These days, practicing self-care is more important than ever. Ironically, the more stress you are under, the less likely you are to take time for yourself and nurture your own physical and mental health.

While self-care may not seem like a top priority, making time to check in with yourself can lower stress levels, boost your energy and even reduce your risk of catching an illness. Here are some ways you can make sure you are taking good care of you:

  • Be active. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days, but any amount of physical activity is better than nothing.
  • Eat healthy. Include fruit and vegetables in your diet and drink lots of water.
  • Sleep well. Make sure you’re getting a good night’s sleep — 7 to 9 hours for adults — every day.
  • Give yourself time to relax. This can mean doing an activity you enjoy or taking a few minutes to meditate or write in a journal.
  • Be grateful. Remember to focus on all the things you have to be thankful for each day. Sharing your gratitude lists with a friend will help keep you accountable.