Forget all of the excuses. From this moment, you need to focus on how to improve not just your health, but the health of your family as well. This list isn’t a complete one by any means, but you can use it as a place to start when it comes to making the physical and emotional health of your family a priority. Once you do some of these things today, do them again tomorrow and the next day, and on and on until they become a habit. Before you know it, your household will be one that’s healthier.

Get Clean

Becoming healthier starts with ridding yourself and your family of bad habits or even addictions. This might be things like smoking, drinking, illicit drugs, prescription drugs, etc. If the addict in the family is an adult, you can try to get them to go into rehab. If the person in question is still under the age of 18, you can check them into an adolescent mental health treatment facility yourself.

Sleep

Sleep shouldn’t be known as ‘beauty sleep’. It should be called ‘health sleep’ due to the fact that getting enough good quality sleep is essential when it comes to good health. The risk of developing one of the following chronic conditions – stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease is increased when you aren’t getting enough rest. Being sleep deprived also increases the risk of depression and can even make you more likely to gain weight.

There are quite a few things you can do in order to get a good night’s sleep – including turning off your screens at least 2 hours before bedtime, listening to a sleep sound therapy system, using your bedroom for nothing but sleep, keeping to a sleep schedule, and more.

Reduce Stress

This one is easier said than done, however, when it comes to improving your health, this is another essential factor. Stress is associated with weight gain, lowered immunity, cardiovascular disease, and it also shortens the essential components in DNA, called telomeres, that are linked to your overall health. If you’re feeling stressed, just take a break to decompress, and you might even want to think about doing such stress-relieving activities as yoga or meditation regularly.

Be Positive

The people who are known as optimists tend to have behaviors that are healthier, including things like getting better sleep, eating better, and getting regular exercise. All of these things contribute to a reduction in the risk of death. Additionally, having a higher level of optimism is linked to healthier levels of cholesterol, lower inflammation, and higher levels of antioxidants, and all of this is fantastic for both heart health and overall health.

We all tend to have demanding and busy lives these days. You might feel as if you’re constantly being pulled in different directions and have a myriad of things to do throughout each day. Learn to leave time for yourself and your family to focus on healthy living and you – and your family – will reap the benefits.