After living in the same place for a while you can start to lose the spark that you once held for your neighbourhood. The pretty streets, local waterholes, and eclectic shops that once drew you in, now can't get you out your front door. If this sounds like you - don't worry, we've got the tips to help rekindle the long lost love between you and your neighbourhood.
TAKE A WALK THROUGH THE LOCAL PARK
If you haven’t been down to your local park in a while, why not give it another go? Getting out in the fresh air, taking a deep breath and strolling your way around can revitalise your body and mind, not to mention the rekindling of your neighbourhood love. Checking out some new parks or nature reserves gives you a new experience of a familiar location, leaving you feeling like you've had a mini break away from home.
HAVE LUNCH SOMEWHERE NEW
It’s easy to find yourself stuck in the same routine from day to day. You visit the same café for your morning brew, the same restaurant down the street on your lunch breaks, and you order the same dinner from the same takeaway. There’s nothing wrong with the familiar, but trying something new can really surprise you! Give somewhere else a try for lunch and you might fall in love with something different.
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FIND OUT ABOUT THE LOCAL HISTORY
You might already have a brief understanding of your local area and the events that shaped it into what it is today, but visiting your local museum or library can give you a whole new perspective. Who knows, maybe you walk the same ground as a notable historical figure or live in the area of a significant and historical event. Come away with new knowledge and a new appreciation of your neighbourhood.
VISIT A LOCAL COMMUNITY GROUP
Another great way to create a new connection with your neighbourhood is to meet the people in it. By finding a local community group with the same interests as you, you can meet new people and engage with your neighbours. To find one, search Nabo for local organisations near you, or look at your local community centre or library and see what activities they have running.
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TRY A NEW ACTIVITY
Challenge yourself at home by trying a new activity. By doing something out of your comfort zone you can find yourself revitalised, as well as forming a new connection to your local area. Check out some of the local businesses in your area and learn a new skill, or perhaps find a fitness group at the park or beach. Is there a local social group that you have wanted to join? Now is the time!
GIVE SOMEONE A TOUR
One of the best ways to fall in love with your neighbourhood again, is to show an outsider the best things about it. Subconsciously you will take them to the very places that made you want to live there in the first place and before you know it, you'll be loving that location all over again! So grab your mum, grab your dad, grab that friend who hasn't visited you yet and prepare to fall head-over-heels.
How do you recreate the spark in your neighbourhood? Let you neighbours know in the comments!