In this world full of screens and social media, are you the one who’s being a social bug? No doubt, we all have busy schedules, chasing our dreams and goals, while others are utilising their time on social media and interacting with other active users. But how many of us spend quality time with our family? You might be giving hours to your loved ones, once you’re done with your daily deeds, but there’s a huge difference between time and quality time. It doesn’t matter how much time you’re giving to them, what does matters is that what you’re learning, observing and sharing within that time, that’s called the quality! Here are some top benefits of spending quality time with your family, take a look.
1. It builds the bond of love and affection
Spending time with family strengthens our sense of belongingness and contentment. This will also lead to fewer arguments between couples as well as parents and children. It also reduces the side effects of a generation gap, because as you get closer to your family members, you understand their mindset and choices better.
2. It’s good for your physical and mental well-being
The most important thing in life is to stay happy, and several studies have shown that quality family time reduces stress. We should all be grateful to our clan for their unconditional love and support through good and bad times. Quality time with family has plenty of benefits for your physical and mental health.
3. It instills values and traditions
It is important to instill a moral sense in children. After all, kids follow in the footsteps of their parents. Spending quality time with them can help you steer them in the right direction. Children also bring new values to the family as they pace up with changing societal demands.
Traditions always bring you closer to your culture and heritage. Sitting down with your family is a great way to keep in touch and keep the traditions going. It could be as simple as bowing down while greeting your elders, having a particular dish on a festival day, or donning an ethnic outfit for a special occasion.
4. It can help you build memories to cherish
A trip down memory lane always fills us with excitement and enchantment. Balance your time well to build a sweet souvenir of your life.
Now that you know the importance of family time, let’s learn how to create more opportunities to spend time with our loves-
5. Come together at dinner time
Your family is your biggest asset—so you just can’t afford to miss the dinner table gossip or conversation. Take a break from the world for your last meal of the day and enjoy delicious home-cooked food with conversation. Do not forget to leave your phone aside.
6. Go for a post-dinner walk
Once you’ve made the time for dinner, why not take a walk to continue the conversation? Clear the table and go for a walk with your family. Ponder about the future and discuss the old days—talk, walk and enjoy.
7. Plan monthly outings
When was the last time you went out with your family? Wasn’t that super exciting? Make a list of places to explore each month—then be it a theme park, museum, water park, or even out-of-town travel. Come together for the planning and the execution.
8. Clean and cook together
Cleaning the house sounds boring but it can be fun when you have the company of your family. You all can move the furniture together and clean the dust from hard-to-reach corners. This can also inculcate the habit of hygiene and cleanliness amongst kids. Also, try cooking some favourites dishes or a new recipe together. Surely, it’s going to be fun experimenting in the kitchen as a family.
9. Pamper your loved ones
Everyone is busy these days! But how about leaving a handwritten note for your children in the morning before heading out for work? Kids love surprises and so do your partner and parents. Enthrall your family with a surprise meal, maybe takeout from a favourite restaurant or a movie date with the whole fam.
It’s time to take your eyes off the screen and have a cup of tea with your loved ones.