It’s Time to Celebrate!

Posted on September 19, 2013

 

Congratulations!

You have just gotten that promotion at work or you got engaged. It is Friday or your house just sold and it was only on the market for a week. Whatever the reason to celebrate, we all enjoy a reason to do so.

What do you normally reach for to celebrate? Many people reach for food, a celebratory meal out,or in,or a stop by the grocery store to pick up your favorite carton of ice cream. Often times we reach for food during celebratory events in our life and it is no shock. For many of us, food has been directly tied to celebrations ever since we were small. Think back to your birthdays as a young child, what do you remember? I remember my grandmother asking me what I wanted for my birthday dinner and what kind of cake I wanted.  Think back to holidays. Most of my holidays were filled with a great deal of traditional holiday foods and desserts.

Turning to food during celebratory times has been ingrained in many of us. Turning to food as a way to celebrate is one way to celebrate. The challenge comes when we are reaching for food on a regular basis, as a way to celebrate. I encourage you to think about how you celebrate after receiving exciting news and try mixing it up a little.

Here are some suggestion:

  • Go to the spa
  • Get a massage
  •  Go to a sporting event and cheer on your favorite team
  •  Do something active outdoors like a hiking, bike riding, or kayaking
  •  Check out the theatres, museums, and attractions in your hometown
  •  Go out dancing
  •  Go and see your favorite movie (skip the concession stand)
  •  Go to a concert
  •  Read a book that you have been excited to read
  •  Gather your family together for a family fun night of games
  • Go shopping at your favorite store and use the money you would have spent on dinner to buy the item you have been thinking about for weeks

This is just a short list of activities you can do to celebrate. Now you come up with 10 more ideas you can pull from the next time you want to celebrate.

Written by: Emily Paxton, MA, LMHC, RD

Emily is a Licensed Mental Health Therapist and Registered Dietitian at Groff and Associates Professional Counseling.  She has over ten years experience counseling patients, with eating disorders.  She has also worked with and has a passion for families dealing with parent/child relations or trauma.  If you are interested, in seeing a counselor, for help, in these areas, contact Emily

 

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