Now that the dust has settled and we’ve got the first full week of 2021 over us, I think we all deserve a breather. That’s one week ticked off, after collectively being through the toughest year most of us can remember. Forgive yourself if you’re not in the form for a January of regimented New Year’s resolutions.
We were going to list the resolutions we definitely won’t be keeping, but there’s no need to be that negative. Safe to say, though, that with gyms closed, we won’t be grunting and panting through the next few weeks, trying to burn off those tins of Celebrations.
Let’s set ourselves realistic targets and mini milestones, to get us through the darkest month of the year, and the rest of 2021. And remember, if you fall at a hurdle, don’t beat yourself up — remember how many U-turns and shifting goalposts from the Government this year. From the top down, everyone’s working things out in real time. Here we’ll go through a few of our ideas for keeping New Year’s resolutions in 2021. Notice we didn’t say ‘rules’.
1. Set realistic targets
Don’t lose the run of yourself. If you haven’t been exercising enough and want to get a bit fitter, don’t sign up for the Dublin Marathon — a couch to 5k app might be enough. If you’re not much of a reader but you’d like to start, skip Dostoevsky for now and find a novel that floats your boat in the popular bestsellers list.
2. Enjoy the great outdoors (within reason of course)
With a few exceptions, we’re all stuck within our own 5km radius for now. But that doesn’t have to feel like a prison. Have you really explored the whole area around your home, beyond your usual direct routes? Try walking down different streets, or stroll in a park you’ve never been in. And look around you, or look up — you’ll notice something new every time.
3. Try something new
Too often, resolutions are about giving something up, and coming down hard on ourselves when we hit a hurdle. Flip this around and try a new hobby — something you’ve never done before. And we’re all used to screen time by now, so enjoy the buzz of the online communities built around hobbies. Remember to follow the advice above in #1. If you fancy picking up the guitar for the first time, get an acoustic and learn a few chords for starters. You don’t need a Fender Stratocaster and a Marshall amp just yet!
4. Make the most of fleeting moments
We’re going to have quite a few boring days over the next few months, so if something out of the ordinary happens, just run with it. The snow last week was a chance for some magical outdoor craic — for kids and the young at heart.
5. Stay social
Yes, the yo-yoing back and forth with the opening and closing of coffee shops, bars and restaurants has been frustrating for everyone in hospitality, and people like you who we serve. But it doesn’t mean our social lives have to stop. If you have a regular coffee date pal that you’re missing in these winter months, schedule in proper video chats with a hot brew to shoot the breeze. And to let them know you’re thinking of them, send them a little gift of coffee to really make it a date.
We recommend our selection of coffee bags with a customised message. You choose the blend, write your message in the comments and we’ll send a beautiful coffee bag gift pack to your friend. All they’ll need is a kettle — and of course all the gossip! Order here, and and let us know what message to include.
In the meantime, happy New Year and happy brewing. Team CP.