How To Glow Up Physically And Mentally In 2021

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With all of us being mostly restricted to the ghastly interior of our own homes 24/7, it is to be expected that we might’ve let ourselves go a little. Constant snacking, living in our Pj’s, I think it’s safe to say that we have all become modern day hermits!

But as we’re halfway through the first month of 2021, it is time to make a change, it’s time to glow up during quarantine! With all the extra time we have on our hands, why not use it to turn into the best versions of ourselves.

What Exactly Is A Glow Up?

In short, a glow up is a transformation one undergoes to improve their mental and physical state. Whether it be through skincare or daily affirmations, the end goal is to be the best version of yourself! It is typical for people to want to glow up after a breakup or any other negative experience to feel better about themselves and live a better life overall.

In this case, you may want to glow up to combat quarantine/self-isolation laziness.
Don’t worry girl, we’re all in the same boat here. But why settle for a boat when you can have a whole yacht, you could be that yacht!
Alright, before I get carried away, here is my guide on how to glow up during quarantine!

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How Can I Glow Up During Quarantine?


1. Start Working Out

May favourite tip to glow up during quarantine is to exercise. Improve your fitness and get yourself in shape! There are tons of YouTube channels full of no equipment needed home workout videos and they are just waiting for you to click. As we are all pretty much locked inside, it won’t hurt to move a lil and get your blood pumping every once in a while. As a mother, I know how unquestionably difficult it can be to find time to fit in a workout but I assure you, slotting in a short video here and there will still make a big difference.

Try kick starting your morning with a 10 minute workout video to get you motivated for the day. I know that every time I exercise in the morning, I feel energised and find I’m much more productive that day.
Overtime, experiment with combining different videos and see what works for you. Before you know it, you’ll have a whole routine that you just can’t live without.

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2. Establish a skincare routine

Establishing a decent skincare routine will not only allow you to glow up, but will also give your face a visible youthful glow too! It is important to cleanse, tone and moisturise to achieve that healthy look and the key here is to regularly HYDRATE!
I shared my nighttime skincare routine and it features a detailed step-by-step on how to get your skin looking like silk with very affordable products. It is very easy to see great results with ‘drugstore’ prices.

As well as this, there are different things you an do to pamper yourself and rejuvenate your skin. You can:

  • Try a face mask.
  • Purchase a derma-roller. (There are plenty on amazon but make sure you research on how to use them correctly)
  • Shave your face with a facial razor and get rid of your peach fuzz.

    These are just some things I do when I truly want to reset myself.

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3. Take Care Of Your Hair

Hey you!
Yes you! It’s time to stop neglecting that bird’s nest on top of your head. As there is less reason for us to style our hair during quarantine, it has become very easy to abandon our haircare routines.

Just like our faces, especially with curly hair, our hair needs regular moisture to stay alive and flourish so that means regular deep conditioning and overall moisturisation! Also remember to detangle frequently to avoid unnecessary breakage!
If you have curly hair, check out my list of 10 protective styles for natural hair. They are extremely cute and are perfect during the colder months.

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4. Get Your Mind Right!

A Glow up is not only a physical transformation yet a mental one too. It is important to take care of yourself, and that means getting your mind right. Try meditating to help relax yourself or even practice daily affirmations to get rid of those negative thoughts. You’ve got this!

5. Get Your 5 a Day

I know, eating 5 portions of the healthy stuff may sound like challenge but there are ways you can make them fun and delicious. Try making a smoothie or even roasting a bunch of vegetables on one pan- they all count towards your 5 a day. We are often put off by the idea of eating raw vegetables but I assure you that they can also be delicious- I’ve had some amazing salads in my time!

6. Supplement For a New You

In early 2020, I discovered some supplements that really changed my life. Like I mentioned earlier, if you find it difficult to consume 5 portions of fruit and veg in a day, why not try a super greens supplement drink? And that’s only the beginning, there are tons of supplements out there that can help to improve your physical state (such as hair and nail growth) as well as clear your mind and have you feeling utterly rejuvenated.

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7. Get Your Z’s

With the right amount of uninterrupted sleep, you can really wake up as a whole new person. A lack of sleep can really affect your day as it can take a toll on your energy levels. Sleep deprivation is also terrible for your appearance- no one want’s eye bags! So for the ultimate glow up during quarantine, try getting at least 7 hours of sleep a day. I know it may be tough but by doing the right things and following a routine, it is very doable!

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8. Transform Your Space

It goes without saying that a good spring clean can have you feeling totally refreshed. And it is important that your surrounding space reflects how you want to feel. A cluttered environment is not only an eyesore but also brings along a lot of negative energy and stress.
On top of that, your space will be clean and your mind will be even cleaner.

