If you’re looking for the ultimate guide on how to glow up, we’ve got you covered!
Are you ready to take your life to the next level? To finally reach out to your potential and start living your best, most authentic, and most exciting life? It starts with a simple decision to upgrade your life! If you’re unsure where to start, I hope this blogpost will give you a little help. This is the ultimate guide on how to glow up.
What is a Glow Up?
A glow up is an incredible transformation. By levelling up all aspects of your life, taking responsibility, and upgrading your looks, you glow up. Many websites focus on just the physical aspect of glowing up. Get your hair done, stick with the skincare, and buy some new outfits. But I believe that there’s more to it.
While it’s super important to feel confident in your own skin and with the way you look, glowing up goes beyond that. We want to glow up your looks, AND your mindset, your bank account, your relationships, and your health. This guide will help you get started with a detailed list on what to focus on when glowing up.
How To Glow Up: A Full Guide
If you decide to finally take control of your life and start living up to the potential within you, where do you start? I’ve put together this detailed guide to help you get started. Please take from it what could be useful to you, and add anything that helps you glow up in your own unique way. Let’s dive in!
Glow Up Your Looks
Most people think about their appearance when thinking about a glow up. How to glow up your looks? While there is more to a glow up then just the way you look, it’s a great place to start. By feeling prettier and taking better care of yourself, you’ll automatically start to feel more confident – ready to glow up other aspects of your life!
Set Skin Care Routines
Start Facial Exercises
Improve Your Sleep Hygiene
Getting enough sleep is crutial for a glowing appreance.
Learn New Hair & Make-Up Looks
Sometimes, it’s not what you have, but what you do with it. By taking some time to learn new skills in terms of how to do your make-up and hair, you can transform your appearance. There are so many tutorials on YouTube and Pinterest, so make sure you set some time apart to invest in this knowledge. Find what works best for you.
Work On Your Dream Body
Heal Your Hair
Get that haircut! Use hair oils, overnight masks, invest in good shampoo and conditioner, and avoid heat
Improve Your Fashion Style
Learn what types of clothes are good for your body type and skin tone. What fits your personality?
Fix Your Eyebrows
Give Your Teeth Some TLC
Get them checked and professionally cleaned. Start flossing if you don’t already, clean them after drinking coffee. Look into getting them whitened.
Love Your Hands & Nails
Put sunscreen on your hands, use handcreme, cut your nails, use nail oil
Work On Your Posture
Glow Up Your Health
Drink More Water
I know. I know… It’s so simple and EVERYBODY tells you to drink more water. But are you actually doing it? Buy yourself a water bottle and challenge yourself to drink 2-3L per day. It honestly makes a world of difference!
Up Your Nutrition
Making big lifestyle changes is tough, but it’s a little bit easier when you plan accordingly.
Take Your Vitamins
Decide on what needs work and make a plan/schedule. Especially cardio is super important
Glow Up Your Mindset
But glowing up isn’t just for the outside. It may even be more important to focus on the inside for a full transformation. Focussing on your mental health and mindset is essential for living a better and happier life. So what should you focus on?
You probably already know this and have read it on many other sites, but meditation is one of the best ways to improve your mindset and create space in your mind for growth. Meditating is simple, but it’s not easy to do it every day. Start by simply making it a habit – tell yourself that you’ll meditate for five short minutes every day. Don’t miss a day!
If you struggle with just sitting there in silence, I suggest trying out one of the many available guided meditations on YouTube. I’ve been meditating daily for a while and I still love using these.
I truly believe that therapy can be beneficial for everybody. You don’t need to be at your lowest to reach out for help. It took me a while to finally take the step to start talking to my therapist, and I was indeed at a very low point. But talking to her uncovered a lot of past traumas that I wasn’t aware of.
While the main “issues” that initially caused me to reach out are pretty much solved, I am very happy to keep going to therapy to help me through these traumas. So many things suddenly fall into place now I have a safe space to work through these emotions and events.
It’s helped me understand my emotions and behaviour a lot better, and treat myself with a lot more compassion.
Read Books About Spirituality
Starting a journal is another great way to quiet the mind, organize your thoughts, and get to know yourself better. Journaling is known to relieve stress, improve your memory, and give you time to reflect on your life. Simply buy a notebook (or download a journaling app like Notion and Day One), set a time every day to spend a few minutes writing, and stick to it!
You can write about ANYTHING. About what you did that day, what you’re thinking, what you’re feeling, ideas for the future, etc. Alternatively, you can use journaling prompts to explore your thoughts and give yourself the opportunity to get to know your inner self.
Declutter Your Social Media
While Social Media can be used as an amazing tool to meet like-minded people, teach you, and inspire you, it can also be a source of unhappiness. Especially when your timeline and the content you consume impact you negatively and/or fill you with jealousy or feeling like you’re not good enough.
