Welcome to the journey toward a holistic glow-up! This transformational experience encompasses more than just physical appearance.; it also includes inner work, personal growth, and self-care. When you nourish your mind, body, and soul, you will radiate beauty and confidence.
This guide will cover a variety of aspects that make up a healthy makeover; from mindfulness and boundaries to healthy eating habits, this guide will examine them all. These areas are the foundation of a healthy, balanced, and fulfilling life.
Let’s embark on this journey of self-discovery, transformation, and glow-up like never before!
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What is a Glow-up?
To achieve your best self, you need to improve yourself both mentally and physically; it is the ultimate transformation in mind, body, and nutrition. A healthy attitude and healthy habits can make anyone glow.
A glow-up can be defined as a “mental and physical transformation that is for the better.” Glow-ups can either be natural or planned. “As well as being permanent and gradual, or fast and temporary,” as defined by Urban Dictionary.
Many people focus on the physical aspect and think of a glow-up as a makeover, but I was intrigued by the mental and emotional aspects and thought it was something I could get behind.
There is always room for improvement, especially when it comes to our mental and emotional health; these are also factors that affect our mental state.
You will notice improvements in many areas of life once you learn how to shine mentally; I’m referring to your productivity, relationships, and mindset.
What is a Glow-up Checklist?
A glow-up checklist is a list of activities and habits to follow to achieve a glowing appearance; this will improve your lifestyle and transform you from the inside to look and feel great.
It doesn’t need to be crazy! You don’t have to do everything on the glow-up checklist.
Benefits of using a Glow-up Checklist
- Feel stronger, healthier, and more energetic.
- Feel more confident
- Enhance your overall health.
- Learn self-care activities that are effective for you.
- Change your mindset for your growth.
- Develop new, healthy habits.
- Enjoy your life!
- Improve your energy
- Your goals are within reach.
- Get a healthier lifestyle.
- Increase your self-love
How to make a Glow-up Checklist that works
You can only make the glow-up checklist as good as your efforts, so you need to be consistent, and realistic expectations are key.
As I said at the beginning, it is helpful to implement glow-up habits daily or every other day for 30 days to see what works. Some habits will work for everyone, while others can be skipped; the best way to develop a glowing routine is to use the glow-up checklist as a trial run for 30 days with the intent to identify and navigate good habits that you wish to maintain.
How to Glow-up: Physical glow
Establishing mindful morning and evening routines will help you to maintain harmony and balance throughout the day. Self-care and relaxation are essential for your well-being, and they can also cultivate an inner glow.
The blue light from devices such as computers, smartphones, tablets, and TVs can disrupt your body’s sleep-wake cycle, making it hard to fall asleep. Reduced exposure to blue light at night can help improve sleep and give you a more energetic mood.
Drink more water
You’ve heard it a thousand times, but we could all benefit from drinking more than we do. It is essential to stay hydrated for your physical health, so make sure you drink plenty of water.
Create a workout routine.
It may seem like a lot of work to start a workout, but you don’t need to do it for long. Find something that you like, such as a morning stretch and walk or strength-building from YouTube videos or fitness toptoon.
Include more healthy foods in your diet.
Do not limit yourself by eating only foods that you enjoy; add more options to your diet, and you will be able to try a wider range of foods. It is possible to have a balanced lifestyle and still maintain a healthy diet.
Regularly clean and organize your space
It is worth your time to be more disciplined about cleaning.
You can feel overwhelmed if your home is always cluttered, so set up a cleaning schedule you can follow. What works for you? If cleaning your bedroom every single day is too much, then you can have a routine.
Find movement you actually enjoy
In reference to my previous point, you should choose a movement that you like; if you don’t enjoy it, you won’t stick with any exercise, from walking to running to dancing.
Create a skincare routine.
A skincare routine is a good way to glow up, create one, and follow through.
- Body lotion
Find your style
It’s refreshing to know what you like when it comes to fashion.
Pinterest and fashion blogs are great sources of inspiration to find your style.
Find your go-to makeup look.
Find what you enjoy, and don’t worry about the latest trends; after a few attempts, you will develop your own makeup style.
Have a signature perfume scent.
Having a signature perfume scent that feels so “you!” is another step toward having the put-together glow-up routine.
It would help a whole lot if you got enough quality sleep; it is important to get at least seven hours of sleep every night, and this may mean that you have to go to bed earlier.
You can ensure that you get the sleep needed to boost your brain power by incorporating a relaxing winddown ritual, which includes a meditation for sleep.
Pamper yourself every now and then.
It’s not necessary to spend a lot of money to look good; you can pamper yourself with a trip to the salon or getting your nails done.
How to Glow-up: Mental glow
Start every morning with a 5-minute meditation.
If you’ve never meditated before, you can start by focusing on your breath, saying positive affirmations, praying, or practicing mindfulness.
Five minutes to clear your head, connect with yourself, and decide how you want to begin your day are all it takes to create a positive morning.
Journal your thoughts – Write down what your ideal life is.
It’s not complicated and time-consuming; it’s easier for me to simply write down all my thoughts and structure my day in that flow.
One of the most helpful journal exercises that I have done was to sit down and think about my ideal life; it helps you to identify your vision of life and then guide the goals that you set.
