If cold weather has you stuck inside, take advantage of the down time to strengthen your personal relationships. I don’t mean going on social media and spending all day on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. I’m talking about spending quality time with someone directly. Here are 3 things to do if you’re stuck inside:

1- Focus on loved ones with you right now.

Just because you’re stuck inside doesn’t mean you have to sit in front of your laptop/tablet/smartphone all day. Take a break and spend quality time with your spouse/partner. Go through old photos and reminisce about good times. Make new memories by playing in the snow, watching old movies or even playing 20 questions. Spend quality time with your kids by coloring or playing a game. Take advantage of being stuck inside by focusing on loved ones right in front of you.


2- Reconnect with loved ones on your list to call.

Who’s been on your list to call that you haven’t touched base with in a long time? … maybe a family member? …maybe a long-time friend? Whoever it may be, take time while you’re stuck inside to reach out and reconnect. You don’t have to go through your long list – just make one reconnection. Turn off social media and use your phone, Skype, FaceTime or Google Hangouts to directly reconnect with loved ones.


3- Get to know your neighbors.

Some neighborhoods are tight-knit communities. Other neighborhoods are not. No matter which category your neighborhood falls into, take that step and reach out. Do something simple – invite your neighbor over for an afternoon snack, offer to help shovel snow from their driveway or ask them to join you on a short walk. Even if your neighbor declines, you’ll make that person feel special because you asked.


Spending one-on-one time can be challenging for some, especially in our digital world. Quit hiding behind your laptap/tablet/smartphone when you’re stuck inside. Take advantage of your downtime – use it to strengthen personal relationships.


Niv Persaud Niv Persaud, CFP®, CDFA™, CRPC®, is the Founder of Transition Planning & Guidance, LLC. Her firm bridges the gap between financial planning and coaching. As a Transition Consultant, she offers sage advice in all aspects of life – financial, personal and professional. Niv does not manage money and does not sell financial products. Her services include spending plan development, divorce financial review, life strategy and professional progression. Niv actively gives back to her community through her volunteer efforts. She believes in living life to the fullest by cherishing friendships, enjoying the beauty of nature and laughing often — even at herself. Her favorite quote is by Erma Bombeck, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say ‘I used everything you gave me’.”