Creating new routines is an incredibly valuable component of recovery and can prove to be a great time for trying out some new hobbies. In the beginning, it may seem challenging to find sober ways of having fun, but there are a lot of seemingly normal things that can bring pleasure and joy.
10 Sober Hobbies to Take Up
You may not realize, but sobriety can give you many opportunities to experience new and exciting adventures with little to no risks. Your participation in developing new hobbies can help strengthen your sobriety and help minimize the risk of relapse. You can choose from quiet, reflective activities such as reading or writing or strengthen your athleticism with rock climbing or surfing. The following can help you have fun and fill in free time.
Swing through the air
Aerial Arts, also known as Circus Arts, is a great way to get in shape and get in touch with your mind and body. More than just fun, aerial arts can help build confidence and awareness. Swinging on a trapeze or dancing in the air with silks demand attention and can sync your body and mind.
Learn a new language
Have you always wanted to learn a new language and culture of a faraway place? Learning a second language is shown to improve how our brain functions. Some benefits you may find when learning a new language include improved memory, more creative ideas, and better problem solving.
Spend time outdoors
Get outside and take in some sun and fresh air. Connecting with nature can help ease tension and stress. Some ways you can enjoy the great outdoors includes planting a flower or vegetable garden, hiking or biking a scenic trail, stargazing, or camping.
Take some snapshots
Photography can make a great hobby. There are so many subjects you can choose from, and you can start with just your smartphone camera. Take your camera outdoors or set up still life frames. You can even checkout alternative photography processes that create unusual and stunning images in non-traditional ways and without a camera. Some terms you look into include cyanotype, chemigram, or phytogram.
Stir up something new
Cook something delicious to nourish your body and delight your taste buds. You can sign up for a group class or find an online tutorial or cookbook and stay in. Spice things up with some international cuisine flair or bake up flaky, sweet pastry.
Take doodling to the next level
Drawing or painting can release your creative side and provide fun along the way. Take a local class and meet other artists, sketch master works in the museum, or paint en plein air in the open outdoors.
Level up your consciousness
Help improve awareness with a mind-body practice such as Tai chi or yoga. These activities can help strengthen and tone the body, improve balance, and increase calmness. As low-impact fitness options, they can be a great choice for just about anyone.
Lend a hand
The act of volunteering can bring a sense of purpose and fulfillment. And there are a number of options you can choose from that can help others. For instance, you can work with animals, offer companionship for the elderly, or gather supplies and food for the homeless.
Put pen to paper
Writing can help express what we hold on the inside. Whether you’re into journaling or want to work on finishing a novel, writing is a great way to clear your head in a healthful way.
Expression through music
Whether jamming and dancing to your favorite songs or learning how to play a musical instrument, music can help release those feel-good hormones that bring joy. You can sign up for music lessons or take advantage of all the free online tutorials.
Find Hobbies That Bring You Joy
Hobbies are a great way to fill all the newfound time during recovery. If you need help with drug or alcohol misuse or addiction, Pura Vida can help. We offer affordable, evidence-based addiction treatment in an outpatient setting. For a confidential screening, speak with one of our intake coordinators.