It’s 2019 and time to really look at ways to keep your family both healthy and happy. We all want our family to feel the best that they can, and there are some easy ways to make that happen. Read on for some tips that will make this year one of the best for your family!

Adopt a Pet | Maybe you already own a pet and you are thinking of getting a new addition to your home. Maybe your kids are begging for their very first animal that they can hold and love. A pet is one way to make your family happy for sure. Research any animal that you plan to bring into your home before you make the final decision to get a pet. Reducing pet anxiety is also very important, especially if you are introducing them to a large family or to a home with multiple animals. An anxious dog and uptight cat are more prone to undesirable behavior, but there are remedies for helping them grow accustomed to their new environment. Talk to your vet about these and other ways you can ensure your new pet adjusts to his or her new home with ease.

Start Eating Healthier | Getting healthy starts in the kitchen. It is time to cut out excess fat and calories this year! Start incorporating tons of fresh fruits, leafy vegetables, lean meats, and more water into your everyday diet. Eat smaller meals and don’t rush through them. Cut out fried foods, processed foods, and fast food as much as you can. Look for healthy  baking mixes at the store to incorporate into your meals. When your family sees that you are making an effort to eat better, they will follow suit. You will all feel better and maybe even lose some of that pesky winter weight!

Take a Vacation | Everyone needs time to get away and cut loose, even younger children. One way to do so is by taking a family vacation in 2019. Find a place that will be fun and exciting for everyone in the family. Don’t panic if you can’t get a whole week or more off of work, either. You could always plan a couple of smaller mini-vacations that will give your family something to look forward to throughout the year. However you decide to take a vacation, just be sure that you actually do it. Everyone deserves a chance to get away from the stresses of school, work, and responsibilities.

Get Up and Get Moving | Exercise does not have to be a chore. Sure, you may enjoy your morning run in solitude or your time on the elliptical listening to music. But your family also needs to get into the habit of exercising on a regular basis. Start off by taking short walks around the block after dinner as you talk about your day. Put on YouTube videos and exercise together in the living room. Consider a family plan at your local fitness center and go as a group. There are plenty of ways to exercise as a family that will help you all stay healthy and happy.

Release your pent-up frustration | It isn’t always that easy to express our feelings as a family. However, pent-up anger and frustration are not healthy at all. Spouses and significant others should always talk to one another about any problems or concerns they are having. Parents should always make sure their children know that they are there for them whenever they need to talk. Encourage your children to let their feelings out in a healthy manner.

With these tips, you are sure to enjoy a healthy and happy year as we roll into 2019.