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 an excerpt from 365 Ways to Have Fun Sober. Here, you can read all of the suggestions for the month of January. It's 2015 now, and it's the perfect time to start transforming your life into the one you want. 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 exclusive excerpt, please check out the rest in the Kindle store! It's actually an excellent book for anyone who's bored or looking for new ideas, recovery or not! You can also follow me on Twitter @LisaMHann.
365 Ways to Have Fun Sober by Lisa M. Hann
1. Make a New Year’s resolution, and develop a step-by-step plan for completing it.
2. Watch a movie or a TV show from a new genre. Check out Wikipedia’s list of film and television genres for more ideas. Watch movies from different regions of the world, or watch a TV series from start to finish.
3. Learn how to play a new one-player card game, like Solitaire. Check out Wikipedia’s list of patience card games for ideas and instructions.
4. Learn how to play a new card game with a friend. Check out Wikipedia’s list of two-player card games for ideas and instructions.
5. Build a big blanket fort.
6. Check out your local library. Most local libraries offer more than books. You may also be able to rent DVD’s and CD’s, or you may be able to attend a free or low cost class, such as an art or education class.
7. Look up your astrological sign, and read your personality profile based on your birthday at Astrology.com.au. If you have a significant other, look up your compatibility based on your astrological signs.
8. Do a jigsaw puzzle - the bigger, the better.
9. Buy Girl Scout cookies, and eat them all.
10. Go to FacesandVoicesofRecovery.org to find an addiction recovery group near you, and go to a meeting or event.
11. Dance around the house or your bedroom in your underwear.
12. Start a project that you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t yet.
13. Write a letter to yourself about all the negatives you experienced due to addiction, and then write about all your hopes and dreams for a positive recovery.
14. Do an art project. Visit a local craft store for ideas and supplies.
15. Give yourself a manicure and a pedicure.
16. Use your local newspaper archives to look up the newspaper from the day you were born.
17. Invite your neighbors over for coffee.
18. Start a Pinterest account. On your first board, collect ideas of fun things to do.
19. Scan and upload your old photographs into digital photo albums.
20. Host a potluck dinner with your friends or family.
21. Make playlists of your favorite songs for different moods or occasions.
22. Call a friend or family member to chat.
23. Design your own t-shirt at CustomInk.com.
24. Learn about a new topic with a free college course from iTunes U.
25. Cook meals to put into your freezer so that you have them on a day you don’t want to cook.
26. Practice building paper airplanes. Make an “anxiety airplane” by writing your fears and frustrations on the paper before folding and throwing it.
27. Use blank cards to design your own greeting cards for common occasions, like birthdays and holidays.
28. Learn some “magic” card tricks.
29. Write down your long-term career and financial goals.
30. Practice meditating.
31. Make your own pizza.