When the parties are over and the Christmas tree has been dismantled, things can seem a little… meh.
Step forward January; a time to reassess the areas of your life that need a little freshening up.
Getting out of the house and trying new things is the best way to rejuvenate your boring old routine. Trust us; just a power walk around the neighbourhood can work wonders.
If you fancy going one step further however, here are five ways to feed your mind, body and soul while reclaiming your mojo.
1. Sign up for a month of hot yoga
There are few activities that provide as many incredible benefits as Bikram yoga. Ideal for all levels, including complete beginners, you turn up (wear loose clothing and bring a big bottle of water), grab a mat and simply follow your teacher as they perform 26 postures and two breathing exercises in balmy, rainforest-temperature room.
The 40 degree heat allows the body to stretch easily and safely and increases sweating so the body can cleanse its largest organ – the skin. This helps to detoxify the internal organs and allows more oxygenated blood to move through the entire body.
Raising your core temperature boosts your immune system, which will help you fight off winter colds and viruses and the movements ease tension and stress as well as muscle stiffness and soreness.
The icing on the cake? Many hot yoga fans find they lose weight – each 90-minute session burns around 330 calories.
Oh; and you’ll sleep like a baby – a New Year’s resolution that appeals to everyone.
BOOK IT: Bikram Yoga Cork’s intro special includes unlimited yoga for 30 consecutive days for €49. If you’d like to try it out first, a drop-in class at the Tramore Road studio is €16.
2. Perfect your sushi skills
Healthy, tasty and great for serving at parties, sushi is deceptively easy to make once you learn the basics. The Sushi Made Simple course at Ballymaloe Cookery School will show you everything you need to know to get started with sushi and sashimi, using fish fresh from the boats in nearby Ballycotton.
Added bonus? A lifetime of heart-healthy, immune-boosting meals in your repertoire.
BOOK IT: The Sushi Made Simple course is a half-day, 9:30am to 2pm (€145) at Ballymaloe in Shanagarry.
3. Learn how to arrange beautiful flowers
A magnificent bunch of flowers can elevate the mood, the room or an entire event. Nobody knows this better than floral guru Hanna Heubach of Hanako Floral Studio in West Cork. Hanna, a firm favourite in the weddings and events world, hosts regular classes for all levels, from beginners to expert, at her farm in Inchigeelagh, near Macroom.
From floral wreath making (make yours the fanciest front door in the neighbourhood at Christmas, Easter and Halloween) to crafting gorgeous hand-tied bouquets and oasis-free centerpieces, boutonnieres and flower crowns for weddings, the courses include all floral materials as well as a light lunch and plenty of tea and coffee.
All you need to bring is a pair of secateurs and a vessel to build your creation in.
BOOK IT: Hanako workshops range start at around €180. Visit the website to book your workshop.
4. Upcycle some old furniture
Giving a new lease of life to an ancient piece of furniture is not just a frugal way to decorate your home, it’s also a calming and relaxing New Year hobby that allows you to tune out of your usual frequency and work on something mindfully for a few hours.
At Style 25 in Blarney, you can join a small hands-on class that will teach you everything from paint distressing, decoupage and waxing to colour washing and stencilling.
BOOK IT: Find out more about upcoming dates here.
5. Learn how to cook an Italian feast
Just because you weren’t born in the old country, doesn’t mean you can’t learn to whip up pastas, pizzas and sauces to rival those Mama used to make.
The Cookery Cottage in Douglas is hosting an Italian Evening cooking class on January 21st, February 18th, March 18th, April 15th and May 20th.
The fun and informal class runs from 7pm-9pm and the cost is €25 per person per night.
BOOK IT: Join an Italian Evening class by booking through the Cookery Cottage website or calling 021 436 5083.