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Taking care of yourself

Take a few seconds to think about a houseplant. 

Whatever you’re imagining, be it cactus, fern, or peace lily, that plant needs care and attention. Tend to it regularly, and it will flourish. Neglect it, and it will start to wilt.

Your health isn’t so different.

Taking proper care of your body and mind will keep you healthy and improve your wellbeing. Good self-care can also help people living with long-term conditions: as many as 75% of hospital admissions for asthma and diabetes could be avoided with good self-care routines.ref1 ref2

We want to show you that taking care of yourself can be simple.

So what do we mean by "taking care of yourself"? 

It’s about breaking unhealthy habits and doing small things every day that add up to a healthier, happier you. We want to help make taking care of yourself part of your routine, something you do without thinking.

An illustration of a woman watering her plant.

Where to begin? 

Download Ada and start monitoring your health today. Then, check out our taking care of yourself articles. They’re packed with information and digestible tips to help you look after your body and mind.

Avoiding burnout

Burnout is the physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion caused by chronic, long-term stress. Get tips about how you can avoid it.

Sleeping better

Sleep is essential for a healthy life and an activity most of us love. So why do so many of us struggle to get enough of it? Get tips to make sure you’re getting the rest you need.

Managing anxiety

Anxiety is something we all experience now and again. But for some people, it regularly affects day-to-day life. Get tips for managing anxiety and preventing it in the long term.

Sunbathing and vitamin D

Vitamin D is vital for your health. But protecting yourself from the harmful effects of the sun is just as important. Get tips for getting enough vitamin D safely.

Getting active

Physical inactivity is among the top-10 leading causes of death and disability globally. But getting enough activity is easily achievable for most of us. Get tips for moving more at home, at work, and on the go.

Reducing screen time

We’re spending more and more time staring at screens. But is it doing us any good? Get tips on how you can cut back on screen time.

Reducing risk: type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is a common condition linked to glucose and it affects more people today than ever before. Get tips on how you can reduce your risk. 

Working from home

Switching to a home office can present new challenges to your mental and physical health. Get tips on staying safe, healthy, and happy while you work from home.

Spotting the difference: UTIs and STIs

It's important you understand the difference between UTIs and STIs so that you know when it's time to see a doctor. Get tips on how to tell them apart and what you can do to prevent them.


  1. Blainey, D., et al. Health Trends, (1990), PMID: 10110543.

  2. Alexander, W. D. Diabet Med, (1988), DOI: 10.1111/j.1464-5491.1988.tb01055.x.