When you begin your journey into recovery, it can be challenging to find ways to replace the time you used to spend drinking or using. However, a sober life does not have to equal a boring life. When your awareness is normal and your emotions stable, you can look at this as an opportunity to discover and pursue your passions. Simply put, being an addict is not fun, and gives you a false definition of what having fun looks like. During recovery, finding healthy ways to spend your time is essential to maintaining long-term sobriety. Read on to find some creative and fun ideas to help you enjoy life to its fullest.
Recreational sports are an excellent way to up your fitness level while also acquiring a new skill or revisiting an old one. Exercise is also an effective stress reliever and natural mood lifter, giving you more energy to put into your recovery. Like team sports? There’s leagues for bowling, softball, touch/flag football, soccer, hockey, basketball, volleyball and more. If sports aren’t for you, join your local gym, grab your surfboard or get outdoors for a hike or long walk. The key is to find an activity you enjoy and people you like spending time with.
Practicing yoga provides both physical and mental discipline, which greatly benefits your recovery. Yoga has also been proven to positively affect endorphin levels, and improve posture, balance, and flexibility. Yoga embraces the powerful practice of meditation: focusing your mind and clearing your thoughts for improved mental health. Contrary to popular belief, yoga doesn’t have to require expensive memberships and equipment. There is an array of online resources that provide yoga sequences that can be done in your own home. Many yoga studios also offer a free week of membership upon signing up, so take a beginner or level one class, and remember to breathe.
Arts and Crafts
Get in touch with your creative side by exploring a craft you have always wanted to try. Woodworking, scrapbooking and knitting can all help you to focus on a new skill and give you a sense of accomplishment when you complete a project. New to art? Browse Pinterest or Tumblr for inspiration, or start with something simple, like a coloring book. Though using adult coloring books is not art therapy, it can help you relax, reduce stress and boost mental clarity.
Quite often the disease of addiction affects our health in ways that aren’t even related to using, like cooking. This can lead to unhealthy eating habits and the decline of physical health. Getting back in the kitchen, or exploring it for the first time can lead to a new hobby, and supports you in becoming self sufficient. If you don’t know where to start, take a cooking class, or meeting with a nutritionist to learn what and how you should be eating. Once you have mastered a few dishes, invite friends over for a potluck and night of board games.
Plant a Garden
Gardening is an enjoyable outdoor activity that can provide profound satisfaction when your green thumb starts to thrive. Create your own flower beds, plant a vegetable garden or start a strawberry patch. There are many different types of gardening you can try. Visit the local farmer’s market or garden department for ideas and advice on where to start.
When you first start on the path to recovery, it can seem like an overwhelming journey. How will you fill the time that was once consumed by your addiction? As you learn more about your sober self, molding your spare time to activities and hobbies you enjoy will become easier. By embracing your sobriety, you will no longer need the excuse that you don’t know what to do to be sober. To learn more about activities that support sobriety, contact Simple Recovery at 888-743-0490.