions in the back of our minds; what will this new year bring and what do you hope to achieve? Charting your wellness course for the new year is not only a productive way to focus in on your goals, but it can be a fun activity for the whole family.
Starting around age 7, children can grasp the concept of self-improvement and are old enough to talk with you about what their goals for the new year might be. Children at this age are likely still very visual, so here is a fun activity to do together:
Stack of glossy magazines, full of pictures;
1 Sheet of large bristol board per participating person;
Pen or markers (optional).
Your child can create a title for their pictures, such as “Goals for 2015” or they can choose to not use markers on their piece. Each person goes through the stack of magazines and cuts out pictures that correspond with a particular goal, mood or idea they want to explore in the new year.
Have your child arrange the pictures on their bristol board. They can add drawings if they’d like. Glue the pieces down.
Proudly display your piece somewhere in the house for a continual visual reminder of 2015’s ambitions.
Children of all ages can celebrate the end of the year with you and here is a fun way to capture who they are in this moment. Here is an All About Me printable; fill this out with your little one to capture what she or he is thinking right now. This becomes a wonderful keepsake of their goals, ambitions and likes in 2014.
And continue to check out our Facebook page this week as we post more health tips, like this one:
Slow down! Take 5 minutes each day to just sit in stillness and quiet (up to 15 if you can). With so much happening at this time of year, a moment of rest will give you a chance to find the energy inside of you. Feeling overwhelmed? Try deep belly breathing, expanding your lungs and belly. See your breath reaching your belly button before you exhale.
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