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How to Beat Those Birthay Blues

Yesterday was my 26th birthday. For the last month, I've been ignoring the fact my birthday was coming up. 
I don't know why really. maybe it's just the fact I'm getting older that depresses me,  or that another year in my 20's has gone and I feel like I haven't done enough. 

It's perfectly normal to be depressed about another birthday coming up. People who get Birthday blues are usually those who suffer from Depression,  Anxiety, other mental illness,  or those who are introverts. 

So I'm going to talk about how you can avoid the birthday blues,  or at least still enjoy your day even if you're not happy about getting older!

1. Let Yourself Feel Special

Weather your near family and friends or not,  make sure to feel special. I mean your Birthday is the day you were born! You have come into existence! You have changed the world by being here. Even if you don't think you have done anything big with your life. You are still here,  still alive,  and one year wiser to find something meaningful to do. Feel special about that! Celebrate that!

2. Do Something Fun!

I've had many birthdays that I just wasted by staying home because I didn't consider my birthday a big deal. I wish I could have those birthdays back to make up for it,  but all I can do now is make sure I celebrate the rest of my birthdays. 
Make sure whether your broke,  on a budget, or just being lazy, you still need to get out and do something memorable.

 My husband helped me enjoy my birthday by picking out a few bars and activities downtown. And we just went to what we wanted to do out of his list. We didn't make a big deal about money, we just went,  and had a ton of fun. 

3. Make a yearly goal

Just like new year's,  your birthday is a marking point for a big event in your life. Celebrate that by making goals you can accomplish before the next year.
 I'm not talking about the typical "lose x amount of weight", I'm talking about making a goal to save up money to travel where you have always wanted to go or to learn a new language,  or even to start working toward starting that business you have wanted to do.
 It will help you be excited to have something to work towards or look forward to. And it will make your life feel more fulfilled. Just make sure you try to follow through. It will make you a lot happier on your next birthday to know you accomplished something you have always wanted to do. 

4. Don't ask for presents, ask for experiences

Presents are always nice on your birthday but that's about the only time you're excited about them. Instead of asking for presents, tell your family or friends that you would rather they spend their money on an experience with them. This will give you a lot more happy memories with the ones you love. That's a better alternative than getting clothes that you probably won't wear.

5. Spend that Birthday money!!

Most people are probably really good at spending money people give them. I am not.
I get money for my birthday and think oh I'll buy myself something nice with this. Then I put in my wallet,  don't touch it for 6 months and then find it and put it toward groceries or something lame.

DON'T BE LIKE ME! If you get money,  spend it that day on whatever you're doing for your birthday,  or go shopping ASAP to make sure you buy something for yourself. 

I may have started my birthday off with some sadness, but I ended my birthday with an awesome night of fun,  and lots of excitement for what I'm going to accomplish as a 26-year-old!
How do you celebrate your birthday? Leave a comment about how you celebrate,  so other readers can get some fun ideas for what they can do on their birthday!
I hope you're fighting off those birthday blues this year.

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  1. Happy belated birthday to you and I do like that you said we should embrace being special because we all are.

  2. I wish your dream come true, and btw my birth day at this month, have a good day

  3. All great ideas. I totally understand that feeling of getting another year older, so important to focus on your current age a d not the next one x

  4. Love these tips, spend that money, is a great tip!

  5. I have to agree. You should not be afraid to spend that money. :) However, I still wish that someone would spend their money for me. Hahahaha

  6. Happy Birthday, hope this new chapter of your life brings you love, happiness and success. I just love the tips you shared and agree with them all especially letting your self special because you are.

  7. Belated Happy Birthday. Lucky you to get money on your birthday. And yes, that has to be spent well.. soon. This one time, I collected all the money from all the occasions that I got - Birthday, weddings, first visits somewhere etc. and bought a beautiful ring for myself. It does feel special. Thanks for wonderful ideas to beat the birthday blues! As they say.. age is just a number, you choose what is yours :) Cheers.. Backpacking Series

  8. Nice birthday ideas without having to spend too much and just pure fun...... Count me in....

  9. Happy Birthday! Sorry you felt sad leading up to it but thats what led you to make all these amazing realizations for next year.

  10. Ugh, birthdays! I turned the big 3-0 afew months ago and oh my goodness, that was a hard pill to swallow. I usually try to line my birthday up with a vacation because at least that's fun even if I am getting 'old'.

  11. My birthday is on Aug6 but I don't expect everything. but this is great post! :)

  12. Happy belated birthday. And thanks for sharing these great ideas. ��

  13. Belated happy birthday to you! Just enjoy your special day and be thankful for the blessings!

  14. Happy belated birthday, I wish you long life and prosperity, happiness and fullfillment. Thanks for sharing this special day with us

  15. I don't get as excited about my birthday as I did when I was in my 20's. But we really should enjoy every single birthday and be grateful to have another year to live!

  16. Such an encouraging post! I agree, I am turning 29 in December and just can't believe I'm almost 30! Still feels like there is so much more to accomplish. Thanks for all your great advice!

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  18. I love birthday parties. By the way, hope you had a blast.

  19. Another year, another chapter for your life. You may getting older but it means there's more to life to tackle about and reasons why we celebrated birthdays. I hope next year you will look back and think you've come so far. Happy Belated Birthday! -JENN P.

  20. We're our team mates 30th birthday is coming up! We are adding some interesting stuff from your blog to our plan

  21. Hhhhmmmmm.....well, most times, I don't celebrate it at all. Just think quietly and think on my own about how far I've come and how look forward to the future.

  22. Happy birthday:) I am 30th birthday today. I am enjoy my birthday party with friends, family and my husband. Just enjoy your day with your love 💕

  23. A very (belated) happy birthday to you. I hope you enjoyed it to the fullest.


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