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Leap Year 2020.
Sean, our Hall Manager at Fontessa House in Chester, gives us a few ideas on how to make the most of the Leap Year day on the 29th February…
“There just aren’t enough hours in the week!” Sound familiar? I don’t think I’m alone in feeling that time always runs away from me. I long for an additional day, to finish a piece of work, squeeze in a lunch with friends or catch up on some much-needed sleep. Well, at the end of February, we get exactly that…in a way.
What is a Leap Year?
In the Gregorian calendar (the standard calendar across most of the world), a regular year is 365 days, but it takes the Earth 365.25 days to orbit the sun. Therefore, every four years, we gain an additional full day – and that happens to be this year, on Saturday 29th February 2020.
So, if like me, you are always wishing for an extra day, why not take advantage of the leap year and do something you’ve been putting off for a while. Here’s some tips on what you could do…
Okay, so the first suggestion is not the most exciting, but it’s an important one. If you’ve ever wanted a deadline to be extended, then here’s your chance. Whether you’ve got a dissertation deadline approaching, essays due or exams to revise for, using the extra day to get ahead in your studies can lighten your load and give you a chance to enjoy the rest of the weekend guilt free, whatever you choose to do.
Catch up with friends.
Is there a friend who you always struggle to catch up with? Things can always crop up and get in the way of plans and we tend to think that that person will always be there for us. Why not use this bonus day to make time for that person and have that long overdue catch-up?
Maybe you’ve lost touch with friends from home, it’s easily done when everyone’s life at University is so busy and you may all be spread out across the country, so why not set up a group facetime session and share all your stories of life at University.
Try Something New.
Do you fancy taking up a new hobby, trying a new sport or a new activity? Putting it off because you simply haven’t the time to fit something else in? Well use the 29th February for exactly that.
Once again, it might not be the most exciting suggestion but it’s just as important as the others. One thing that can fall down the to-do list when deadlines are coming up is rest! But a proper nights’ sleep and rest plays a huge role in everyday health and wellbeing. So, if your usually living life at 100 miles per hour and don’t have time for yourself, take advantage of this year’s extra day and take some time for yourself. Grab a book, a magazine, get outside for a walk, stick Netflix on, have a duvet day – whatever it is that helps you unwind and relax!
We’d love to hear what you get up to on this year’s leap year day so let us know on our Facebook page.
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