Addiction Recovery in Summer

Addiction Recovery in Summer: 10 Easy Ways to Prevent Boredom!

Addiction recovery during the summer months can be difficult! But, did you know, engaging in healthy activities while sober can have numerous benefits for your physical, mental and emotional well-being?

Taking up a hobby will prevent boredom, exercise your mind and body, and introduce you to like-minded individuals. And there is no more important time to have healthy hobbies than during the summer months!

Yes, summer can be a challenging time to stay sober, because it’s associated with social gatherings, parties and outdoor events where alcohol and other substances may be readily available. There may also be seasonal triggers – sights, sounds and smells – that trigger cravings or nostalgic memories of past substance use. 

Healthy activities will keep your mind focused on other things, while allowing you to enjoy your summer. Below are ten hobbies that can fill out your summer calendar and keep your mind off drugs and alcohol. 

1. Mindfulness and Meditation 

Practice mindfulness and meditation techniques to cultivate a sense of calm and inner peace. This can help reduce stress, improve focus, and promote your overall sense of well-being. During the summer, there are plenty of outdoor places to meditate, such as near an ocean or lake, in an open green space or even in your backyard. 

2. Cooking and Healthy Eating 

Now that you are sober, you may have taken a new interest in eating healthy foods. Experiment with cooking nutritious meals and trying out new recipes. Summer is a great time for cooking, since many fruits and vegetables are in season and at their freshest. You can even grow your own herbs and produce – gardening is an excellent hobby! Eventually, put your skills to use and host your own sober dinner parties and potlucks. 

3. Exercise 

Regular physical activity is excellent for your overall health. You can try activities like walking, jogging, cycling, swimming, yoga or dancing. If you live near Agoura Hills, you have close access to the beach, which means you can keep busy with water activities. You can also join a sports team – many communities have softball or sand volleyball leagues in the summer. 

4. Hiking or Nature Walks 

Spending time in nature is refreshing and rejuvenating – and a great way to support your recovery. Not only are you getting all the mental and physical benefits of exercise, but also the benefits of being out in nature. This includes opportunities for mindfulness and reflection, a renewed appreciation for life, and reduced stress levels. Explore nearby trails, parks or nature reserves in your area. 

5. Artistic Pursuits 

Not everyone is an outdoors person, and that’s OK. You may find your time is better spent on creative passions, such as painting, drawing, writing or playing a musical instrument. These activities are effective at relieving stress and helping you express yourself in a healthy manner. Also consider joining an art class or attending an orchestra concert to meet others with similar interests. 

6. Volunteer Work 

Find a cause that you are passionate about, and dedicate your time to volunteering. It could be working at a local charity, helping at an animal shelter, or participating in community projects. Volunteering your time and talents allows you to make a difference in the world, foster personal growth and development, and improve your mental and physical well-being. 

7. Reading 

Dive into a good book or explore topics that interest you. Reading can be a great way to relax, expand your knowledge and stimulate your mind. Plus, reading has plenty of entertainment value, giving readers the drama of good stories and the suspense of watching a good plot unfold. People in recovery often find that reading helps them escape reality and become immersed in a different world. 

8. Socializing and Networking 

When you first give up drugs and alcohol, your options for socializing can feel a bit limited. Grow your social circle with friends, family and other like-minded individuals whose lives don’t revolve around drugs or alcohol. Make time for sober get-togethers like coffee or tea, social events, joining clubs and hosting game nights. 

9. Learning New Skills 

Enroll in classes or workshops to learn a new skill or develop an existing one. You can focus on anything that interests you, such as cooking, photography, coding, gardening or a foreign language. There are many options for learning new skills, so you can pick a format that works for you – online, in-person or hybrid – and meet others who enjoy the same hobbies as you. 

10. Self-Care Activities 

Dedicate time to self-care practices, like relaxing baths, journaling or practicing deep breathing. Self-care helps maintain a healthy balance in life, plus reduces stress, improves productivity, and nourishes the mind, body and spirit. While self-care should be incorporated into your daily routine, you can also give special attention to skincare routines, prayer or quiet reflection as part of your hobbies. 

Remember, there are countless activities you can enjoy while sober. The key is to find what resonates with you and brings you fulfillment. And when you do, you’ll see that there IS life after addiction. Happy Summer!

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