The ultimate guide to being a SWAAY Voice !
What Is SWAAY?
SWAAY is democratizing publishing for women. Our all-in-one platform provides our members with access to industry-leading editorial guidance, optimization tools, and distribution that can elevate both content creation and reach. Here, at SWAAY, you are not only joining a publishing platform, but you are also gaining access to a community of thought-leaders who are collectively raising their voices. It's what we have been doing since SWAAY was founded in 2016: amplifying voices that are unapologetically themselves both personally and professionally.
This is the only digital platform where women own the conversation. We make it easy to write and publish your experiences, opinions, and advice with the right audience. People want to hear your voice— and we're here to elevate it.
But it's more than just a place to post your writing, it's an opportunity to hone your voice with the guidance of your own dedicated editorial team as well as a like-minded community of fellow thought-leaders. We combine the insight of a networking group with the supportive enthusiasm of the tightest girl gang. Plus it's no fuss, no mysteries, and no add-ons, all you need to worry about is your next piece!
So if you're wondering where to start, here's our must-read guide on how to use SWAAY to its fullest. Not a member yet? Now's the perfect time to join!
Setting Up Your Profile
Personalize Your Profile
Don't you just want to tell the world all about you? We want to see it! You can just click right on the bio content to edit it whenever you want, the same goes for your name and profile picture. Remember, you can't be featured on our homepage, unless you have this information filled out! Your bio can include what your writing interests are, what your current role or job is, or what industry you are an expert in. Check out of Influential Voices for some inspiration!
Follow SWAAY Voices You Love To Personalize Your "The Latest" Feed
If you find yourself reading a lot from one SWAAY Voice in particular or maybe even looking forward to some of their ongoing columns, you can follow that Voice so you'll be the first to know whenever they publish something new. (Pro tip: check out those Voices spotlights on the homepage for some top picks.)
Plus, following an author sends them a notification that they have a fan! Why not make someone's day, right? Show them some love.
Yes, the headlining content and the Editor's Picks are still up to the SWAAY team, but The Latest is all you! Here's where all the new content from Voices you follow will appear as it is posted. If you don't follow anyone, any of the site's newest content will automatically pop up here, but it's even better when it's all coming from your very own favorite Voices!
Click that little bookmark button on the bottom right-hand corner of every article preview if you don't have time to read it right away! Any bookmarked articles will have a pink flag (like above) Non-bookmarked ones will be white.
Go To Your Profile To Read Your Bookmarked Articles
If you scroll down on your profile, passed your bio and your written articles, and you'll find your list of Saved Articles. This way, you can have a bunch of content just waiting for you to read whenever you have the time!
Join The Conversation
SWAAY is all about women owning the conversation, so what better way to do that than commenting on other SWAAY Voice's articles? Comment what you're thinking on a certain piece or if you have a question for the author. Let's start some conversations, y'all!
How To Submit Your Own Content
This is what we're really here for, right? Let's get sharing!
Submit A New Story
If you click Submit New Story in either your profile or on the setting tab on every page, it will take you to our Entry Editor so you can get to typing. Our system guides you through the step by step process automatically. Here's how it works.
Write Your Article
Here's what the entry editor looks like before you've filled it out with all your amazing content. Our system requires you to upload a headliner image. We recommend using the built-in-search bar for Giphy to get gifs or using free image websites such as Unsplash, Pexels, or Pixabay to source your copyright-compliant images! Don't worry, the editor will double-check all uploads, just in case! You also need to add a headline, a subheadline, and (of course) the content! The editors may opt to change your headline based on what we know about content optimization, but we always take your preferences into account. And if you have any problems with our changes or are curious about our decision-making process, feel free to shoot us an email. We're happy to talk it out with you! Click "Next" in the top right corner when you're done.
Tag Your Article
It's easy to tag your article with relevant words or phrases! Just type something in and hit enter, try to focus on words that you mention in your articles or that are relevant to people who may be searching for content like yours.
Optimize Your Article
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Test out how your article appears in different searches and add links to related content that will appear at the bottom of your article! This also makes your post more searchable. Try to choose a few articles from around the web and a few articles from SWAAY; it's always nice to support your fellow SWAAY Voices. Customize your URL Slug, Update your SEO Headline, and Description with keywords that are related to your article and that are highly searchable.
Too Much On Your Plate? Just Leave This To A SWAAY Editor To Optimize!
If this is all sounding like too much, then forget about it! No need to fill this stuff out and stress yourself out more, the SWAAY editors review and optimize all of this content to do what best we can to make sure the maximum number of people can find and read your article. No matter how much or how little you fill out, we'll give it the official publisher's once over.
Submit For Review
Once you're done, just click the button on the top right corner to submit it for review to our editors! We'll get in touch with you once we've edited, optimized, and scheduled it to publish.
Access Statistics On Your Articles
Click My Stories to review your dashboard. You can keep track of the status of each individual article (such as whether they're drafts or not) and how many people have viewed them each individually on your Dashboard. On the top, you can also review your overall viewership by the hour, day, and all time. Our site even automatically calculates how much your views are increasing!
Here's The Gist
This might sound like a lot, but we want to give you the most customizable experience possible to better serve your content goals. If you have any questions about this process or any of these tools, feel free to reach out to our team and we're happy to walk you through via call or email.
Check back to this article for any procedure or functionality updates!
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With a lack of certainty surrounding the future, being and feeling healthy may help bring the security that you need during these unpredictable times.
