Many of you know that Thursday was my birthday. (Ever the traditional Leo that I am, I love to remind my friends that truly the whole month of July is mine!) In all seriousness, I feel that every birthday is important and is meant to be celebrated. Too many of us dread the turning of the calendar rather than celebrate and I’m often surprised at those that don’t seem to feel their birthday is important.
Each year, I take off of work for my birthday and truly celebrate me without worrying about deadlines or appointments. As I begin a new year,I wanted to share five things to do on your birthday.
Time for Reflection / Time Alone
I spend each birthday morning writing in my journal. I have found these entries become part reflection of the past year and part goal setting for the year ahead. Your birthday is a perfect time to stop and reflect upon your life. It may be that you need to spend some time expressing gratitude for what you have or that you write a letter to your body. Even if you choose to not write in a journal, it is important to take a few minutes of silence to slow down and acknowledge where you are at.
Schedule a Form of Self Care
I’ve discussed the importance of scheduling self care in your life and your birthday is the perfect time to schedule something special. Schedule a day at the spa, a hair appointment or a manicure. This week I happened to have a hair appointment to change my hair color and did my nails. As much as I would have loved to have a massage, that will have to happen later.
Exercise / Stretch / Move
With my history of working for palliative care and hospice, I am regularly thanking my body for what it is able to do. Although birthdays are the perfect excuse to eat and drink, it is also a great time to start a new workout routine. I’ve discussed the importance of stretching in the morning and feel it is important to recognize what the body is capable of doing.
Schedule Appointments with Your Doctor, Dentist or Therapist
Although you don’t need to schedule the appointments for your actual birthday, it is important to review your physical and emotional needs. Is it time for a physical or mammogram? Do your teeth need to be cleaned? Are there issues you are struggling with and appointments you have been putting off? At birth, we were each given physicals and a birthday is a perfect time to review your current health needs.
Spend Time with Those That You Love
Even if you choose to work on your birthday, there is still time to plan dinner with your family or friends.This year one of my dearest friends took me to lunch and James and I always have dinner at one of our favorite restaurants. Surround yourself with those that you love.
I also wanted to add:
Do Something for Someone Else
As much as I make it a point that my birthday is my day, I also realize how important it is to share my blessings This can range from buying coffee for someone at Starbucks (which is something James and I both do) to donating needed items or volunteering a few hours.
I believe that by practicing these five things to do on your birthday is an excellent way to begin a self care routine and practice. Don’t be ashamed to celebrate yourself and embrace your day!
What are things that you do on your birthday?