Celebrating A Birthday During Lockdown

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It’s your birthday! You’re one year older and hopefully (but often not the case), a little wiser. Congratulations and commiserations are in order. You might be celebrating your 18th, and adulthood might be lurking just around the corner. You might be turning the big 30, and just about to enter your prime (at least that’s what I’ve heard). Or you might even be celebrating retirement. Sadly, the country is still under lockdown. Self-isolation has been pretty rubbish for most of us, and the fact you can’t celebrate as planned only makes it worse.

But here’s the thing. If there’s one thing I’ve learned during lockdown, it’s this. Life is about cherishing the small things and time with the people who make you happy, because that’s what matters when all is said and done. If you ask me, there is no better occasion to celebrate this than on your birthday. Here’s how to make it all the more special this year.

DIY it.

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Okay, some things just aren’t possible this year. You won’t be going out for birthday drinks, having a shopping day with your girls, or getting brunch at your favourite cafe. I get it – I wanted to volunteer at an animal shelter this summer but that definitely won’t be happening. Fear not. There are plenty of ways to get creative about celebrating your big day. Watch your favourite films or dance around the house to your favourite soundtrack. Food wise, get yourself some letterbox brownies or a cake. Or make your own cake and feel like a superhero when it comes out of the oven. 

And yes, cheesecake is an appropriate dinner option. You deserve it.

Throw An Isolation Party

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Things like Zoom and HouseParty make gatherings and parties possible. Invite your friends and family to join you for a good long natter over drinks from your own homes. Otherwise, Netflix Party is a great cinema substitute for the film buffs amongst you. Alternatively, if you have a garden or outdoor space, you could invite five lucky guests over for a chat and a drink. It’s all about quality over quantity.

Take The Day Off

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With less to do and more time on your hands, you may find yourself spending more time on work. I’ve definitely been guilty of this. It’s the easiest way to relieve the boredom and gives you a list of goals to meet during the day. But the daily grind can quickly start to become… well, exactly that. A grind. After a while, with no way to blow off steam, you may start to fall into a rut with no light at the end of the tunnel. Take a day off on your birthday. Yes, it’s very much okay to be a couch potato for a day. 

Treat Yourself

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The unpredictable nature and consequences of recent events may mean that you’ve had to be more frugal than usual. This is a healthy attitude – I’m all about saving for a rainy day after all. But every so often, a small purchase won’t break the bank. Treat yourself to that pair of boots you’ve wanted for a while, or a house plant to brighten up your living room. Sure, it might be your birthday – but being kind to yourself has much broader benefits and can do wonders for your mental health. Give yourself that bit of extra TLC.

Have you celebrated a birthday during lockdown? I’d love to hear about it in the comments! Until next time.

– J

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Disclaimer: All images in this post have been obtained from Pixabay under a Creative Commons License, and edited on canva.com by J, exclusively for thenellybean.


11 Comments on “Celebrating A Birthday During Lockdown”

  1. Great points and ideas for your birthday during lockdown. I had a “big” birthday back on April 8th, when lockdown and isolation was relatively new. My wife insisted on a driveway party. It was good fun with a few socially distant friends and some beers. No complaints, only a good time and celebration.

  2. I’m with you there – a day is what you make it. Sure, some people have it a lot harder than others, and I’m not trying to take away from that, but I’m talking about those people who decide they’re going to have a terrible birthday because they can’t do the things that they had planned. If you start the day thhinking like that, you’re probably not going to have a good day – because you’ve already written it off.

    I’m an autumn girl, so I don’t know what will be happening on my birthday. I’m still shielding at the moment, so our normal will be changing at a slower pace anyway. It’s going to be my partner’s birthday before mine, and if we’re still isolating, we’ll still have a nice day somehow with good food and something he enjoys.

    I like your tips – it’s good to chill out, have a treat, and spend time with the people you love – either in real life or virtually.

    1. Hopefully things will be slightly closer to normal or at least you and your partner will get to celebrate the way you’d planned by the time your birthdays roll around. I’m a winter girl myself so we will see where we are by then! But I agree, it’s definitely all about attitude and taking it in your stride. X

  3. These are some great ideas! I celebrated my birthday in Lockdown and my flatmate made me this huge birthday treasure hunt with loads of games and activities (birthday workout and quiz). Was so much fun and really saved me from a lonely birthday as I couldn’t be with my family or friends.
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  4. My boyfriend’s 30th birthday was at the beginning of April when Denmark was in lockdown, but I made him chocolate banana cupcakes & we made a nice dinner together. I think he liked it even though it wasn’t ideal. When the lockdown was lifted, we had a birthday celebration with his mom, brother & grandpa at her garden house.

  5. I use to put sooo much pressure on birthdays and having a “special day”. Trying to create a day where everything is perfect. But now, I think I could be happy with any type of celebration. If I had a lockdown birthday, I’d relax in the garden, do some baking and watch a good film. Probably be online shopping as well trying to figure how to treat myself 🙂 x

    1. I completely understand the temptation to create the perfect birthday, considering that it only happens once a year and it’s easy to feel the need to go all out. That sounds like a great way to do a lockdown birthday! x

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