I’ve never been a Ciara fan. Prior to the release of her 2018 hit “Level Up”, I couldn’t name a Ciara song. That being said, I am a huge fan of Level Up’s liveliness (perfect for getting you in the mood to workout) and its encouraging lyrics. The song is all about renewal and the idea that you can leave a dark place and find something better. We’ve all seen how Ciara has quite literally ‘glowed up’ after leaving her ex-boyfriend, Future, and entering a committed romantic relationship with doting football player, Russell Wilson. While we can never know what goes on behind doors, it certainly seems like Ciara’s life improved after cutting toxic people (ex. Future) out of her life.
But leveling up isn’t exclusive to celebrities, anyone can do it. Here are four steps you can follow to get you on the right track:
1. Stop Holding On To Your Past
The first verse of “Level Up” states, “Them old mistakes are gone, I won’t do them no more”. Did you hear that? If not, you may need to go back and give the song another listen. You can be in a bad place or be in a difficult (or even toxic) romantic or platonic relationship, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay there. The only thing you can do about regrets and mistakes you’ve made, is to learn from them and avoid making the same mistakes in the future. You can’t change the past.
2. Forget Perfection and Aim To Better Yourself On A Daily Basis
Remember that if you’re struggling with mental illness, the goal isn’t to overcome your illness. Although mental illness goes away for many people, many others struggle chronically with low mood, suicidal thoughts, or other symptoms of mental illness. Instead of trying to beat your illness, focus on finding ways to cope with your illness and live your best life in spite of it. Regular counselling sessions with a licensed mental health professional are a priority, whether you obtain them through public or private health care services. If you’ve been prescribed any medication by a doctor, make sure to take them regularly.