Hi, I’m Jenny. And I love to celebrate every single small achievement. I’m big on celebrating the small stuff as well as the big stuff, being a firm believer in that the celebrating the smaller things are what pave the wave gently for us to reach our big goals and dreams. Without those small steps, we wouldn’t get anywhere. So why wouldn’t we celebrate them? In this post, we’re going to look at how to celebrate small achievements in a healthy way!
I’m always shouting about how you should be your own biggest cheerleader and it’s something I’ve worked on incorporating heavily into my own life over the last few years.
In particular with my past anxiety disorder because when that was at it’s worst, the small steps were all I could think about. At a time when I was too scared to leave my bedroom, thinking about going into a shop or getting on a train was enough to send me spiraling.
So that’s where those beautiful small steps came in. I remember working heavily on them with my counsellor, who would always encourage me to set small and achievable goals each week. I don’t know where I would be without her.
But of course, these small achievements could be absolutely anything. A fitness goal. A financial achievement. A work-related win. Absolutely anything can and should be celebrated if appropriate. Yes, even the small things that might seem insignificant to everyone else.
Like, can you imagine many people celebrating the fact that one day I finally managed to go into Tesco? No. Did I celebrate anyway and feel AMAZING about it for the rest of the day? Heck yes.
So today I’m going to share 10 suggestions of how to celebrate small achievements in your life. There’s nothing too extravagant here – just wholesome ways to acknowledge and celebrate your progress.
10 healthy ways to celebrate small achievements:
Shout about it on social media
Social media can be a wonderful place when you’ve achieved something good. It can be full of love and support and well-wishes, so if social media is your thing, shout about it! You never know WHO you might inspire by sharing your win!
Treat yourself to something nice
I do this a lot and I think it’s a lovely way to acknowledge what you’ve achieved – regardless of how small. If you’re stuck on what to treat yourself to, here is a list of 62 ideas of things to treat yourself to!
Have a pamper evening
You can’t beat a pamper evening. And some achievements will definitely take it out of you physically, mentally and emotionally. So after a win is the perfect time to rest, relax and rejuvenate.
Buy a cake or a sweet treat
Look, I’m that person that goes and buys a cake for the final of Bake Off to celebrate whoever wins. You can bet I’m buying a cake for myself, too! Or maybe make something from scratch. What about these easy and delicious Rocky Roads?
Be in the moment
Something I learned from life coaching is that it’s obviously great to set goals but when you actually HIT those goals, we rarely take the time to just sit in that feeling and be in the moment. We’re always constantly moving on to the next thing. Well, don’t. Sit in it.
Journal about how it feels
Sometimes our feelings are all over the place when we achieve something. Regardless of how big or small, a whole range of emotions can come up – some that we don’t expect. So this is a great time to journal how you’re feeling.
Share it with others
An achievement is best celebrated with others. So don’t keep it to yourself. Share it with the people you love who you know will support you and celebrate with you. Sadly not everyone is like that – so choose wisely.
Take some time to express gratitude for who or what helped you achieve this goal and get you to where you are. Perhaps it’s a coach or a personal trainer. A family member or your partner. A course you took or a friend you spoke to. Whoever it is, be grateful.
Get creative to mark the occasion
Poetry, painting, baking and cooking – whatever you like to do that’s creative – are great ways to switch off and relax after working hard at something but also processing all that energy into something fun!
Whatever the heck you want!
Of course when you’ve had such a great achievement, you should celebrate however the heck you want, these were just some basic suggestions to help you, in case you were struggling!
Celebrating small achievements is SO important. And is something that I’ve been thinking about a lot in my own life lately. We celebrate births, marriage, engagements, promotions – even death – in abundance but what about those smaller things that make up the rest of our one precious life? Learning how to celebrate small achievements is just as – if not more – important.
In between those almighty big moments are all those little wins and achievements. You can’t spend your whole life waiting for the next big thing to happen, otherwise you’ll be waiting forever and most importantly, you’ll be missing out on all those beautiful small wins in between.