The lockdown conditions brought about by the coronavirus pandemic have ensured that several ways in which people live their lives have been put on hold, many of these being ways in which people enjoy themselves. While this obviously has a massive impact on how you live your life in any regard, it can be especially frustrating when you try to find an ample way to celebrate a big change in your life. After all, being in lockdown doesn’t mean that your life has stood still, nor should it. However, while you’re still carrying on and meeting major life milestones, you want to be able to appropriately celebrate these milestones and not feel like you’re compromising.
What this might just ultimately mean for you is that you end up finding new ways to do so, especially if your ordinary go-to form of celebration took the form of a large social gathering. This is often what most people tend to associate with celebrations, but it might not be what you would like to do with the opportunity. If that’s the case, you might already be familiar with alternative methods to commemorate these occasions, but regardless of which camp you associate with more, it couldn’t hurt to have more suggestions on what to do now that your options are more limited.
Take Some Time for Yourself
Beyond not having to be something that takes the form of a large social gathering, celebrations don’t have to involve other people at all. This might seem like something of an inevitability due to lockdown, but that’s not the case. You still have a choice if you involve other people – therefore, you can still choose to celebrate by yourself. Celebration in itself is a term that tends to inspire connotations of something grand when in reality, it just means taking some time to reward yourself. Even if what you’re celebrating is less of an achievement and something more akin to a birthday, that’s all the more reason to simply spend your time with an activity that you enjoy rather than considering what’s expected of you. If this is the kind of situation that you’re looking for and would consider ideal, the restrictions in place might even prove to be a mild blessing for you in this regard as you can do what you want without the guilt of expectation.
How far should you go about celebrating by yourself, though? Well, that much is very much up to you and your preference, as well as what you find most relaxing. This could be a good opportunity to indulge yourself and invest in something that you’ve wanted for a long time – or alternatively a good time to research what could make your existing hobbies even more enjoyable. For example, if you’re somebody who enjoys vaping, this opportunity for self-indulgence could be a chance to research and invest in some mechanical mods to enhance your experience. This is not only a way to mark the occasion in some way but also something that could provide you with some further long-term enjoyment from the hobby.
Find Ways to Still Make it Feel Different
Spending every day in your home (potentially exacerbated if you’re working from home) up to a big event like a birthday can leave you scratching your head trying to work out if there’s any legitimate way that you can make this day feel any different to the dozens you’ve already been through. After all, the potential lack of any stand-out memories throughout lockdown is what can lead people to feel as though the time has gone quickly, something that you’d rather avoid when thinking about how to celebrate properly. Part of this is because you get stuck in a routine that feels comfortable or convenient, so the thought of regularly mixing things up in ways that you still can feels unnecessary, especially when everything you think you could need is in your house.
This doesn’t mean that there’s nothing you can do to break out of this malaise. If you have your heart set on socialising, then there are still ways that you can go about doing that thanks to the wealth of technological conveniences that are regularly available. Even something as simple as having a phone call with a close friend, maybe alongside some drinks on either side of the chat, could lead you to relaxing and allowing it to feel like some shade of normal. On the other end of the spectrum, you could find a nature hike near you and spend the time adventuring in the great outdoors. The trick is getting creative.