Can your lifestyle, personal medical history, and other factors affect your chances of contracting a disease?
Most of us know that a healthy diet, regular exercise, adequate sleep, and non-smoking lifestyle can drastically reduce our instances of contracting a disease. Equally important is our family history. Knowing our family lineage can help us become aware of our likelihood of contracting life-threatening diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and hypertension.
Why is family important?
Spending time with family helps reduce stress and anxiety, promotes a healthier lifestyle, and leads to an extended life. Let’s know how a family supports your well-being-
- Benefits Mental Health
Studies have proven that family time and face-to-face communication lower our risk of mental anxiety, depression, and stress. We must never forget that being in the presence of loved one’s powers us with emotional support and gives us the energy to fight during tough times.
- Aids in the Academic Success of Children
Children who spend time with their families perform better in school on average. They are taught how to communicate and the value of education and can relate and express themselves better when they have strong family support behind them.
- Reduces the likelihood of behavioral issues
Children who spend time with their families, especially with grandparents, during the summer vacations experience a more balanced behavior and fight off violence and substance abuse. Family as a cushion gives parents and children a supportive hand to fight off concerns and even strengthens the decision-making power among young kids.
- Strengthens Self-Belief
We can’t ignore that spending more time without family makes us feel energized and stronger. Parents, grandparents, and extended family can keep a child connected with their roots, instill self-confidence and teach the art of self-reliance.
- Assists children in developing future parenting skills
The memories you make together will inspire your children to want to create a loving environment in their own future homes. Family is so important because your children learn essential caregiving skills from you that they will use one day. They may already be practicing by imitating your actions when interacting with siblings.
- Effective Conflict Resolution
Did you know spending time with your family can teach you to solve conflicts? A family is a place where you cannot run away from conflicting discussions, and for rest, you would have to sit and resolve issues amicably. Family time teaches you impersonal communication and debating skills and gives you the means to resolve fights with a calm mind. All these skills are critical when you face conflicts and want a solution.
- Controls Stress
Stress significantly impacts physical health issues like heart health, fatigue, and blood pressure. Those with strong and healthy family relationships are more likely to use healthier stress coping mechanisms, such as confiding in friends and family, rather than engaging in unsocial activities. This establishes a habit of discussing problems with one another to relieve stress and find practical solutions.
- Children learn Resilience and Adaptability
A strong family bond improves your ability to deal with life’s changes and challenges. Being with family gives a child a sense of belonging, being cared for, and being needed, which provides them with a sense of meaning and purpose. This assurance motivates children to keep going and succeed.
- Improves Physical Well-Being
Spending time with family can improve physical well-being. Families who eat home-cooked meals together, for example, have a healthier diet than those who do not. There’s even proof that spending time with family can enhance the benefits of exercise and other healthy habits. It benefits the immune system, heart, brain, and hormones. Being with family can also motivate one another to live healthier lives.
- Increases Life Expectancy
Healthy relationships extend your life by up to 50%. When one considers the physical and mental health benefits, it’s easy to see why spending time with family has been linked to living a longer, healthier, and happier life.
Understanding Your Family Lineage
Your family history could reveal important information about your disease risk. You can’t change your genes, but you can change unhealthy habits like smoking, being inactive, and eating poorly. Adopting a healthier lifestyle can often reduce your risk of inheriting diseases from your family. Mammograms and colorectal cancer screenings, for example, can detect diseases like cancer at an early stage, when they are most treatable. Screening tests can also detect disease risk factors such as high cholesterol to reduce the likelihood of developing the disease.
International Day of Families
Traditional and non-traditional families are the core of our existence. Our formative years are spent with our families, and because they are most likely the most important people in our lives, they should be honored. The International Day of Families came into existence in 1994 when the United Nations (UN) adopted this day to honor the importance of families.
It’s also easy to take our families for granted, so use this day to express how you feel about them and express your gratitude to your parents, siblings, and extended family. Let’s spend some time figuring out how to make our families happier.
Exercising and Being more Active for Wellbeing
- Every day, do something active. Set an example for your children.
- Increase your movement. Incorporate 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity into your daily routine. Small bursts of exercise throughout the day add up.
- Limit your daily TV, computer, and video game time to no more than 2 hours. Instead, promotes physical activity.
- Instead of taking the elevator, take the stairs.
- Keep yourself busy at home. For example, you can do household chores, dust, and cook together with your family members. These are effective ways to burn calories.
- When you go on vacation, include activities like hiking or trekking.
- Understand your daily calorie requirements. Calories consumed must be balanced with calories spent.
Family Health Care with Gigadocs
With all of these incredible advantages of having a robust social network, it’s easy to see why spending time with family is essential. While inviting friends and family to spend quality time together is enjoyable, it is also crucial for your physical and mental health. Put the phone down, gather the family, and make fun, lasting memories.
Gigadocs wishes you and your family a very Happy Family Day and extends quality healthcare through teleconsultation, in-person doctor appointments, health tips and blogs, vital monitoring, digital medical record storage, and the facility of booking diagnostic tests on the Gigadocs app.
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