For some their birthday is not a reason for celebration, but rather for depression. We often find ourselves looking back on the year that was, not unlike what everyone does on New Year’s Eve, and sometimes that can leave us with an empty feeling.
Wouldn’t you rather learn how to combat that feeling and look forward to your birthdays as milestones to be celebrated rather than days to be dreaded? Of course, you would! Keep reading!
1. Appreciate What You Have
First, it helps to look at what you have and be grateful for it. By appreciating what we have that empty feeling that overcomes us sometimes simply disappears without a trace. By taking a moment on your birthday to take a long hard look at what you have done compared to the year before will make you feel like you’ve achieved something.
Besides this, it’s always a good idea to realize that having a roof over your head and friends and family who love you is a luxury to some people in this world. There’s never any reason to be too hard on yourself, so just accept what you have and be content.
2. Value Yourself
Another way to combat that empty feeling is not just by looking at what you have, but looking at who you are. Every day we develop ourselves in some way or another, and birthdays are a great time to take stock of these developments, as they occurred over an entire year.
By looking at how you’ve grown, you’ll appreciate yourself and your qualities more, especially if you focus on how you’ve tried to make the world around you a better place. By making this an annual ritual of introspection, you’ll find that you appreciate your birthdays a lot more.
The goal of all this is to accept yourself and the fact that you just gained another year; there’s nothing you can do to stop or slow down time, all you can do is make sure that time is well spent.
Accept that you’re powerless over this one factor, as this is the only way to find true happiness. Acceptance will come a lot easier if you make your birthday a day to celebrate a year in which you’ve become wiser and better and may even become something you truly enjoy.
4. Setting Goals For The Year
But all that deals with the past, of course. Birthdays can also be a way of being excited about the year to come, just as New Year’s Eve is. By taking these positive attitudes toward the year that has passed but projecting that energy on the future, you can prepare yourself for the birthday to come; you want to, after all, make that a celebration worth having.
Spending some time setting goals for the year is a great way to look ahead, and imagining yourself celebrating their success on your next birthday will give you a good idea of what targets to set.
All in all, celebrating your birthday is all about attitude: if you see it as a horrible day that reminds you of your mortality and failed dreams, then you’re going to have a hard time. Instead, if you decide to view it as a day to look back on a good year and look forward to an even better year ahead, it’s going to be the best day of the year.
So, what’s it going to be? Will you embrace all that another milestone signifies? Or would you rather hide from the world on a day that could be the showcase for all you’ve achieved and done with your life?