The Importance of Celebrating Milestones
Benefits of Celebrating Milestones
Important Milestones Worth Celebrating
- Passing an important test: Passing a tough test is a notable achievement. Before you start focusing on your next big exam or assignment, take some time to acknowledge your performance. Buy yourself a cup of coffee or a new book, or give yourself a night off from studying.
- Completing a semester: Each time you complete a semester, you’re one step closer to earning your degree. It may be a smaller victory than graduating, but your efforts should be celebrated.
- Work anniversaries: In the 1950s, it wasn’t unusual for people to spend their entire lives working for the same company. Today, however, workers change jobs an average of 12 times throughout their lifetime. Celebrating work anniversaries can remind you what you love about your job.
- Birthdays that don’t end in zero: If you’re not celebrating your 26th, 31st, or 36th birthday, you’re missing out. Celebrating birthdays gives you time to reflect on all the things you’ve accomplished in the past year. Throw a party and cut yourself a big piece of cake — you’ve earned it!
- Successfully adapting to studying, working, and teaching children at home: Adapting to this “new normal” hasn’t been easy for anyone — especially those who’ve needed to juggle multiple responsibilities from home. This is a huge success that deserves recognition.
Psychological Benefits of Celebrating Milestones
Ideas for Celebrating Milestones
- Scheduling a short vacation, staycation, or camping trip
- Treating yourself to your favorite dessert
- Giving yourself permission to enjoy downtime, sit still, and binge-watch your favorite show
- Splurging on something that can help you achieve your next goal (e.g., buying a new backpack or briefcase to celebrate a school accomplishment, celebrating a fitness goal by buying yourself a new pair of running or workout shoes)