If you’re thinking you should start taking better care of yourself, you’re already halfway there. We only have one body, and it’s important we do our best to stay healthy. Here are 5 simple ways to take care of yourself:

1) Drink Water

One of the best things you can do for your body on a daily basis is to stay hydrated. Although researchers are finding that the whole “8 glasses a day” thing is more of a guideline rather than a science-backed rule, drinking plenty of water is still essential to your body’s functions. Your body requires hydration for processes such as digestion and saliva production. It also helps maintain weight, energize muscles, keep your skin healthy, and maintain proper bowel function. When your body is low on fluids, you may become dehydrated, and will struggle to carry out these processes.

2) Eat Right

Eating healthy follows right behind drinking water on the list of “most important things you can do for your body.” Maintaining a balanced diet may help prevent obesity, diabetes, and heart disease—not to mention, you’ll feel healthier and more energized. Sugary junk food and foods high in saturated fats might feel satisfying as you’re eating them, but that high won’t last long. Within an hour you’ll be reaching for the refrigerator, hungry and low on energy.

3) Get Active

Exercising regularly doesn’t just help you maintain weight. It can also improve mood, reduce stress, increase energy, and improve sleep. There are so many different ways to get active, so if you hate running or simply cannot imagine yourself lifting weights, you still have options. There are tons of group classes that can help you get motivated, and if you’re not interested in paying for a gym membership, there are videos all over the Internet on yoga, Pilates, you name it. So long as you’re getting 30 minutes of physical activity a day—even if it’s just walking—you’re doing your body a huge favor.

4) Get Enough Sleep

When you’re lacking in the sleep department, your entire quality of life suffers. Getting enough sleep at night can affect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety. Sleep can improve memory, spur creativity, sharpen attention, and help maintain a healthy weight. Aim for 8 hours of sleep a night, maybe even 9 if you can squeeze it in. You won’t regret it!

5) Relax

Stress takes its toll on a body. It’s important to learn how to handle stress in a healthy way in order to stay physical and mentally healthy. Ironically, all of the tips we just mentioned for taking care of yourself also happen to be ways to reduce stress—imagine that! Drinking water, eating healthy, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep are all ways to reduce stress. But it’s also important, especially if you’re a high-stress person, to try some relaxation techniques. Find what works for you: deep breathing, meditation, even a warm cup of tea before bed.

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