A healthy life starts with small habits and activities that accumulate. Here are my 10 Glow-Up Life Hacks to make you look and feel your very best. They are simple yet, effective actions you can take to maximise your chances of feeling and looking your very best.
1. Eat for fuel and strength
People often associate the term glow-up with weight loss and dietary restriction, but it’s much more than that, glowing up is about looking and feeling your best long term. When it comes to food, we need to ditch the fad diets and eat for fuel and wellness. The road to eating for happiness and health does not lay solely on a diet of boiled chicken and plain rice. You need a colourful, varied diet with healthy fats. Eating seasonally is a good way to start and expand on that from there.
2. Stay hydrated.
There is no Glow Up without water, so stick to water and caffeine-free teas for the best results. Water is the best hydrator we have available to us and tea adds flavour as well as other health benefits. You can add natural sugars like honey or agave for sweetness. There is no amount of water you need per day, only to maintain hydration based on your body’s needs.
3. Go green with your skincare
Real glow comes from happiness and wellness and that can be enhanced by going green with your skincare. Gone are the days when natural skincare meant smelly positions and ineffective lotions. We now seamlessly combine nature and innovation to create effective, high-performing skincare that is rooted in wellness and good for you.
For body care, use a natural plant-based soap bar to nourish and soothe whilst cleaning the skin. Combine with the African Sapo Sponge to rid the body of its daily dead skin shedding and to clean away yesterday’s lotion, sweat and other pollutants. Layer your moisturiser with either an oil an butter or with water-based cream/lotion then seal with a body butter or an oil for glowing healthy skin. No matter what you choose, try and avoid using anything with an ingredient list that you can’t pronounce or eat.
4. Detox your cleaning products.
You don’t need to put another hole in the ozone layer to clean your home, there are plenty of green alternatives that are very effective dirt and bacterial removers without damaging your skin or planet. Washing up liquid, vinegar and bicarbonate soda go a long way in providing excellent cleaning without all the toxins.
5. Build a community of love
If you are anything like me, you have a list of people on your phone or Instagram that no longer bring you joy. Cut them off! Now is the time, this is the sign you have been looking for. Curate your community based on love, mutual respect and encouragement. You deserve happiness and anyone who doesn’t want that for you and you for them, is not for you, let them go and make space for those who do.
6. Mind Games
Think of the mind as a muscle and the more you work it the stronger it gets. Exercising the brain strengthens neural pathways and builds new ones. Neural pathways house our memories and the goal is to develop and maintain these pathways with good habits, thoughts and actions.
One of the best ways to train the brain is by doing puzzles, memorising long numbers, reading, learning and playing. The Rubix cube, sudoku and brain training games are some of the best ways to
Adult play stimulates the imagination, making you able to adapt and problem-solve. Playing with others can also help relationships and build meaningful connections to those around you. Sharing laughter and fun can encourage feelings like empathy, compassion, trust, and build intimacy with others.
7a. Be creative
Engaging in creative activities has a positive effect on mental health as it reduces stress, improves mood and boosts self-confidence. significant mental health benefits. It helps to reduce stress, improve mood, and boost self-confidence. The more you experience these things the more receptive to learning you are.
8. Health is wealth
Take your supplements. Get some bloodwork done to identify what you are missing in your diet and get the supplement to fill that gap. Your health is your wealth and it needs to be prioritised over everything
9. Enjoy the moment.
That doesn’t mean I don’t have ambitions or want to explore other lives, but I want to always take time to thank the creator and the universe for today. That can be really hard when things aren’t going the way you want but being mindful about being in the moment can gound you in the most unexpected way.
10. Stay on top of your finances
Money is one of the world’s biggest stressors so knowing what you have or don’t have is key to minimising unwanted financial surprises. Keeping track of your finances reduces the chances of fraudulent activities going unnoticed and it prevents you from going over and getting fines. Grab your favourite drink and do a weekly audit of your experiences and spending to make sure you don’t have a Do a weekly finance audit and get real cosy with your money.
Here’s a list of 10 Ways To Find Happiness to make you look and feel your very best.
We all love a summary so in short, do some or all of the following so you look and feel your best always.
- Eat for fuel and wellness – Ditch the fad diets and eat for fuel and wellness.
- Stay hydrated – no sugary drinks and limit caffeine, up your water and herbal tea intake.
- Go green with your skincare – use natural and holistic skincare.
- Detox your cleaning products – you need 100’s of chemicals to have a clean home.
- Build a community you love – remove the people that cause you pain and increase the people that bring you joy, even family, and those toxic day-ones.
- Do mind challenges to strengthen and build mind muscles
- Play – Play games, like chess, contact sports and team activities to build relationships and confidence. Be creative
- Health is health – prioritise your health, including the mind, body and spirit.
- Enjoy the moment – Take time to enjoy the now whilst looking forward to the future.
- Stay on top of your finances – You need to know what’s happening with your money so you can plan for life’s ups and downs.
And there you have it, some essentials to keep you happy, healthy and vibrant.
Go on, be good to yourself