How to Make Your Birthday Special for Yourself

Birthdays roll around once a year – like it or not. So why not celebrate your special day? If you are one who enjoys having a birthday, you’ll love these innovative ideas suggesting how to mark your day. If you aren’t one who looks forward to your birthday, that’s even more reason to save the date and celebrate. Read on to find out why.

🎉 Celebrate Good Times! It’s ALL About You!

Celebrating yourself is one of the healthiest things you can do, according to Psychology Today. The act of celebrating in and of itself stimulates neurons which activate “feel good hormones” like oxytocin and the endorphins that are produced in the central nervous system. Serotonin is also boosted by actions associated with celebrating like cheering, social conversations, and simply being around other people – especially those who are upbeat.

While a birthday is cause for celebrating yourself, you can include other things in your celebration such as milestones of the previous year, achievements you’ve made, and the blessings you’ve been bestowed. Optimistic older people often celebrate the fact that although growing old can be challenging, it is a privilege. There is always something to celebrate if you look for it.

😔 Down in the Dumps: How to Get Rid of the Birthday Blues

Birthdays are a source of depression for a number of people.

Very Well Mind recently ran an article on the subject of birthday depression. Lack of enthusiasm or downright hatred of a birthday can stem from many things including:

  • Fear of getting older
  • A past trauma the day triggers
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • History of negative childhood birthday

Birthday depression can surface in a myriad of ways such as bring overly tired, being unmotivated, increased desire to sleep, insomnia, changes in appetite, feeling sad, crying, or lack of interest.

The best way to cope may be to tackle it head-on – whatever that means to you. You may be up to forcing yourself to celebrate the day or maybe setting an appointment with a therapist is more your style.

However you choose to work through the situation is up to you. Afterall, it is YOUR day.

🥳 Birthday Celebration Ideas For Yourself

Whether you are celebrating the day of your birthday because you want to or because you feel you need to, this list of things to do to make your birthday special will help even the most hesitant have a great day.

  1. Throw yourself a party. One of the biggest reasons some are shy to celebrate their birthday is because they feel it’s tooting their own horn. It is and that’s ok. It’s important to love yourself and to do for yourself what you do for others on their big day. So send out the invites and order yourself a cake and don’t forget the candles. Getting older is a privilege denied to many so live it up doing whatever you love with whoever you choose. It is…all about you.
  2. Go to your favorite restaurant. It’s always fun to enjoy the familiar. If you have a favorite place to eat, your birthday is the perfect time to have your go-to meal at your go-to place. No surprises, no punches. You’ll know just what to expect and just what to order but do yourself a favor and spring for the desert and maybe an adult beverage. Make it special because you are…special.
  3. Go to a new restaurant. How many times have you eyed that new Chinese spot down from your work or wondered if that fancy steak joint was really as good as the raving reviews? Your birthday is the perfect occasion to treat yourself to a restaurant you’d not normally go to.
  4. Get out on the town. Especially if you are normally a homebody, your special day warrants getting out and about. Take a friend or two and check out the eating establishments and maybe even a nightclub or movie. Why spend the night in when you can go out and have a blast?
  5. Be a free spirit. Tons of places offer free things for birthdays. From ice cream to free meals, google “free incentives for birthdays near me” and you’ll most likely land a list of all sorts of goodies. Start the day out with a complementary breakfast, coffee, or donut and end it with a free nightcap and a smile. Be sure to read the fine print before you venture off though because some places want you to sign up ahead of ordering.
  6. Go bowling. There’s just something about bowling that is universal. Regardless of if it is your 18th birthday or 88th, grab a ball and get your birthday celebration rolling. Don’t forget to mention it’s your birthday because some bowling alleys give discounts of free games in honor of birthdays.
  7. Catch a movie. When’s the last time you went to a movie? Whether you’re a movie buff or seldom go to the theater, celebrating your big day (or night) with a flick is a nice way to celebrate the kicked back way.
  8. See an old friend. Most everyone has a friend they have practically known forever but they hardly ever get a chance to see. Prearrange a lunch, coffee, or drink with an old friend you have been wanting to catch up with. You’ll not regret it.
  9. Spoil yourself. There are so many things you can do to spoil yourself, with or without a companion to tag along. Mani and pedis, a self-indulgent gift for yourself, a day at the opera, a new hairdo, a massage, a day at the beach…whatever it is that floats your boat, do it. You are worth it.
  10. Take a day off everything. If you usually burn the candle at both ends…don’t. Take a day to do nothing. If you can swing it, take off work too. Reboot and recharge.

📅 It’s Your Day. Spend it Your Way.

However you make your birthday special, the most important thing is that you do (make it special) because your birthday should be a day set aside to celebrate you.

Cheryl Jerabek
Cheryl Jerabek
Cheryl is a professional writer that has been writing ever since she could hold a crayon. She has authored over 200 fiction and non-fiction books for teens and adults (both credited and ghost-written) on a wide range of subjects. Cheryl also writes blogs and articles on various topics and themes. Residing in a small mountain community in Southwest Colorado, Cheryl draws her inspiration from the gorgeous scenery, her 2 adult children, and 3 grandchildren. She enjoys traveling, party and event planning, and hanging out with family and friends. “I write so you don’t have to,” is Cheryl’s motto.

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