Remember YOU are in control of what content you consume. Take back that control by unfollowing/blocking any account that doesn’t vibe with you anymore or spark negative emotions. Only allow content on your timeline that motivate you and make you feel happy/alive.
Another big one for me was deleting most social media apps off my phone and turning off notifications for those I kept. Time spent scrolling on Twitter or TikTok can be used so much better!
Say Daily Affirmations
Start saying daily affirmations. Affirmations are positive statements that help with positive thinking and self-empowerment. For example “I am amazing”, “The universe is out to do me good”, “My friends love me and like spending time with me”, “I am exactly where I need to be”, and “Money flows to me easily”.
Try to pick a few that resonate with you and say them (out loud) every day. Even if you don’t believe them yet, keep at it. Your brain doesn’t really know the difference between a lie and a truth – by repeating these statements to yourself, you’ll start to believe them in time. I know it sounds crazy, but I have seen insane improvements in my life and the way I look at the world since starting doing this.
If you need some inspiration for affirmations, I have a few blog posts filled with ideas that you can use:
111 Self Love Affirmations
111 Money Affirmations
Glow Up Your Finances
Whether we like it or not, money and finances are part of our lives. Unless you want to cut yourself off from modern life and go live on a mountain with a tiny self-sufficient farm, ya gonna need the dough.
Being financially educated and secure is not about hoarding money or taking advantage of others while making money, it’s about creating freedom and taking away the worries that are often paid with money. So how do we glow this up?
Know Where You Stand
The first (and often most scary) step to taking control of your financial situation is figuring out where you stand. How are you doing financially? Take some time to calculate your net worth (all the money and investments you have – your debt).
Do you have any credit card debt that is causing sleepless nights? Are you always surprised that there’s a bit of month left at the end of your money and aren’t sure where it’s going? Do you have any idea of how much savings/investments you actually have?
Know where you stand, then we can start to plan on how to make it better!
Improve Your Financial Literacy
Gaining the knowledge needed to turn around your finances is crucial. You don’t have to become a business student to learn about personal finances, but you do need to take responsibility.
By learning more about how to deal with personal finance, budgeting, and investing, you can glow up your life in more than one way. Money is a tricky subject and not many people talk openly about it, but taking control of your financial situation can take away tons of stress and create freedom for yourself.
If you’re not sure where to start improving your financial literacy, there are tons of books, podcasts, and videos to start. Here are some of my favourites:
The Best Money Mindset Books For Beginners
Track Your Finances & Budget
One of the easiest ways to become more aware of your financial situation and habits is by tracking where your money goes. Promise yourself to write down every single pound/dollar/euro you spend for the next month. Where does it go? How much do you save? How much do you invest?
Once you know where your money goes, you can start to make changes.
- Are there any subscriptions you can cancel?
- Are there other parts where you can save money?
- Can you negotiate any fixed charges like insurance and your electricity bill?
Then, make a budget. How much money do you want to spend on groceries each month? How much goes towards rent and other fixed bills? How much goes towards treating yourself and eating out? How much goes towards your saving/investing account?
Try this for a few months and adjust accordingly.
Set Financial Goals
Once you know where you stand and have started your budget, you can start to make some goals. Which goals could become a reality with some money? Examples include:
- Save for a wedding
- Save for a big holiday
- Buy a house/apartment
- Buy a rental property
- Invest £100.000 in the stock market
Dream big and write them down. Make a plan on how you can achieve it by breaking it down over months. If you want to buy a house, how much do you need to put aside every month to get your deposit over the next two years? How much do you need to invest every month for your net worth to reach $100.000? Plan and adjust where needed after trying it for a few weeks!
Start A Side-Hustle
Did you know that the average millionaire has seven income streams? Even if becoming a millionaire isn’t your end-goal, it’s not safe to rely on one income stream. I think that 2020 has shown us all how quickly things can change, so creating financial security for yourself is important. You cannot rely on an employer to take care of you!
Creating a side hustle is a great way to increase your financial independence, income, and security. And luckily, the internet gives you so many opportunities to do this! You can start selling crafts on Etsy, start a blog, do some freelance work, get into affiliate marketing… The list is endless!
10 Online Side Hustles To Start From Home
If you think that investing money is only for the rich, think again. Investing money is how you get rich! Another misconception is that investing is like gambling. While it’s not very smart to randomly put money into stocks, by doing your research and buying companies that have great potential, you can let your money work for you.
Trading212 is an easy and free way to start (no fees). If you sign up through this link, we’ll both receive a FREE stock worth up to £100.
Glow Up Your Environment
Clean Your Environment
Create A Cleaning Schedule
Spice It Up
Paint, get some photo frames,
Glow Up Your Goals
Create A 5-Year Plan
Make A Vision Board
I hope that this guide on how to glow up has helped you feel a little bit more organised in your plans to level up your life. You deserve the best life possible, so go make it happen!