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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.