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How to Celebrate Your Achievements in the Middle of a Pandemic

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The pandemic has cast a dark cloud over people’s lives over the past year. With so many experiencing different kinds of losses and defeat, it can be difficult to feel proud of your achievements and that of your loved ones.

But this shouldn’t be the case. In fact, with all the stress this year has brought, it’s even more important to get a moment of reprieve and celebrate even the smallest triumphs.

Of course, you have to take your family’s health and safety into consideration when planning celebrations of milestones and achievements. With a little creativity and planning, you can still pull off a true and safe celebration. We have a few suggestions below.

1. Get a token to remember a milestone by

Whether you’re celebrating your own success or that of your loved one, it’s a great idea to get a trinket or a token to remember it by.

Reached one year doing a job you love? Get a commemorative coin. Your child finally walked their first few steps? Take a picture and frame it. Your spouse got promoted at work? Make them a plaque of accomplishment.

With these tokens, you can look back on these accomplishments years from now and remember how far you’ve come and how you made it special that one time.

2. Book a spa treatment—or give one

Accomplishing something, especially something related to your career, means that you’ve worked hard. And through all that hard work, you probably haven’t had time to relax and reward yourself. So, why not book a spa treatment?

If you follow the proper COVID-19 safety protocols, as well as the specific rules in your spa of choice, you can safely get professional pampering. If it’s your spouse you’re celebrating, you can offer to give them an at-home spa treatment and make a day of it.

3. Show your appreciation

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People who succeed often could not have accomplished everything they did alone. So if you have family members who were vital to your success, you can celebrate by celebrating them, too.

Maybe your parents offered to babysit your child so you didn’t have to pay for daycare while you hustled at work. Maybe your spouse took over all the house chores so you could write and publish your book. Maybe your friend made sure to send you food while you worked a second job through the night.

If you have people like these that have been cheering you on as you worked hard, let them know you appreciate them. Give them a gift card for their favorite shop. Treat them to lunch. Send a simple text thanking them.

These may be simple gestures, but the feeling of being appreciated can mean so much to a person.

4. Give your goals a rest

You’ve done so much and worked so hard to achieve your goals. And now that you managed to reach one of them, it’s important to give yourself a break and not think about your other goals for a while.

Take an entire week off from hustling and chasing your dreams. Instead of working toward another milestone, take time to revel in what you recently achieved. Allow yourself to be proud of these accomplishments. Doing so will make you appreciate how far you’ve come.

5. Use previous successes to fuel you

When you’ve given yourself ample time to appreciate your success, let yourself imagine what more you can achieve. You’ve already passed one hurdle after another to reach your latest accomplishment, so you know you’re strong enough to overcome challenges and succeed with flying colors.

And if it’s a loved one who recently celebrated a milestone, use their success to fuel your drive to achieve your own goals.

Success takes a lot of hard work and sacrifice. It’s even harder to achieve when you’re in the middle of a pandemic. So keep these suggestions in mind and make time for celebrating every accomplishment.

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