The third Monday in January is sometimes referred to as ‘Blue Monday – the most difficult day of the year’ but this is a myth. There is no such thing as ‘Blue Monday’ – we all have our good and bad days, which aren’t for the calendar to decide.
The Samaritans have a fantastic campaign to stop this myth about Monday being ‘blue’ by instead encouraging us to start a conversation over a brew! Reach out and connect with family, friends, colleagues and loved ones.
The Samaritans believe: We can always make time for a cuppa and a catch-up. It doesn’t matter if it’s a Monday morning or Saturday night, or if you’re drinking green tea, black coffee or orange juice. If you’re sharing a cuppa and listening, you’re doing it right.
For more information, on what The Samaritans do for Brew Monday you can follow the link below.
Here at Hector’s House, we are doing our own Brew Monday campaign focussing on what you can do to appreciate your favourite hot beverage this Monday. We invite you to make your favourite warm drink and really take the time to take note of what you are experiencing when you’re making it as well as when you’re drinking it.
Here is an example using coffee:
What can you smell?
Cup your hand over your mug leaving a little gap between your thumbs and forefinger, bring it to your nose, and breathe deep. Your tongue can detect 5 tastes, but your nose can detect thousands of smells. Try and focus on what you can discover. Can you notice anything earthy, spicy, floral, nutty etc?
What can you taste?
Slurp a large sip of your coffee – being careful not to burn your tongue. Let the coffee spread across your whole palette. What is more apparent from the aromas you could smell? What has changed or what has become stronger? Spice, chocolate, caramel, citrus, nuts, etc?
Take a moment to feel how the taste lingers or dissipates in your mouth. Do the complex parts of the flavour stay on your tongue, or open in an aromatic way in your nose? A full-bodied coffee will sit heavily in your mouth, whereas a light-bodied coffee will fade quickly but leave a refreshing finish you can smell.
Can you describe it?
How would you describe the coffee? Aromatic, spicy, dark, chocolatey, full-bodied, acidic? For example, think about what food might work well with it, and how complex the journey that coffee has made is, and how that compares to the taste.
Can you reflect on your cup of coffee?
Try to take a moment to think about the thousands of miles, hundreds of hours, and dozens of people who have got that coffee into your hands. The farmers, the roasters, the packers, the logistics and everything in between – having some gratitude for this everyday luxury that we might sometimes take for granted.
These questions could be applied to any delicious hot beverage of your choice so take some time this Brew Monday to really appreciate some time for yourself to reflect over a brew.
We would love to see your brews this Monday so make sure to keep an eye on our social media tomorrow to get involved by sharing a photo of your lovely warm beverages and checking in with how you’re feeling!