Everyone appreciates being recognized for his or her accomplishments. Why not recognize and celebrate your own? Acknowledging achievements, even in a small way, increases positive emotions, self-esteem, and confidence. And more positivity and self-confidence help you reach your health goals.
Try it out! Pick one thing you’ve accomplished in the past week, no matter how small. Maybe you took a walk during your lunch break, chose a side salad instead of fries, or made sure to get eight hours of sleep last night. Then try one of the strategies below to celebrate your success.
- Appreciate the choice. Think about what it took to make that positive choice. Which of your strengths did you use to make it happen? Was it hard or easy to make? Either way, it was an achievement for you to celebrate!
- Savor it. How are you feeling about your accomplishment – pride, joy, satisfaction? Close your eyes and savor your emotions. Appreciate how good it feels. Take time to really enjoy these positive feelings that come from success. Journaling about it can help enhance the good feelings.
- Reward yourself. Decide how you will pat yourself on the back for what you accomplished. Offer yourself kind words, share your success with friends, or reward yourself with a favorite activity.