Experts believe that allocating time for cuddling and cuddling children is very important for families. Also, reading, exchanging conversations and playing are all positive touches that contribute to enhancing the child's feeling that he is loved and enjoys warmth and family security. Moreover, these activities bring joy to the parents.
Experts confirm that hugs may sometimes be better than medicine when a person feels unwell or goes through a state of psychological tension.
According to a study prepared by Swedish researchers, the skin contains a large number of nerve fibers that are activated when hugging or touching the body lightly, as they transmit information about that to the brain, which creates a feeling of joy.
The researchers say that activation of "joy cells," or C-fibers, prevents other fibers from transmitting pain "messages" from the brain.
In this context, Professor Frances McGlone, who discovered these fibers, explained, “A hug, a pat on the shoulder and passing fingers through the hair makes a stressed or in crisis person feel comfortable.
McGlonen, a member of the "Unilever" association, which deals with matters related to food and beauty, added that a mother who hugs her son if he falls to the ground and accepts the place of his injury makes him feel better immediately, noting that "if you touch a person and you give him bad news, it will relieve him a lot." .
An Austrian study also reported that hugs improve memory, in addition to reducing blood pressure, anxiety, fear, and mental health, provided that it is desired by both parties. The study, published by the Vienna Medical University website, showed that hugs improve memory, reduce blood pressure, anxiety, tension, fear, and a person's psychological health.
Neurologist Jürgen Sandkohler, head of the Center for Brain Research at the Medical University of Vienna, said: "The positive effects of a hug occur only if the two parties trust each other, if the feelings are mutual, and if the two parties send positive signals."
However, he warned that "in the event that the two people do not know each other well, or if the hug is not desirable on both sides, then the positive effects of the hug disappear."
He pointed out that "hugs are good, but regardless of the length of the hug, or how frequent it is, mutual trust is the most important factor." He explained that the hormone oxytocin that is secreted during hugs contributes to increasing the bond, social behavior, and closeness between parents and children, and between spouses.
Sandkohler warned that if the hug is not desired, or comes from a stranger, then the hormone oxytocin is not secreted, "which may lead to anxiety for the person who may consider that his privacy has been violated," noting that "in this case, the secretion of The anxiety hormone, cortisol.
He said that "everyone knows this feeling that arises when a stranger approaches us too much."
He concluded that "violating our privacy distance then causes anxiety or may make us feel threatened."
The participation of family members in singing together is one of the wonderful means that contribute to healing and family solidarity.
Experts advise creating lyrics for favorite songs, dancing around the living room with the kids, and using music instead of machines to lighten the burden of cleaning rooms.
Experts confirm that those who sing together enjoy a synchronized, harmonious heartbeat.
In a study conducted by researchers from the Swedish University of Gothenburg, and included 15 people in a school choir, it was found that the heartbeat is synchronized during the group's singing performance.
The scientists monitored the heart rate of the group that performed 3 musical exercises together and found that harmonious singing has the effect of making the heart rate rise and fall at the same time in the group members.
"Singing regulates the activity of what is known as the vagus nerve, which plays a role in our emotional life and communication with others, and affects, for example, the vocal cords," said the researcher responsible for the study, Bjorn Vikhov.
He stated that singing in long phrases achieves the same effect as breathing exercises in yoga.
The scientists said that singing creates a calm and regular respiratory pattern that has a noticeable effect on the heart rate.
In Britain, doctors use singing as a treatment to help patients with lung problems such as asthma, bronchitis and emphysema, after research found that singing can relieve shortness of breath and improve the quality of life significantly. The doctor in charge of the respiratory department at the Royal Brompton Hospital, Nicholas Hopkinson, said that patients found this treatment useful.
He added that "there is a common ground between the singing technique and the types of techniques that physiotherapists teach people with breathing problems."
He pointed out that the singing workshops for this purpose include techniques that relax the stomach muscles, allow air to flow to the entire upper body, and then use the same muscles to help exhale.
These lessons also contribute to helping to slow down breathing, which would increase the body's absorption of oxygen.