I pondered on what I wished my life to be like in terms of career, home, relationships, spirituality, and mental health, and then, I let my thoughts flow onto the paper.
Then, I have a good idea of what goals I need to set for each area in order to achieve the ideals I want out of my life.
Do you ever have those nights when your mind is too busy to sleep? This is a great time to get all your thoughts out of your mind and onto paper. It doesn’t have to take more than 10 minutes.
Identify the goals and habits to take to achieve your ideal life.
After a rough sketch of my ideal life, I wrote down the goals that would be associated with it.
Even more importantly, I also identified the habits required to achieve these goals; by combining habits with goals, you can put your plan into action.
- What do you want?
- How will you achieve it?
Let go of what no longer serves you.
It can be difficult, but evaluating your life and letting go of what doesn’t serve you is a powerful way to change the course of your life and keep up the glow.
If you are aware that social media is a constant source of negativity for your self-image, then reduce the time you spend on it. You can even start by unfollowing those accounts that make you unhappy.
Read a personal development book for 30 minutes daily.
There are many books that can help you improve your life and yourself. Even 30 minutes of reading a day can be a powerful tool for self-improvement.
Personal growth is a key component to achieving a holistic glow-up. You will enrich your life and boost your self-esteem and confidence by investing your time and energy in learning and improving yourself.
- Read widely. Immerse yourself into books, articles, and podcasts to stimulate your mind and spark your curiosity.
- Online courses are a great way to learn new skills, broaden your knowledge, and connect with like-minded people. You can learn new skills, expand your knowledge, and meet like-minded people.
- Identify where you can improve and spend time building those skills. You can do this by pursuing a passion, learning a language, or practicing an instrument.
Get your schedule in check.
If you’re having trouble managing your time and have a chaotic schedule, decluttering your mind will help.
It is essential to create a schedule that you can stick to.
Stick to or try out a new hobby.
Hobbies can help us live a happier life; you can add joy to your life by adding one new hobby each year.
Explore your personal values.
What are your values? James Clear, the author of Atomic Habits, has a great listing of core values. Take a look and see which ones you resonate with. Spend some time thinking:
- What is most important to you?
- What you need to succeed
- What you can’t compromise on
Knowing your core values can give you direction in life and help you make decisions.
There are many benefits to self-reflection, including less anxiety, increased confidence, a more positive outlook, stronger relationships, and a better connection with your intuition. Try a self-reflection practice as part of your mental glow-up; use a journal and write down your answers to one or two self-reflection questions every morning or evening; this will help you to become more aware of yourself and develop a deeper connection.
When you set boundaries, you decide what and who will be allowed into your life; you also decide to what extent.
Saying no to people who drain you or make you feel bad may be necessary; you may need to say no to taking on more social obligations.
Set boundaries to show yourself love and take care of your well-being; you need both if you want to know how to shine mentally.
How often do you think about your gratitude? Journaling your gratitude on a regular basis will help you stay positive and keep track of the good things in life.
You can also identify your values in life by doing this; you may be grateful for your fitness and health.
You can benefit from mindfulness if you are a very future-focused person; we sometimes need to step back and focus on the present.
It can be as easy as noticing the extra value in your morning coffee or making an extra effort to be present with your family at night; meditation is another way to focus on your current senses.
Embrace Mindfulness and Self-Compassion
It’s easy to succumb to the pressure of perfectionism in the age of social networking; comparing our lives to others can cause feelings of inadequacy. We can counteract this by practicing mindfulness and self-compassion and allowing ourselves the freedom to embrace our unique journey and accept our imperfections while doing better and being better.
Read More: Why Am I So Unhappy?
How to Glow-up: Spiritual glow
Every day, pray and declare positive affirmations
Regular prayer helps and builds you up (glow-up); speaking positive affirmations can also be a powerful way to connect and elevate yourself. Make it a habit, make it your life, and blend it into your daily routine.
Be part of a spiritual group or church and family.
You may feel lonely without like-minded friends. So, surround yourself with those who will be on your journey of spiritual growth. Making friends is always an added bonus.
Ask questions about things you’re conflicted about.
While it can be difficult to face our doubts, ignoring them will only lead you to feel confused. You can explore your answers, question your beliefs, learn, and grow. Every year, read at least one Christian book.
Reflect on where you’re at spiritually in a journal.
Spirituality is often put on the back burner for some due to the demands of my work and adult life.
Consider where you are and what has been stopping you from focusing more on your spirituality. Consider what you know, how you have grown, and how much more you need to.
It is important to visualize your goals, believe in them, and keep them in mind, declare manifestation. Glow-ups are characterized by a sense of confidence in oneself and your abilities.
You’ll be empowered to take action if you talk as if it has already happened or will happen; this is faith speaking with certainty.
This glow-up checklist can help you start your journey to a glowing transformation. It will not happen overnight, but the dedication and commitment you put into yourself is what matters most.
Be patient, persistent, and enjoy the growth.
You are not only changing your appearance, you’re sculpting yourself into a more powerful, radiant version of yourself, ready to take on the world with a renewed sense of power and beauty within. Grow Up and Glow-Up!