Updated: Jan 2
Plans will be different and our New Year resolutions we make won't be made with a 'normal' mindset. Increased Tiers and restrictions will have a huge impact on what we will take with us into 2021 and the goals we set.
We may have to to swap the local pub for a festive movie as the bells chime this year, but it's still tradition to make ourselves a list of things to achieve and maybe the odd thing to give up!
You will be forgiven if you have struggled with what you would add to your New Years Resolutions, lets face it after 2020 many of us won't be sorry to see the back of it.
With lots of things put on hold throughout the last year, some may also probably feel like just going with the flow as we start it with much the same as we have done since March! However, looking to the future is something we should all take with us into 2021, tomorrow is a mystery and one for exploring, whatever is thrown at us.
Here are our top 6 suggestions for a happier, healthier New Year.
These may not be your usual type of goals to set, but each is a great way of changing your focus.
Cook one new thing each week
Variety is the spice of life as they say, and we all need a little pick me up every now and then. Making something new each week will help you to focus on something rewarding (well that's if you enjoy your new creation). Go out of your comfort zone and try something new!
Don't miss some amazing deals from Yorkshire Meat Company from the start of the New Year, giving you restaurant quality meat at wholesale prices. A great way to avoid the supermarkets. Offering their popular family packs and local delivery, make sure you are following them on social media here to be one of the first to see whats on offer.
If you need some inspiration on what to cook, head to our recipe section here. Want to share a recipe? Click and load the information here and we'll showcase your tasty treats with our large audience.
Read more books
The weather is bleak and we are told to stay at home more and more, so the start of the New Year is the perfect time to snuggle up on your couch with a good book. Use your social media platforms to ask for recommendations or why not get in touch with your local bookshop?
Sign up here for our latest E-Magazine which is jam packed with offers, recipes, local business, gardening tips, information and this month's issue (released 1st January) will also include the second part of our Handpicked Tales, Rastus by local author Fred Butler.
Or why not speak to our very own (and new to Town) independent bookshop, Reading Roots? With imagination, and enthusiasm at their core, browse through some of their collections online or use the search bar to find your perfect book. Keira is happy to take queries or help you in your search too.
Become a Plant Owner
Did you know that the presence of indoor plants can lower your stress levels? Having them in your house or office can relieve stress, boost creativity, productivity and focus. There is evidence that houseplants may positively influence the air quality too!
Check out Nicolla Florist for a great selection of houseplants to get you started.
Our community is a great place to start volunteering and we have a good range of groups that not only make a massive improvement to where we live, they also help out the people that live there too.
With lots of ways you can get involved in your local community, why not start with volunteering your services to taking down the Christmas lights which have brought us all some much needed cheer throughout the festivities.
Meeting on Saturday 16th at 9am and Sunday 17th January at J M Kay Electrical Services retail unit on York Road Industrial Estate, Wetherby - pop down and do your bit.
Take more Walks
If you have struggled to keep track of your fitness routine through the pandemic, a simple walk around your area is the next best thing. With Tier 3 restrictions meaning that we must not meet socially indoors, in a private garden or most outdoor public venues with anybody we do not live with or have a support bubble with, getting out in the fresh air will keep us from the four walls we are confined to.
Regular brisk walks can help you maintain your health and you get to discover more about your local area.
Click here for a great selection of walks in Wetherby but be sure that the one you choose sticks to the guidelines and keep a safe distance from others with the same idea.
It's true that you can see friends and family you do not live with (or do not have a support bubble with) in some public outdoor places whilst under the Tier 3 restrictions – such as parks or public gardens in a group of up to 6, but please ensure that you stay safe in these surroundings and adhere to the rules for safety.
If you prefer to work out in the comfort of your own home then be sure to book an online session with Lee Murphy Personal Training. He has a wide range of sessions available including a great app boasting the best home workout you have ever done.
Get out in the Garden
It might be the middle of winter but as the days lengthen it's a great time to make plans for the coming New Year. From recycling your Christmas Tree, cleaning your pots and greenhouses ready for Spring, starting forced rhubarb, pruning apple and pear trees, the list is endless.
As well as planning nutritious veggies and fruits for your dinner table and beautiful flowers to decorate it, gardening offers a variety of health benefits.
Of course if your garden has seen better days and needs a little professional TLC, give Aquascapes & Landscaping a call. Offering a wide range of first class landscaping services to domestic and commercial customers, means that whether you have a large or small garden they can have it looking it's best!
Don't forget the hungry wildlife! By putting out additional food, gardeners can make a significant contribution to supporting wildlife over winter. It is also a great way to watch wildlife even in the smallest of gardens or balconies, often at very close quarters. Check out these tips from RHS.
So there you have it, our small contribution to some fantastic ideas to get your 2021 off to a great start! Wishing you all the best for the New Year ahead.