When it comes to your health, there is a direct relationship between nutrition and physical activity that play an enormous part in physical, mental, and social well-being. As COVID-19 continues to impact almost every aspect of our lives, the uncertainty of the future may seem looming. Sometimes improvisation is necessary, and understanding how to stay healthy and fit can significantly help you manage your well-being during these times.
Tip 1: Communicate with your current wellness providers and set a plan
Gyms, group fitness studios, trainers, and professionals can help you to lay out a plan that will either keep you on track through all of the changes and restrictions or help you to get back on the ball so that all of your health objectives are met.
Most facilities and providers are setting plans to provide for their clients and customers to accommodate the unpredictable future. The key to remaining consistent is to have solid plans in place. This means setting a plan A, plan B, and perhaps even a plan C. An enormous amount is on the table for this coming fall and winter; if your gym closes again, what is your plan? If outdoor exercising is not an option due to the weather, what is your plan? Leaving things to chance will significantly increase your chances of falling off of your regimen and will make consistency a big problem.
The key to remaining consistent is to have solid plans in place. This means setting a plan A, plan B, and perhaps even a plan C.
Tip 2: Stay active for both mental and physical health benefits
The rise of stress and anxiety as a result of the uncertainty around COVID-19 has affected everyone in some way. Staying active by exercising helps alleviate stress by releasing chemicals like serotonin and endorphins in your brain. In turn, these released chemicals can help improve your mood and even reduce risk of depression and cognitive decline. Additionally, physical activity can help boost your immune system and provide long term health benefits.
With the new work-from-home norm, it can be easy to bypass how much time you are spending sedentary. Be aware of your sitting time and balance it with activity. Struggling to find ways to stay active? Start simple with activities like going for a walk outside, doing a few reps in exchange for extra Netflix time, or even setting an alarm to move during your workday.
Tip 3: Start slow and strong
If you, like many others during the pandemic shift, have taken some time off of your normal fitness routine, don't push yourself to dive in head first, as this may lead to burnout, injury, and soreness. Plan to start at 50 percent of the volume and intensity of prior workouts when you return to the gym. Inactivity eats away at muscle mass, so rather than focusing on cardio, head to the weights or resistance bands and work on rebuilding your strength.
Be aware of your sitting time and balance it with activity.
Tip 4: If your gym is open, prepare to sanitize
In a study published earlier this year, researchers found drug-resistant bacteria, the flu virus, and other pathogens on about 25 percent of the surfaces they tested in multiple athletic training facilities. Even with heightened gym cleaning procedures in place for many facilities, if you are returning to the gym, ensuring that you disinfect any surfaces before and after using them is key.
When spraying disinfectant, wait a few minutes to kill the germs before wiping down the equipment. Also, don't forget to wash your hands frequently. In an enclosed space where many people are breathing heavier than usual, this can allow for a possible increase in virus droplets, so make sure to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Staying in the know and preparing for new gym policies will make it easy to return to these types of facilities as protocols and mutual respect can be agreed upon.
Tip 5: Have a good routine that extends outside of just your fitness
From work to working out, many routines have faltered during the COVID pandemic. If getting back into the routine seems daunting, investing in a new exercise machine, trainer, or small gadget can help to motivate you. Whether it's a larger investment such as a Peloton, a smaller device such as a Fitbit, or simply a great trainer, something new and fresh is always a great stimulus and motivator.
Make sure that when you do wake up well-rested, you are getting out of your pajamas and starting your day with a morning routine.
Just because you are working from home with a computer available 24/7 doesn't mean you have to sacrifice your entire day to work. Setting work hours, just as you would in the office, can help you to stay focused and productive.
A good night's sleep is also integral to obtaining and maintaining a healthy and effective routine. Adults need seven or more hours of sleep per night for their best health and wellbeing, so prioritizing your sleep schedule can drastically improve your day and is an important factor to staying healthy. Make sure that when you do wake up well-rested, you are getting out of your pajamas and starting your day with a morning routine. This can help the rest of your day feel normal while the uncertainty of working from home continues.
Tip 6: Focus on food and nutrition
In addition to having a well-rounded daily routine, eating at scheduled times throughout the day can help decrease poor food choices and unhealthy cravings. Understanding the nutrients that your body needs to stay healthy can help you stay more alert, but they do vary from person to person. If you are unsure of your suggested nutritional intake, check out a nutrition calculator.
If you are someone that prefers smaller meals and more snacks throughout the day, make sure you have plenty of healthy options, like fruits, vegetables and lean proteins available (an apple a day keeps the hospital away). While you may spend most of your time from home, meal prepping and planning can make your day flow easier without having to take a break to make an entire meal in the middle of your work day. Most importantly, stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
Tip 7: Don't forget about your mental health
While focusing on daily habits and routines to improve your physical health is important, it is also a great time to turn inward and check in with yourself. Perhaps your anxiety has increased and it's impacting your work or day-to-day life. Determining the cause and taking proactive steps toward mitigating these occurrences are important.
For example, with the increase in handwashing, this can also be a great time to practice mini meditation sessions by focusing on taking deep breaths. This can reduce anxiety and even lower your blood pressure. Keeping a journal and writing out your daily thoughts or worries can also help manage stress during unpredictable times, too.
While the future of COVI9-19 and our lives may be unpredictable, you can manage your personal uncertainties by focusing on improving the lifestyle factors you can control—from staying active to having a routine and focusing on your mental health—to make sure that you emerge from this pandemic as your same old self or maybe even better.