Family Time Boosts All Areas of Health

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When you read statistics that suggest 1 in 10 children are suffering with some form of a mental health problem it’s a worry. The increase in adults requiring help with their mental health and wellbeing is startling enough, you don’t consider that these things can affect children and young people too. Health Shield statistics suggest 3 in 4 women and 2 in 3 men are suffering with some form of stress. Which is why Health Shield likes to encourage family time. Spending time with your children and partners boasts a number of health advantages so, with the school summer holidays approaching, plan some days out at some of the UK’s best family attractions.

You may think you have explored every corner of Britain on your family holidays when growing up, but have you done it through the eyes of your own children? Have you seen their joy and excitement as they explore and experience new things with you? There are not many things that will provide your health and wellbeing with as much of a boost as seeing joy and love on your children’s faces as they spend quality time with you.

Being away from a regular routine can have a profound effect on parents and children, and it can vary from family to family as to what will work for you. This will depend on budget, preferences of activity and location, spending time away from work, school and an everyday routine is what makes the family time special and provides a positive imprint on your child’s heart and memories. Don’t be afraid if things go wrong though – they often make the best memories and stories as they grow older!

Do something fun and release your own stresses, the impact on yourself and your children will be comfort, love and safety – remember children need a break too and the strengthening of the family bond will show in their attitudes in life and school. Heading out for the day generally involves a lot of walking too, and we know that walking is one of the best exercises you can do – your children can make it fun, sociable and it makes them feel generally good. Child-led activities either at home or out and about can make them feel much less stressed, more confident and settled so make sure you incorporate it into whatever family time you have planned.

Places you may not have visited that are ranked in the UK’s top 20:

  1. The Natural History Museum – Full of mind-boggling exhibits aimed at children aged 3 or over. There are dinosaur eggs, whale skeletons, animatronic T-rex and earthquake simulators to keep everyone entertained.
  2. Bewilderwood – Possibly not as widely known as some, Bewilderwood boasts 50 acres of woodland in Norfolk without the commercialism and craziness of a theme park. Aimed at children as young as toddlers, they can climb trees, cross rope bridges, build dens, take part in craft activities and listen to storytelling sessions and puppet shows. Whilst for older children there is zip-lining too.
  3. Alton Towers – For a thrill seeking day, or a day with the youngsters at CBeebies Land, this is one of the more popular days out in the UK.
  4. Legoland – Another of the most popular attractions, queues can be lengthy but with 150 acres of imaginative rides and live shows plus the biggest Lego shop in the country along with a Duplo valley for youngsters and water play parks it’s worth a trip.
  5. Warwick castle – Employees at Warwick Castle work hard to keep their guests entertained when they visit. Daily live shows, guided tours, mazes, time travel challenges and jousting tournaments are just some of what happens throughout the day. It’s aimed at children of all ages but at a supplement those over 10 can go on a more intimate tour where the history of the castle is brought to life with gruesome stories and special effects.
  6. Warner Brothers Harry Potter Tour – Based in Hertfordshire, this is a must for any Harry Potter fan and is fast becoming a popular UK attraction. See original sets, animatronic creatures, props and costumes. Learn how they put together all the special effects and see Harry’s Nimbus 2000 after having your picture taken on Platform 9 ¾.
  7. Blackpool – A classic family trip whether you make a day or weekend of it if you’re travelling from further afield. Seaside fun with the added elements of donkey rides, amusement arcades, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Blackpool Tower and a circus show. Blackpool creates memories for those of all ages – you can even take the grandparents along. If you’re not local to Blackpool, visit your own local seaside resort.
  8. Chester Zoo – Now recognised as the best zoo in the UK, and included in the Top 15 in the world. It has a staggering 400 animal species and 15,000 animals and recently opened a conservation journey taking you to six South East Asian islands.
  9. Museum of Science & Industry – An entertaining and child-friendly way of introducing your children to the world of science and history. Many displays invite children to get hands-on with themes around transport, power, communication and computers. You can create your own tornado, see your own skeleton and test reactions.
  10. Blaenau Ffestiniog – Otherwise known as ‘Bounce Below’. Based in Snowdonia, caverns have now been converted into zip line adventures and ‘bounce below’ which is a network of giant trampolines underground. Many activities here have a height limit but it is recommended for active families aged 7 or over.

Make some time, any time, to create the magic with your children and help improve the health and wellbeing of the whole family. See the world through the excitement of your children’s eyes and let them learn and grow from what you do. Use these summer holidays to strengthen your bond, if you have more than one child, prevent rivalry by spending time with each of them and soon you will see the positive impact of your attention on everyone.

When planning your day out, if you are a member of a Health Shield Health Cash Plan don’t forget to log in to the Members’ Area and check PERKS for any additional discounts you may be able to grab.

Sources:

Health Shield Insights

https://youngminds.org.uk

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/c/children-and-young-people

www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/family-holidays/best-family-attractions-in-the-UK/

http://www.sustrans.org.uk/what-you-can-do/children-and-families/walking-kids/benefits-walking-kids

http://www.peacefulparent.com/quality-one-on-one-time-with-your-child-fills-their-emotional-cup/