Checking yourself into rehab so that you can stop your drinking habit is the first step in admitting that you have a problem that you need help with. However, once that part is over, and you step out of the doors into the world once again, the real challenge begins. There are many relapse prevention tips out there for recovering alcoholics, but most of them come down to staying busy so you can resist the urge to pick up that first drink. With that in mind, read on below for a few activities and hobbies to help you stay busy and remain sober.
Take Up Duck Hunting
Duck hunting can be a relaxing way to pass the time and give you a chance to reflect on your life as well. When there is nothing out in the woods but you, your duck calls, and the ducks themselves, it’s hard to be stressed and consider taking that first drink. It’s still very important to be careful when it comes to hunting, so please follow all safety precautions and travel with friends.
Learn to Cook
Cooking classes can benefit anyone, including someone who is trying to stay busy to maintain their sobriety. Cooking is very therapeutic and gives you something to concentrate on other than your urges. Not only is learning to cook a great hobby, it’s also something you can do with your loved ones, ensuring you have quality family time together and that’s what being sober is all about, family and not hurting the ones you love.
Take Up Writing
Putting thoughts down on paper is something that recovering addicts have been doing for some time now. It helps to release pent-up feelings and keep you on track. Try signing up for a few classes in writing, so that you aren’t only kept busy, but are learning at the same time. You never know what could come of your writing, as there are many self-published authors out there today. Who knows you might just find yourself with a new career.
Take Up Yoga and Meditation
Yoga and meditation have long been known to soothe not only the body but the mind as well. It’s also known to help those who are trying to overcome an addiction as well. However, it’s important to remember that not all yoga studios, yoga practices, and yoga teachers are the same. You need to do your research and find the one that is best suited to helping you with your sobriety goals.
Take Up Reading
There is nothing like getting lost in another world in a book to take you away from your problems and keep you busy to boot. Books are easy to find, from your Kindle to the local library, and they may just get you through a few of the rough patches ahead.
These are just a few of the activities and hobbies to help you maintain your sobriety and keep you busy. You can do this! Just take it one step at a time.