Taking Care of Your Body
Staying physically healthy can improve your emotional well-being. Here are some suggestions to better improve your health:
- Keep up with regular health appointments, testing, screenings, and vaccinations.
- Eat healthy.
Have fruits and vegetables, lean protein, whole grains, and low- or no-fat dairy. Limit foods with unhealthy fats, salt, and added sugars. See Healthy Eating Tips.
- Get enough sleep.
Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day to help you sleep better. Adults need 7 or more hours per night.
- Move more and sit less.
Every little bit of physical activity helps. Start small and build up to 2½ hours a week. You can break it into smaller amounts of time, such as 20 to 30 minutes a day.
- Limit alcohol intake.
Choose not to drink, or drink in moderation on days you drink alcohol. Moderation means having 2 drinks or less a day for men or 1 drink or less a day for women. Find out more at Drink Less, Be Your Best.
- Avoid illegal drugs or using prescription drugs in ways other than prescribed.
Don’t take someone else’s prescription. Substance use treatment is available, and recovery starts with asking for help.
- Avoid smoking, vaping, and the use of other tobacco products.
People can and do quit smoking for good.