Hopefully by now, your hectic holiday schedule has slowed down. It’s okay to breathe a sigh of relief.

During all your running around, did you give yourself a gift?

If not, then block off a day for yourself. If obligations make it impossible to block off an entire day, then block off whatever time you can find.

During that time do what you want to do. It’s your gift to yourself.

To totally indulge yourself, turn off your phone and social media. In this way, you won’t be interrupted.

Here are some ideas:

Take a long walk

Binge watch a program on your list

Go to the movies

Eat at your favorite restaurant

Treat yourself to a spa service

Listen to your favorite music

Read a book

Plan a weekend get away

Donate items to charity

Take an extra-long nap

Buy an adult coloring book and color

Bike your favorite trail

Find a quote you like

Learn to meditate

Create a photo collage for 2016

Experiment with a new recipe

No matter what you decide to do, relish your time by yourself. If you’re uncomfortable eating at a restaurant by yourself, then order take out. If you don’t like going to the movies by yourself, then stay at home and watch movies.

If you’ve never spent time by yourself, then accept the challenge to do so. It may be uncomfortable at first but you’ll eventually enjoy it. And why wouldn’t you enjoy your own company?

Spending time by yourself allows you to learn more about yourself. You’ll learn what you like and what you don’t like without anyone’s influence. You’ll be more reflective about life and form your own opinions.

End this holiday season by giving yourself a gift – your time. Spend a day by yourself doing what you want. Be indulgent and turn off your phone. Cherish the time you have by yourself to just be you.

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Niv PersaudNiv Persaud, CFP®, CDFA™, CRPC®, is the Founder of Transition Planning & Guidance, LLC. Life is more than money. It’s about living the lifestyle you want and can afford. For that reason, Niv consults with clients on money, life, and work. Her approach capitalizes on techniques she learned throughout her career, including as a management consultant, executive recruiter, and financial advisor. Her services include spending plan, financial plan, 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’.”