How to: “Glo Up”

“Glo Up” is a slang term used to describe someone’s incredible transformation, usually physical. However, all good physical transformations stem from emotional, mental, and spiritual transformations. What better time to glo up than summer vacation? Here’s some tips on how to glo up and impress everyone next school year:20770459_2016326815060253_8848171519284287035_n20914454_2019583301401271_4976632719682920103_n31841477_1955309027823608_5041913025611694080_n.jpg

Physically:

  1. Drink at least 8 cups of water a day! Bonus, if you cut out sugary juices and carbonated sodas. Water helps improve skin, promotes weight loss, eliminates toxins, boosts energy, pretty much does everything.
  2. Exercise frequently. All adults should be exercising for at least 30 minutes a day. This doesn’t have to be running or lifting weights though, because that is not for everyone. Summer is great for exercising! Try to find something you like doing, hiking, swimming, dancing, are all fun alternatives. Exercising improves physical and mental health.
  3. Go outdoors. Again this could be exercising, having a campfire, reading a book on your porch, etc. It is always a good idea to reconnect with nature. Breathe some fresh air, get some Vitamin D, all that good stuff.
  4. Other than that, just do what you already know. Eat fruits and vegetables, cut down on sugars and carbs, but still enjoy what you eat! There is no point in doing this, if you are miserable.
  5. Don’t focus on a specific weight. As long as your happy and healthy, you are just fine.

Mentally:

  1. Read a book. I’ll admit, I’m not the best at picking up a new book, but I am working on it! Reading improves vocabulary, memory, writing, and concentration. Again, it’s all about finding what you love to read. I’m a huge Sci-Fi nerd!
  2. Learn something new. Whether this be cooking, knitting, a new sport, a language, whatever, it is always fun to try something different. I personally want to learn ax or knife throwing, but that’s just me. Learning something new gives you a great sense of pride and who knows maybe your new hobby will lead you to your career.
  3. Learn your strengths and weaknesses. The best way to improve yourself, is to know what you need to improve. Seems obvious right? You can ask your family and friends what they think and it may help you to self reflect. Celebrate your strengths and think of one thing you can do everyday to improve your weaknesses.

Emotionally:

  1. Take some time for self care. The whole point of this all around glo up is to become a better you! So remember, “Self Care Isn’t Selfish”. Self Care can be rewarding yourself on payday. I had someone tell me, “Always buy yourself something with every paycheck you get, even if you can only afford a candy bar.” Self Care can be a bubble bath, binge watching your favorite show, reading a book, or getting your nails done.
  2. Meditate. This is different for everyone, some people listen to affirmations, some listen to nature, some sit in silence. For me personally, my form of meditation is listening to music and stretching. It resets my mind and prepares me for my day.
  3. Journal. If I could only attest to one thing that improved my emotional health, other than friend and family support, it would be journaling. It is so helpful to see where you are in life, the blessings you have, the strength you have to have been able to get through tough times, and overall improvement. My personal journal is almost like a scrapbook, along with journal entries, it has quotes, pictures, and mementos.
  4. Cut out toxic people from your life. Whether they are “friends”, colleagues, significant others, or whatever, cut them out now. Nothing stops personal growth faster than a toxic relationship. People that you want to keep in life are those who support and love you unconditionally.
  5. Forget about what other people think. Again, if they truly matter, they will love and support you no matter what. Strive to impress yourself. Make yourself happy.

Spiritually: Feel free to skip this or adapt to fit you. I will be writing towards the LDS Church, since that is my personal beliefs. 

  1. Read your scriptures everyday, especially the Book of Mormon. There is a reason the prophets and apostles have said repeatedly to study the Book of Mormon everyday. Nothing builds your testimony faster or helps you understand God more than this book. It is one thing that helps set our church apart.
  2. Pray everyday. If you want to build a relationship with God, praying is crucial. In life if you want to feel closer to them you have to communicate frequently with them. This goes for friendships, family, and relationships, so it definitely is true for your Heavenly Father as well. Two way communication and personal revelation is such a great blessing we have.
  3. Attend church meetings. The sacrament is vital in our church to renew our covenants. Also, I can’t tell you how many times I have received answers and inspiration in a church meeting. Even if the teacher or speaker doesn’t say the answer directly, it is a feeling you get from being in the right place at the right time.
  4. Attend the temple, as often as you can. I know life is crazy, so going once a week or once a month may not be possible. Try to set aside some time though, even if you can’t go inside, the feeling you get from sitting on the temple grounds is still remarkable. Also, nothing will give you more motivation and keep you on track to getting to a place where you can go inside the temple, than being on temple grounds.

So there’s my top glo up tips. I hope you found this helpful. Most of all, I hope you are happy with yourself, no matter where you are at in life. Focus on loving you and becoming your best self, everything else will fall into place.

Much love and support,

Maria Jo Stephens

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