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Staying healthy

Keeping healthy is one of the best ways of dealing with difficulties in life.

It is important to develop a healthy mind and a healthy body.

Staying healthy is an important part of growing up. And it can affect you physically and emotionally.

When your body changes during puberty and you have to deal with things like school and exams, staying healthy can really help you.

If you’re eating the right food and keeping fit, your body will be strong and help you to cope with stress and also fight illness.

Eating well and exercising often when you’re a teenager will also help you stay in good health later in life.

Getting regular sleep is another really important way to stay healthy. Having late nights can leave you feeling tired the next day. It can be difficult, but try to have at least 8 hours sleep each night.

Easy ways to eat well and move more

The NHS’ Change4Life campaign provides a range of useful and interesting ideas to help you eat well and move more.

With a range of apps, tips, hints and games, there is likely to be something that works for you.

And it’s all free.

Things that harm your health

Smoking, drinking alcohol and taking drugs can harm your health and cancel out the effects of a good diet and exercise.

Doing these things can:

  • lower your immune system, which protects you from getting ill
  • cause mental health problems
  • cause depression

Childline provide a range of advice to help if you need it.