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9. Try New Recipes

Delete that Uber Eats App now! Go on, do it. And once that’s done, start cooking more! Pinterest is absolutely FULL of recipes and inspiration.
If you’re new to cooking, start with something simple.
Incorporate plenty of fruit and veg into your meals for a well balanced diet and start eating healthier today- you’ll thank yourself for it.

10. Drink Your Water!!!

Water is so beneficial to our bodies, after all, we are literally made up of 60% of the stuff! For the best glowy skin, you have to hydrate hydrate hydrate!

Upping your water intake is one of the best things you could do for your body when it comes to a glow up during quarantine. Did you know that the daily recommended intake for women is nearly a whole 3 litres! That’s atleast 11 glasses. Get yourself a large 2 litre bottle and challenge yourself to finish it by the end of the day!

11. Jot Your Thoughts Down In a Journal

Although most of our days are looking the same, try writing down how you feel in a notepad or even better, a Bujo.
This time can be extremely taxing on our individual mental health so journalling your thoughts can act like a way for you to vent out all the negativity in your day. That way, you have the chance to read it back and work on it!

12. Love Yourself!

And the last step to your glow up during quarantine is to love yourself!
When you love yourself, life becomes much more enjoyable. It’s an extreme confidence boost and can really change the way you see things. After all, people come and go, but you will always remain in your life! In the words of Mama Ru, “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else!? Can I get an Amen up in here?”


So that’s it. These are the steps I have been using to glow up during quarantine. Hopefully they have been of some help to you too! Let me know in the comments below how it goes- here’s to glowing up!!

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16 Comments
  • Fadima Mooneira
    January 27, 2021

    These are good tips. I agree with all. Thank you for sharing.

    • TheDailyShayla
      January 27, 2021

      I’m glad! Thankyou for stopping by πŸ™‚

  • Meg
    January 27, 2021

    Love this, very motivating x

  • Monique
    February 1, 2021

    Definitely! With the right amount of sleep, food, exercise, and peace of mind, you’ll surely glow up even without a skin care routine I’d say! Journaling is a huge help and yes I think many people including me lol forget how important it is to take care of our hair so thank you for that!! Great post!

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    • TheDailyShayla
      February 1, 2021

      You are totally right! Thankyou, I’m glad you enjoyed it πŸ™‚

  • Rachel - Rays of Adventure
    February 1, 2021

    Great post! I really enjoyed reading this, it’s so important to remember to look after ourselves in such a difficult year. I’ve been finding the latest lockdown in the UK more difficult so I’ve definitely been having some lazy days, but reading this has motivated me to get back to looking after myself better. Thanks for sharing!

    • TheDailyShayla
      February 3, 2021

      I’m super happy that I was able to motivate you! It has been so easy for us all to become lazy, but now is the perfect time to focus on ourselves! Thank-you for stopping by! πŸ˜€

  • Kim
    February 10, 2021

    I cringed when reading this…it was like you were looking straight at me! I’m a mess 🀣
    Thank you for the pep talk, i love the ideas – they are so doable! I’m off to sort this birds nest out now

    • TheDailyShayla
      February 12, 2021

      LOL! Trust me, I think a lot of us haven’t been feeling ourselves during this past year! I’m rooting for you! πŸ™‚

  • Jenna Breunig
    February 10, 2021

    This is great advice! I really like how you focus on healthy habits, not just things to make you look more beautiful on the outside. Some parts of my appearance are not going to change unless I undergo plastic surgery, and that doesn’t sound like a good idea. I’m taking more vitamins and I tried using an exercise ball as a chair, which has gotten my step count through the roof. I’m not sure it’ll make me any prettier, but I think I’ll feel nicer!

    • TheDailyShayla
      February 12, 2021

      I believe one of the most important steps to a glow up is to love yourself. Of-course there may be things on the outside that we wish were a little different but the best thing we can do is accept that and love ourselves for being that way! (we are all unique after all). It’s great that you have added those little things to your routine, as long as you feel good, that’s all that matters! πŸ˜€

  • Reina
    February 11, 2021

    Love the checklist! One of the things I started doing during quarantine was meditating and it has made such a difference in my life.

    • TheDailyShayla
      February 11, 2021

      Thats’s amazing! πŸ˜€ I definitely would like to try meditating more, I’m glad it’s working for you.

  • Samantha
    February 12, 2021

    Love these tips! Definitely make the most out of a bad situation.

    • TheDailyShayla
      February 13, 2021

      Im glad you enjoyed! That’s the best thing we can do πŸ˜€

  • Angie
    October 20, 2021

    Love all these tips. I really need to work on transforming our space. Lots of decluttering to do and I know it will really help.

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