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how to cope when you are alone on your birthday

Start fresh
Use this opportunity to start fresh in some area of your life.

Go the traditional route and do a makeover on your outside: that might mean a new haircut, new outfit, or even something a little riskier like a tattoo. Choose styles that give you confidence and a new outlook.

Or, go the less traditional route, and treat yourself to an internal makeover: read a self-improvement book, take a workshop, or start writing in a journal. Read books to work on coping with social anxiety so that you will not be alone on future birthdays.

Light candles
No, not scented ones. The type you put on a birthday cake. Even if no one is coming over, you can still have a birthday cake. If you’re not into baking, buy a storemade version.

However, if you really want to enjoy your day, don’t take this shortcut. Take your time and enjoy the process of baking a cake. Feel proud of what you have accomplished. Share leftovers with a neighbor and consider it an opportunity to make a new friend

Get outside/get exercise
Exercise helps to clear your mind and hiking outdoors gives you a chance to connect with nature.

Get outside and go for a hike, walk around your neighborhood, or a stroll along the beach (if you are so lucky to live near one). Feel proud about spending your birthday out of the house and being proactive about your physical and mental health. Bring Fido, if you have a Fido (Rover, Spot) in your house, and let his natural joy and curiosity lead the way.