Updated: Aug 17, 2020
7 Self Care Tips During Seasons of Heavy Change
First, let's get some timely, present day lingo in our vernacular:
Glow Up (noun): A significant self-transformation; a mental, physical, and an emotional transformation for the better. Glow Ups can be both natural or planned. As well as being gradual and permanent, or fast and temporary.
Whether you’re going through a layoff, experiencing a significant relationship change, in a major work-life-sanity imbalance, or even just trying to get through a tough season of life, I believe that there are things we can do and prioritize for ourselves that will allow us to survive, grow and ultimately thrive.
Here are my 7 go-to self care tips when weathering heavy seasons of change:
Prioritize daily fitness no matter what — ideally first thing in the morning, so that you give your body and mind a boost of endorphins and allow yourself to feel strong right at the beginning of your day.
Journal. Spend at least 10 minutes journaling about your future self and life, as if it’s already happened. Not sure where to start? Start list-making. Make a list of things you love about your new life.
Do a #ViceDetox. Review the things (vices!) in your life that are holding you back and remove them from your life for at least 30 days so that nothing distracts you from what needs your focus. Examples of things to remove: booze, TV, social media, a food group, relationships, caffeine etc...
Complete a consumption audit. This has nothing to do with food, and everything to do with the people, news, stories, and the consistent messaging you consume. Level up on what you allow into your life. Surround yourself with badass, strong women. If you want to play in the big leagues you need to consume thoughts, lessons and people who are at a level you aspire to be at. Pick 5-10 leaders you admire and aspire to be like. Follow them, listen to their podcasts and interviews, understand what makes them tick and adopt their tips that work for you.
Prioritize creative outlets. Creativity fuels your soul, and gives you an outlet that allows you to express yourself however you see fit, which is important during times of transition. The job search is a grind and it's a marathon not a sprint, and it's important to find outlets for release and to fuel your creativity -- heck, it may even lead you in a completely new direction for the better!
Get good music into your life. Make a playlist. Listen to your favorite band. Throw a dance party.
Treat yo self. Set some milestones on your journey to the other side, and reward yourself for what you accomplish. Schedule a celebratory donut date with your kids. Buy the fancy Champagne.
Embrace your transformation while taking care of yourself throughout the process. Welcome to the #GlowUp.