It’s no secret that time often gets the best of us. From balancing busy work schedules with self-care and a social life, it can feel impossible to find even a minuscule opportunity to slow down. Getting caught up in commitments and continuous tasks is something we’re all guilty of, but acknowledging our achievements is just as important as working towards them. Knowing how to approach your accomplishments isn’t always something that comes naturally, and that’s okay.
Avoid creating unrealistic standards based on what you see online
Living in a primarily digital era can make it difficult not to compare your achievements to what others have accomplished. You’ve likely heard this before: what you see on social media is hardly even the surface of reality. Scrolling through hundreds of posts per day can definitely take a toll on self-esteem, which is why it’s crucial to understand that each individual is on their own journey and there is no chronological order to the way life is “supposed” to be.
Don’t shrug your shoulders at your successes
Whether you completed a week of healthy eating or graduated from a competitive program, no success is too small or too “average” to acknowledge. You get to decide what is classified as an achievement to you. It might have become a habit to treat your accomplishments as if they’re just pillars of a building that society told you to make. Remind yourself that you put energy, time and work into putting up each pillar, regardless of who pushed you to do so.
Take small steps towards celebrating your victories
Maybe you completed a tedious work project or finally got around to decluttering your home – Regardless of what the achievement is, take steps towards recognizing it by giving credit where it’s due. Go out for a fancy cocktail, have a coffee date with a friend or even treat yourself to a massage! Incorporating self-care into your life is a great way to acknowledge a victory, especially when it includes celebrating with the people that lift you up.
Pause before working towards the next “big thing”
One goal often leads to another goal, which then leads to another. Constantly pushing yourself isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it’s typically what makes us disregard how far we’ve truly come. Allow yourself time to reflect, breathe, and practice gratitude before leaping towards something else.