We often associate birthdays with making other people happy. So, we spend the day hosting parties, entertaining guests, and giving to others. And that’s great! There’s nothing wrong with celebrating a birthday by spending time with people you love.
But what if you don’t have time for a party or just don’t feel like having one? What if you’re introverted, or would just prefer to celebrate alone? In this post, I’ll show you some ways to make your special day even more special for yourself.
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1) Do Something That Scares You
Your birthday is the perfect time to challenge yourself. Try something new, like going to a new restaurant or trying out a new hobby. Maybe you’ve always wanted to go scuba diving but never had the courage before; this would be the best time to do it! Or if you’re more of a homebody, maybe pick up an instrument and learn how to play it—the possibilities are endless. Just as long as you’re challenging yourself, there’s no wrong answer!
2) Visit an Interesting City
Go somewhere you’ve always wanted to go, but never had the chance. Or try visiting somewhere that is known for something that you are not interested in at all. (This is a great way to discover things about yourself.)
3) Go to the Beach or Lake
Take a trip to the beach or a lake. If you live in a place with either, visit one of these spots on your birthday and enjoy the weather, water and natural beauty that it offers. Bring along a book or journal to read and pack up a picnic lunch!
4) Plan a lot of Activities for the Day
One of the best ways to make your birthday special is by planning many activities for the day. You can plan something that you’ve never done before, or something that you have always wanted to do, or something that you think would be fun, or even just something interesting. The point here is that if you take the time in advance to plan out all the things that are going to happen on your birthday, then it will be an unforgettable day and will help ensure that everyone has fun!
5) Get Dressed up and Go To a Nice Restaurant
How about going out for a nice dinner? Get dressed up, have reservations and enjoy the food, atmosphere and company. Don’t worry about the bill–it’s your birthday!
6) Reflect on Life While Watching the Sunrise or Sunset
If you’re feeling contemplative, spend some time watching the sunrise or sunset on your birthday. It’s a beautiful way to reflect on life, and it’s also a great way to make yourself feel better about yourself and appreciate all that you have accomplished in life so far. It’s also a good idea because it makes you feel like you’re refreshing yourself on your “big day”.
7) Volunteer at an Animal Shelter
You don’t have to have a pet of your own to volunteer at an animal shelter. You can help out with the animals of all kinds, ages and sizes. The best part about volunteering is that you get to spend time with cute animals and make them feel special for their day.
You can also help out by cleaning cages, walking dogs and playing with cats. It’s a great way to make your birthday more meaningful because you’re helping others while doing something fun on your special day!
8) Attend an Amusement Park
One of the best ways to make your birthday special is to go somewhere you enjoy that doesn’t require a lot of other people. That’s why I recommend attending an amusement park solo!
You can go on rides by yourself, or visit the gift shop and no one will be there to hold up the line! You can also take pictures alone and eat food by yourself. Some people might feel uncomfortable doing any of these things on their own, but trust me: The feeling will pass quickly once you realize how much fun it is!
This is one of my favorite ways to spend my birthday. I love spending time with friends, but sometimes it’s nice to just hang out by myself with a good movie or TV show. Pick out some snacks and get comfy in your PJs!
10) Take Yourself on a Date
Plan a date that you would like to go on, write a list of things you would like to do and make sure you are safe, comfortable and having fun while doing it.
11) Celebrate your Birthdays of Previous Years
One of the best ways to make your birthday special is to celebrate the ones you’ve had in the past. This can help you celebrate what a great person you are, and it can also be a good way to get closure on any emotional issues that may be holding you back from moving forward.
It’s important not to dwell on the past though, so make sure that when you’re celebrating your birthdays of previous years, you focus more on how far you’ve come since then rather than how much better or worse things were back then.
12) Make a Song Playlist
You can start by making a list of all the songs you love. Be sure to include any song that makes you feel good, even if it’s one that doesn’t seem like it would make sense on this list. These are your favorites, after all.
When you’re done, create a playlist on your phone or computer so that each time one of these songs comes up in shuffle mode, it will remind you of how much joy they bring into your life. Then listen to the playlist throughout your birthday: while getting ready for work or school; on the way there and back; while cleaning the house; during lunch break—the possibilities are endless!
13) Make a List of All the Things You’re Grateful For
One of the most important things you can do for yourself on your birthday is to make a list of all the things you are grateful for. This should include anything and everything that makes you happy, including your family, friends, job/school/hobbies, etc.
By taking time each year to write down everything good about yourself, will help ensure that throughout any given year’s 365 days’ worth of moments that aren’t so great after all…you’ll have those feelings from your birthday still lingering strong!
We hope that by sharing these tips and strategies, we’ve helped you come up with some new ideas for how to make your own birthdays special. There are so many ways to celebrate yourself, from doing a digital detox to having a personal mini movie marathon. We want to remind you that this is YOUR birthday, and it should be spent doing what makes YOU happy. So, if that’s hiking in the mountains or going out for a fancy dinner or sleeping in until noon, make sure you do what feels right!
Takeaway: You deserve an amazing birthday – no matter who joins you or how old you are!