Taking Control of Your Family’s Health

Quite often, it can feel like we have no control over our own and our family’s health, meaning every member of the family is at the mercy of germs, microbes and other airborne agents. Do you care about your health, body, mind and spirit and those of your family? It’s time to pay attention to the wellness trend.

Wellness is about living healthy and making sure you’ve got the strength to enjoy the things you love the most. For your family to achieve its health goals, you all need to make long-term commitments and practice healthy behaviours.

It’s not possible to prevent all injuries or illnesses that could happen, but you can make certain choices in order to protect your whole family’s health.

Get Enough Sleep

Getting enough sleep should be a top priority for all members of your family. Adults need, on average, seven to eight hour’s of sleep, while children need differing amounts depending on their age.

If you’re not enjoying enough sleep, it increases the risk of heart disease, obesity, cancer and depression. For your kids, it’s going to make them irritable and unable to concentrate. If family members aren’t getting enough sleep, any other healthy lifestyle choices you make will lose their effectiveness.

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Schedule Regular Check-Ups

Regular health check-ups are important for preventing disease and detecting problems early. Making sure you all have regular check-ups at the doctor are one of the simplest ways to take control of your family’s health.

The NHS offers regular health checks that are designed to look for risk factors and early signs of diseases, the most common of which are heart disease or cancer. Regular eye and dental checks should also be undertaken for all members of the family.

Protect Your Skin

Sun exposure and sunburn is linked to skin cancer, so it’s important to limit your time in the sun. You might not think it’s an issue living in the UK; after all, the sun doesn’t shine too often. Nevertheless, even on overcast days, the suns UV rays can be harmful.

Try to wear protective clothing, hats and sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. Polarised sunglasses will protect your eyes from the damaging and harmful rays of the sun. Regularly check family members for signs of skin cancer and visit your GP if you’re worried about anyone in your family.

Improve the Family Lifestyle

If you want to take control of your family’s health, the best way to do it is to choose a healthy lifestyle. That means eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise. Both of these will help keep everyone’s weight, blood sugar level, blood pressure and cholesterol level within a healthy range.

Aim to eat a variety of fruits, vegetables and lean or low-fat protein sources. Limit the amount of added sugars, sodium and trans-fats. As a family, you should be getting at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise five days per week, plus muscle-strengthening activities twice a week.

To ensure your family’s health is protected, taking supplements, such as those offered by swanson.co.uk, is a great way to keep check of the vitamin and minerals everyone is receiving per day. Ginger & Turmeric capsules, for example, are ideal for helping muscles, joints, bones and stomach issues.

Your health and the health of everyone in your family is important. Taking control of it can mean the difference between prevention and treatment.  

Laura x

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Days Out Yorkshire: The Deep

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen that we recently had a family day out to The Deep in Hull. We had a particularly rainy Sunday morning so we decided to google days out in Yorkshire. We spotted the Deep and with it being only 40-50mins drive for us, we decided it would make a nice morning out.

If you haven’t been before, they are a large aquarium with a café, exhibitions, soft play and a gift shop.

The best part of the Deep was seeing Freya’s face light up with fascination seeing the fish, penguins and sharks. We have never taken her to an aquarium before so this was a completely new experience for her.

What we learnt about the Deep was that once you pay for a ticket, you can opt (completely for free might I add), to change it’s validity to 12 months meaning you can go back time and time again within the following 12 months.

Needless to say, around a month later when we had a Monday off with Freya, we decided to take her again and second time around, she was even more amazed by everything she saw.

I can honestly say it’s great value for money and if you’re Yorkshire based, an absolute treat. The café was good value for money and each time we bought a couple of drinks for ourselves whilst Freya had a snack and water break. We checked out the menu last time we were there and both agreed that next time, we will treat ourselves to some lunch whilst there.

I can’t wait to take Freya again a lot more over the next 10-11 months and can see us buying another ticket again once that runs out as it really is enjoyable for all the family.

Laura x

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My favourite money making websites

Last week I published a post featuring all my favourite cashback apps and this week I want to share some of the ways I earn money online as well. These have been great ways to earn little bits of money here and there which have allowed us to purchase bits and pieces for our new house over the last few months.

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Topcashback

This is my favourite website for all things cashback and whenever I make an online purchase, I always check the site to see if they offer a cashback deal first and then go via them if they do. Since becoming a member I have earnt over £500 in cashback from my purchases and have included things like; booking a holiday, buying my home insurance, purchasing my new phone and even buying clothes or groceries.

Some of my biggest earners came from:

  • £200 from re-doing our life insurance online
  • £25.25 from booking a holiday
  • £50.50 from home insurance
  • £27 from a furniture purchase

It requires no extra effort and is a great way to earn yourself some money back on the purchases you were going to make anyway.

E-Rewards

I have been doing surveys on this site for 18 months now and earnt around £80 of Amazon vouchers from it. The points rewards are very generous for the surveys that you do complete and if you get zoned out of the survey, you still get some points for doing the qualification part. You get what you put it in with this one so it’s worth getting the email notifications for the surveys so that you are notified when one goes live. I’ve found recently by staying on top of them as they come in, I’ve built up my rewards balance far quicker and been able to redeem a lot more.

Quidco

Quidco is another cashback site that works exactly like Topcashback. They generally offer cashback on the same companies but every so often you will find one that doesn’t and one that does. I check both sites usually to see which has the best cashback rate on it so I know I am maximising my purchase. This one works with the clicksnap app that I mentioned in my previous post as all your cashback from that will be pooled into your Quidco account for withdrawal, so definitely worth having this one as well if not just for that reason.

Ebay

This might seem like a really silly one but the last few months I’ve followed more and more instagrammers who do ebaying as a business whether it be part time or full time. Now I’m not looking to turn it into a business but it did make me realise that we have a lot of stuff in the house that can be sold. Now that we are on the countdown to moving we are also doing lots of de-cluttering so Ebay is getting utilised as much as possible. In the last few months I’ve probably made around £250-£300 which I think is fantastic for just getting rid of stuff in the home.

Other than the 4 websites I’ve mentioned, I don’t really use any others at the moment but if you think I’m missing any good ones then feel free to let me know in the comments.

Thanks for reading

Laura x

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