A Daily Dose of Fun
New research from Seven Seas Cod Liver Oil reveals that whilst kids believe that smiling and laughing is their top priority for the day, adults are more inclined to go for a good night’s sleep (81%) and drinking water (80%). With playing with friends, running around outside and being silly also topping the kids’ priority list, we think they’ve got the right idea. We caught up with child specialist Alistair Bryce-Clegg who’s given us his top tips on how to build more fun into our everyday routines:
Where children have some control over their own routine the Seven Seas Cod Liver Oil research shows us that they prioritise fun and friendship. This is primarily because they don’t have to worry about the mundane organisation of life, but also because fun makes us feel good both physically and emotionally and that feeling of wellbeing impacts on all aspects of our life including attitudes, mental health and relationships. Whilst it is important that children learn how to effectively organise their life for the world that they are going to live in, it is equally important that adults don’t forget the importance of having fun (in its many forms) it’s an essential positive impact on our lives. We all need to build a bit of fun into our everyday routines.
Start the day with a smile – even if it is at your own reflection. For the majority of children, the first face that they see when they wake up is one that greets them with a smile. Smiling releases the feel good dopamine, endorphins and serotonin and not only does this make you feel good, but it can lower your heart rate and blood pressure.
Get outside – Often as adults we can be distracted by our very long ‘to do’ list which mainly consists of jobs to do indoors. It is important to make time to get outside. Even short periods outdoors can have a positive effect on our physical and mental well-being.
Have a routine – Children’s young lives are often very routine and they know what to expect from different times in their day. By taking Cod Liver Oil at the same time each day you can help to form a routine, taking a minute to pause, come together and focus on what’s important for the day ahead.
Watch, listen to or read something funny – lots of the books, television programmes, apps and radio that are aimed at children to make them laugh. There is a very good reason for this as laughing has a really positive impact on your mood, outlook and mental wellbeing – so try and find something funny in every day.
Get some exercise – Children on the whole, tend to be bundles of energy and are rarely still. As well as being good for their hearts, breathing deeply causes more oxygen to enter your body which helps to keep your brain and organs functioning well.
Be around happy people – If children are attending any sort of play group, nursery or school they will spend most of their day with friends that they like and make them happy. Whilst as adults this is not always possible, it is important for us to make a positive effort to keep in touch (in some way, shape or form) with people who make us happy.
Turn off your phone, even for a little while. Children do not have the distraction of a mobile phone dominating their day. The don’t feel the need to look at and respond to every alert. This freedom gives them time to think, create and relax.
Have a moment of ‘chuffedness’ every day – There are lots of adults in children’s lives that help them to recognise and celebrate the things that they do well and enable them to feel a sense of achievement, self-worth and just be generally chuffed with themselves. If we can get into the habit of looking for things in our everyday to give us a sense of chuffedness it will positively impact on our mindset, outlook and mental wellbeing.
In light of the research, Seven Seas Cod Liver Oil has created a series of heartwarming videos as part of its Daily Doses campaign, showing the importance of daily habits at any age. For more information and to view the full series of videos visit www.seven-seas.com