The Importance of Celebration

Today I want to pop in and offer a little tip:

Allow yourself to celebrate your accomplishments.

One of the most cruel side effects of my mental illness is this pressing idea that I don't deserve to celebrate myself and my wins. It's so ridiculous. And I know I'm not alone. Depression tells you that no matter what you do, you're not good enough. It tells you that no one cares if you did this thing, or that. It tricks you into believing that your accomplishments aren't real. It isn't true, and it isn't fair. 

One of the greatest gifts I've given myself this year is the permission to celebrate myself. I still worry that some people may read it as bragging or vanity, but if they do then I think that may be their issue- not mine. What is the point in busting your ass if you're not going to allow yourself to feel the joy that comes with reaching a goal?

I have a little challenge for you. Take a few minutes to make a list of as many recent accomplishments as you can, and allow yourself to let the joy wash over you. Here's mine:

  • In December I will graduate with my master's degree.
  • In January I start teaching at Tulsa Community College- the dream I've been chasing these last 6 years of school.
  • I finally started my blog!
  • I can do bakasana (crow pose) after 8 months of practicing! And eka pada kundinyasana, too!
  • I have done two guest blog posts; one for MendingMalas.com, and one for MamaMalas.com.
  • I will be doing a guest post for Yoga By Candace in February!
  • I have been forgiving myself for my imperfections. 

Did you make your list? Are you allowing yourself to feel good about them? Leave your list in the comments! I'd love to see and celebrate your achievements with you! 

Namaste,

Lauren B