Alcohol may have taken center stage in your life before completing your treatment program but there are many fun activities that don’t involve drinking. It’s important to find sober activities during recovery to avoid potential triggers for relapse.
A life without alcohol is a new journey that may include many different roads. It’s your opportunity to try new things, explore hobbies and knock things off your bucket list. Here are some ideas of sober activities to try out in your new life.
Visit a Cinema
Choose your own adventure, whether you want to see the latest comedy, drama, action-adventure or even a foreign flick. Going out to the cinema is a great way to de-stress and escape for a few hours. Although the popcorn is overpriced, it always tastes better than when you make it at home.
In some cities, you may have a drive-in cinema option. They allow you to enjoy a movie in the comfort of your car where you can bring your own snacks. There are also some theaters that offer current Broadway shows without having to be New York City. Another option is going to the symphony, ballet or to see a play.
Go for a Walk or Run
>Going out for a daily run or walk can be a great mood booster that also helps keep you in shape. A treadmill is a nice option when it’s raining or the weather is too hot or cold. Check out the trails that are available near your home or the many park options, for a change of scenery.
You can listen to music from Spotify or Pandora while you are out for a run. Listening to a podcast is another possibility. If you find that you enjoy going out for these runs or walks, look into organized programs such as 5ks and other activities are going on.
Take a Yoga Class
You don’t have to be as flexible as a rubber band to join a yoga class. There are many different types of yoga and there is bound to be one that’s right for you. Yoga has many health benefits associated with it’s practice; it has been linked to building a stronger body and bringing more focus to your mind.
Do some research to decide what type of yoga you think would work well for you. Many yoga studios allow you to try out a class for free before committing to a regular schedule.
Learn a New Language
Do you have visiting a new country on your bucket list? Did you lose your mastery of Spanish after college and want to become fluent again? Or perhaps you simply have always wanted to learn a second language.
There are many apps or podcasts that can help you with learning a language. Your local community center probably offers classes. If there’s a university or community college nearby, they also most likely have classes that you can sign up for a semester.
Try Rock Climbing
You don’t have to live near mountains or rock formations to participate in rock climbing. There are indoor climbing gyms which provide the opportunity for you to give it a try with different levels available, depending on your experience. While you’re having fun trying to get to the top, you will also be improving your flexibility, strength and mobility.
Spend Time with Family
Before your sobriety, your relationships may have suffered. Your family and friends are happy about your choice to stay sober and want to be there for you. Rebuild those important connections by spending time with your family, incorporating some of the sober activities you enjoy.
Other ideas include rotating a Sunday dinner at each other’s homes, grilling out on a weekend, taking a weekend trip, going out to a nice restaurant or attending a sporting event.
Try Cooking a New Recipe
Many people find cooking to be an enjoyable activity. Think about a dish that you’ve been meaning to try to make or have always wanted to learn how to make. There are plenty of websites that have a variety of recipe ideas if you need help figuring out what to try.
Volunteer and be of Service
Helping out others who are in need can be an uplifting experience. Decide what types of volunteer opportunities that you’re interested in. Spending time with a senior citizen living in assisted living, sorting cans at the local food bank and helping homeless individuals find employment are great ways to be helpful. If you have a certain talent such as crafting or web page design, you could also help teach others these skills.
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