An Extra 24 Hours to Embrace Life
Wellness Feb 29, 2016
An Extra 24 Hours to Embrace Life

Time: one of the precious things in life that you never seem to have enough of. This leap year, however, gives you an extra 24 hours. A leap year occurs to synchronize the calendar year with the solar year, so make this day count by being conscious of this once-every-four-years chance to make the most of your extra time.

Focus on Mindfulness

Mindfulness means being fully present in the moment and experiencing the tastes, sounds, textures, and sights of what is around you. Practice mindfulness by putting away your phone and laptop, and giving one specific task your full concentration and attention.

We are often required to multitask at times, but multitasking can lead to several things being done at once without a clear focus on one item. Studies show that practicing mindfulness can decrease stress and increase productivity. What better way to spend your extra day than deeply appreciating all that’s around you?

Organize One Room

Take the extra time to organize your physical space. While this can seem like an overwhelming task, pick just one space that could use some attention. When you walk through the door the next day, you’ll feel a sense of pride (and relief!) that this area is tidy.

Go Outside and Enjoy a Walk

No matter where you live, take advantage of the outdoors to change your exercise routine and refresh your spirit. Studies show that there is a positive correlation between outdoor activity and positive thoughts, so your extra day can be a great chance to combine mindfulness with a brisk workout.

Use this opportunity to make your leap year day a chance to re-focus, re-energize and be fully present for 24 glorious hours that can truly make a positive difference for the rest of the year.