If you’re a military Veteran, you’re skilled at serving your country. But it might feel less natural to focus on your own wellness.

After you retire from service, self-care is essential for maintaining your physical and mental health.

Taking time to focus on your health and wellness can make a big difference in your quality of life — and increase your ability to show up for your family and community.

Check out the infographic below for tips on how to get started.

Self-care can lower your risk of getting sick, boost your energy levels, and help you manage stress. Even small acts of self-care can make a big difference, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

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It can take time and persistence to make self-care activities feel normal. But even just one act of self-care can help start you on the road to taking better care of your physical and mental health.

Taking steps to support yourself will also increase your ability to be there for your family and community.