One of the biggest problems people who are new to recovery encounter is how to fill up all their new free time. Before, our lives were consumed with thinking about drugs, finding drugs, and taking drugs. Rinse, and repeat. Keeping yourself busy is a challenge when you're new to recovery, and your life depends on succeeding. If you're left with too much idle time, it's too easy to return to using. What do you do when your life doesn't revolve around drugs or alcohol?
I wrote the books 365 Ways to Have Fun Sober and How to Have Fun in Recovery to help people transition to a sober lifestyle. These books offer suggestions on how to enjoy life sober and how to fill up your spare time. If you or anyone you know is struggling to enjoy life in recovery, I encourage you to check out my books.
Below is another exclusive from 365 Ways to Have Fun Sober. Here, you can read all of the suggestions for the month of February. Keep on with your quest to improve your life and enjoy it. There are so many interesting and fun things to do in this world, and you deserve to experience all life has to offer. If you enjoy this excerpt, please check out the rest in the Kindle store! You can also follow me on Twitter @LisaMHann.
365 Ways to Have Fun Sober by Lisa M. Hann
1. Visit a nearby museum.
2. If it snows, build a snow fort or make snow angels.
3. If you’re with friends, have a snowball fight.
4. Watch episodes of your favorite TV show from when you were a kid.
5. Create Valentine’s Day cards for all your close friends and family members.
6. Practice styling your hair in new ways. Create a crazy hairstyle.
7. For the Lunar New Year, look up your Chinese zodiac sign on TravelChinaGuide.com and read about how it might influence your personality.
8. Challenge yourself or your whole family to keep your cell phones, laptops, and tablets off for an entire day.
9. Blend a smoothie for breakfast. Add chia seeds for an energy boost.
10. Create a LinkedIn profile, and do some networking.
11. Learn a foreign language for free at DuoLingo.com.
12. Sign up for free samples of popular products, food, and more at FreeSamples.org.
13. Mail a letter to a living famous person, and see if you get a response.
14. Start a gratitude journal. Keep track of all the things you’re grateful for in recovery.
15. Tell everyone you love how grateful you are for them and their support of your recovery.
16. Make a how-to video for YouTube, and share some of your knowledge with the world.
17. Make a list of things you love about yourself.
18. Make a list of things you love about a friend, and give it to them.
19. Try a new type of ethnic food.
20. Tie-dye an old T-shirt.
21. Start a dream journal. Every morning, write down whatever you can remember about the dreams you had while you were sleeping.
22. Write a letter to yourself about why you want to stay off drugs or alcohol.
23. Make a time capsule in a shoebox to be opened 20 years from now.
24. Listen to a podcast online. Try RadioLab.org.
25. Take a virtual tour of a museum. Visit VirtualFreeSites.com to find a list of museums and exhibits that offer virtual tours on their websites.
26. Bring cookies to your local fire station to thank the firefighters for their service.
27. Go to a professional sporting event near you.
28. Ask a friend to tell you their favorite movie, and then watch it together.