Happy Birthday to You: How to Treat Yourself on Your Special Day

2020 isn’t the ideal year for big birthday bashes, but that’s OK. Instead of feeling totally down in the dumps that you can’t have your usual celebration, take this time to have a truly intimate birthday with yourself. When was the last time you spent time alone and actually enjoyed yourself? This is an opportunity to unwind, relax, and just focus on pampering yourself in the best of ways. Does that mean ordering a birthday cake and eating it all by yourself? It could if that’s what you want! A solo birthday doesn’t have to be a lonely one, instead, it can be a day of celebrating you and giving yourself some much-needed self-love.

Not sure how to pamper yourself on your birthday? That’s okay, here are some ways you can celebrate your special day:

Get dressed up.

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There’s no better excuse than your birthday to get dressed up to the nines. Even if you’ve got nowhere to go and you end up sitting in your living room wearing the most outrageous outfit, you’ll feel pretty great and your confidence will be sky-high. Grab that fancy dress that’s been sitting in the back of your closet, or treat yourself to a completely new outfit. Do a full face of makeup, try some magnetic eyelashes for the first time, and have your whole world changed.

Magnetic lashes are a game-changer, and after a little trial and error, you’ll be applying beautiful, full lashes in a matter of minutes. There’s no glue to fuss over, just shake the bottle, apply the magnetic eyeliner like usual, wait for it to dry, then apply your eyelashes! You can still add a wing to your liner and there are anchors you can use if you need more security than just the magnet in the eyeliner. At the end of the day, just remove the magnetic eyelashes, use an oil-based make-up cleaner to remove the liner, and gently remove any remaining eyeliner off the lashes with your fingernail as getting the lashes wet can ruin their shape and curl.

Create a spa day at home.

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If you’re not in the mood to dress fancy, pamper yourself with a DIY spa day at home. Order yourself a ridiculously plush oversized robe with your initials on it and set up a nail bar for a manicure and pedicure. You can find some easy recipes for a DIY facial online and chances are you have most of the ingredients in your kitchen. Throw on a classic chick flick or some relaxing music to take things to the next level. Or take a hot, relaxing bath and try a CBD bath bomb for extra relaxing goodness. CBD hemp flower can really help you relax and take your home spa day up a notch.

If you haven’t tried CBD yet, you should! CBD products are everywhere and all the rage these days, but not all CBD hemp is created equally. Plain Jane sells hemp and a wide variety of CBD products that come from small farms throughout the country. Hemp flower comes in various different strains so you’ll be sure to find one that works for you. CBD hemp can be consumed through smoking, vaporizing, applying salves, taking pills, or tinctures. No matter your level of experience with hemp, you’ll find something that you’ll enjoy.

Cross something off your bucket list.

Celebrate yourself by doing something for yourself! Everyone has a bucket list, even if it’s just a mental one that you haven’t written down. If you don’t, then create one! What’s something you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t been able to yet? It could be something big like going to Tokyo or something small like singing karaoke in a crowded bar. It can be very rewarding to do an activity you’ve been putting off, or going to a new place to explore. Crossing something off your list might inspire you to add more things to it, or you might feel the desire to continue crossing things off. Either way, it’ll be a very memorable birthday.

Get a new companion.

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If you’re feeling lonely on your birthday, get a new companion to keep you company. Being a pet owner is a fun and rewarding experience. When you come home from a long day at work to a happy dog just waiting for you, it can really improve your life. If you aren’t in a position to commit to a pet like a cat or a dog, that’s OK! There are other options to explore, like reptiles! The Pacman frog is an adorable round little amphibian that is perfect for a beginner or seasoned reptile owner.

A Pacman frog is easy to care for, and you don’t need a huge enclosure for it. It’s a plump frog that’s usually green with brown spots. They can live up to 15 years in captivity and can grow to around four to seven inches long. They like to bury themselves in mud and leaves, leaving just their eyes above the surface. The Pacman frog’s diet consists of mostly insects like crickets or Dubia roaches, and they enjoy snacking on mealworms, wax worms, small fish, and mice. You can keep a small shallow dish of water in their enclosure, but nothing too deep as they aren’t strong swimmers. Pacman frogs are also the only frogs to have teeth! They don’t like to be handled too much, so the Pacman frog is perfect for pet owners who prefer to observe than interact with them!

Move your body.

Exercise has been proven to boost your mood and give you a rush of happy hormones. If you wake up on your special day feeling less than…well, special, try moving your body! It doesn’t have to be an intense two-hour long workout. Instead, try getting outside and taking a nice stroll around the neighborhood. Do a mood-boosting yoga flow that will get your blood pumping and endorphins flowing. Put on a Zumba video and dance away the blues! You’ll be surprised at just how much better you’ll feel afterward.

Spend time being grateful.

Instead of feeling bad about being alone on your birthday, take some time to be appreciative of your life. Birthdays remind us of time passed and how much time we might have left, as morbid as that might sound. Write down the things you’re grateful for, from the simple things like having a roof over your head to having the support and love of your friends and family. Put that note away somewhere safe, and reflect on it again next year. Maybe you can start a new tradition of adding to it every year and seeing how your life has progressed!

Have a zoom meeting.

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Just because there are stay-in-place orders throughout the country doesn’t mean you can’t connect with your friends and family! It may not be the same thing, but you can still have your loved ones around you on your birthday. Have a Zoom meeting or Facetime your loved ones, let them sing happy birthday to you while you blow out those birthday candles. You don’t have to be alone if you don’t want to be.

It’s not fun being alone on your birthday, but it’s bound to happen at least one time. Don’t let the day go by without acknowledging how amazing you are, and remember that it’s OK to take time to pamper yourself. After all, you deserve it!