A German study also found that singing may help some of those who have had strokes that have caused great difficulties in speaking, to learn it again.
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany, found that the words and syllables of songs known to patients had the greatest impact on their pronunciation, even if they were recited rather than sung. Thus, the researchers found that it is the rhythm and phrases associated with singing, not the melodies, that make the difference in stroke sufferers.
The problem of speech difficulty is common among those who suffer from strokes that damage the areas of the brain responsible for speaking in the left part of the brain, but the right part that supports the important functions of singing often remains intact in these patients.
Experts confirm that motivating the child and pushing him to complete homework and academic activities is one of the most important duties of the head of the family, however, excessive focus on these duties can create an environment filled with anxiety and tension.
Therefore, they advise to allocate time for activities that have no purpose other than to allow family members to enjoy spending a common time that includes them together.
Experts suggest playing with children, creating surprise parties, taking long walks with them, cultivating the garden and cooking with them.
On the other hand, Italian scientists advise hanging beautiful murals and paintings in the house, and they said that these murals and paintings not only bring joy to the soul, but also relieve pain.
It became clear to them that paintings such as "The Birth of Venus" by Bocelli, displayed in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, for example, give a person psychological comfort and relieve the pain he feels.
The team of researchers from the University of Bari in Italy, led by Dr. Marina do Tommaso, asked 20 male and female volunteers to choose the 20 most beautiful paintings, then watch 20 other ugly paintings from among the 200 paintings displayed in front of them in order to know the effect on them.
It turned out that the group, who was looking at the beautiful paintings, eased their pain compared to the other group that was contemplating ugly pictures and paintings, and that the electrical sockets that measure brain activity showed a decrease in the level of pain when looking at beautiful paintings among these people.
Tommaso said it is known that the patient's preoccupation with certain things relieves the pain he feels, noting that this study is the first to find a link between contemplation of beautiful paintings and pain relief.
In the same context, British Professor Samir Zaki from University College London said that watching beautiful things activates a part of the brain called the orbitofrontal cortex, and that whenever a person sees beautiful things, his pain decreases.
Previous studies have stated that the brain "shines" more when watching beautiful things rather than ugly things.
Experts recommend riding a bicycle, or walking, with children to a local park or park.
In the garden, you can take time to rest and relax while the children have fun with the games available in it.
Experts confirm that this pattern of outings provides a healthy atmosphere that gives families time to exercise and spend quality time with children.
It is noteworthy in this regard that many people who do not exercise or do not tend to be active make up excuses, such as saying that their genetic genes are an obstacle to that, which was shown by the results of a survey of 2,000 American adults that included their health habits, family history, and whether they were of smokers or alcohol abusers, their age, weight, and so on.
Researcher Susan O'Neill of Georgetown University told "Live Science" that many believe that genes play a role in the reluctance to exercise and the tendency to lack of movement and activity. She added that what scientists fear most is that some people link genetic or genetic factors with lack of activity, and this undermines health programs and efforts to promote a healthy lifestyle in society. In the study, which will be published in the next issue of the Annals of Behavioral Medicine, V. O'Neill said: "People may have tried in the past to listen to advice to change their lifestyle and nothing has changed for them, so they are tired of hearing those advice over and over again from family, friends, and other means. media" .
She added that this study may "provide very valuable information" that scientists can benefit from to help detect many diseases that may be caused by a lack of exercise.
She said that no one can deny the existence of genetic diseases and that this may be related to the behavior of some, "but we are not completely sure of that until now."
Experts advise against allowing children to get used to eating fast food that is full of salt and sugar, because despite its delicious taste, it has devastating effects on the health and mood of the family.
Experts suggest preparing quick or light meals with health benefits. They also recommend placing plates of fruits, vegetables, nuts or dried fruits within reach at any time.
Experts confirm in this regard that American teens imitate their parents in many things, especially in food and drink.
A study prepared by the Center for Health Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles, found that 40% of American teens drink soft drinks if they see their parents doing so.
