In a tight knit community such as ours, it goes against our fundamental human nature to stay at home and keep our distance from each other, but it is one that we have copped on the chin in the hope to keep on keeping on. But how can we continue to spark community joy from home? The answer is simple, we start with ourselves.

Whether it’s lighting the fancy candle that you’ve been saving for a rainy day, using the special crockery for a lockdown Sunday lunch with the other members of the household or even conning your partner into trying out copious amounts of face masks, there are a thousand ways to treat yourself during this lockdown, let’s start by taking it one step at a time.

Supporting local businesses has always been something we hold dear to our hearts and unfortunately, many are struggling to remain open during these unprecedented times. Thankfully, we have the wonders of the internet that allow delivery and purchase orders to be made online, keeping businesses afloat when foot traffic is slim to none. The feeling of giving back to a business that feeds, entertains and warms the community is a feeling like no other. By showing a bit of love and care to our own, not only brings about some fantastic karma, but it also highlights that often giving can be better than receiving. Local businesses support us all year round, let’s do what we can to support them.

This is the perfect time to learn a new skill, and for many that skill might be to cook. A lot of families amidst the hustle and bustle of school, work and activities don’t have a lot of time to cook healthy, high quality meals surrounded by their loved ones. Now is your chance to learn to create divine meals across an array of cuisines which not only teaches us simple tips and tricks when in the kitchen, but allows us to dive into various cultures by experiencing their blends of flavours and spices. The Blue Mountains Phoenix releases a multitude of recipes each week, which can still be accessed via our website for those individuals unsure of where to start.

With the world turning to their online profiles, adventuring has never been made so convenient. You could look into joining a virtual museum tour, with a personal favourite being some of the incredible exhibitions and webinars available through an array of galleries and studios equipped with keeping entertainment central to the Blue Mountains. Keep your mind active by trying out online quizzes, speaking with psychic mediums and even attending zoom zumba classes.

A calm mind, means a happy soul full of love, laughter and joy, that's exactly what we need to bring back to our true community spirit.

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