The study also showed that 16% of these people eat at least five portions of fruits and vegetables daily if their parents follow this healthy diet.
Susan Baby, who participated in preparing the study, says that "good eating habits start at home... and if the foods that parents eat are poor, their children do that too."
And it was found from the study, which included thousands of teens from California, that 48% of them eat fast food at least once a day.
In addition, Dr. Robert Ross, who heads the Endoment Foundation, which funded the study, said, "Parents are the best role models for their children, and their behavior may negatively or positively affect their health," calling for providing vegetables and fruits at low prices to poor or low-income groups in order to provide food. healthy for them.
Involving children in cooking food is another way to get them interested in healthy food.
Experts believe that parents' participation in cooking with their children encourages children to follow healthy habits, trains them to cook, and accustoms them to joint teamwork.
Experts also believe that the participation of children in preparing food increases the likelihood that they will eat it.
A study has found that simple things such as children sitting at the dining table to eat a healthy dinner with the family, for example, may help them avoid obesity later on.
Researcher Sarah Anderson, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the Ohio University School of Public Health, told Health Day News Monday that the behavior and habits of parents can have a significant impact on children's upbringing, health and lifestyle, and help them develop healthy habits.
She added that children sitting at the table with their parents, getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods, and reducing the hours during which they sit in front of the TV protects them from many health problems resulting from obesity.
She said, "Children at the age of four who sit at the dining table with their families regularly get enough sleep and do not watch TV for more than two hours a day lose weight by about 40%."
The study, which is scheduled to be published in the next issue of the journal "Pediatrics", included 8,550 four-year-olds, during which Anderson asked parents to answer questions about their lifestyle, daily habits, as well as their behavior in general. By following healthy habits.
On the other hand, an American researcher said that a child suffering from asthma relieves the symptoms of his disease if he eats meals with his family regularly because this helps him to breathe normally and removes anxiety from loneliness.
Barbara H. , director of the Center for Family Resilience at the University of Illinois. Fayez said that the family plays an important role in helping their children manage their emotional symptoms.
And she saw that if a child with asthma finds himself in a friendly family atmosphere, he feels psychological comfort, and this is reflected positively on the way he breathes, while the chaotic atmosphere makes him feel anxious and exacerbates the symptoms.
She said: "Children who find it difficult to breathe may feel anxious and prefer to be near their parents who rush to help them in emergency situations," noting that this gives them "a sense of safety and relieves their feelings of anxiety as a result of their separation from them." around them."
About 63 children who participated in the study, aged between 9 and 12 years, were asked to fill out a questionnaire about asthma, and they were interviewed about their health and psychological state and how they were affected by their separation from it. their families. It turns out that the most affected among them are those who do not eat meals regularly with their families.
"When a family finds itself facing many obligations or is unable to continue the daily routine, this leads to psychological or physical consequences for children with asthma," Fayez concluded.
It is important for parents to promote good behavior in their children. But they do not need to be rewarded generously.
Walking at the zoo, going to the movies, or extending bedtime at night for the right amount of time can be good incentives.
In the same vein, a new study has found that children who receive rewards for their work at age four are less likely to be overweight later in life.
And the American "Live Science" website reported that researchers from "Stanford University" found that people who can delay getting a reward for their work at the age of 4 years have a lower BMI after 3 decades.
Scientists have found that for every minute a child resists the craving for candy placed in front of him, his body mass index drops an average of 2.0 points in adulthood. "In our current world, there are a lot of unhealthy foods everywhere," said study lead author Tanya Schlam, adding that understanding the limits of people's self-control could lead to effective approaches to treating obesity.
The study involved 653 children from 1968-1974 who were given marshmallows and told that if they didn't eat it in a set amount of time, they would get two more.
Scientists have followed people for decades, finding an overlap between their abilities to wait as children and different aspects of their lives in adolescence and adulthood.
"Academic and social interactions are better for children who are more likely to delay receiving a reward," Shalem said.
She pointed out that the association found in children at the age of four, between the time of taking the reward and the size of their body mass, shows that the effect is very strong.