10 Unique Hobbies for People in Recovery

Posted by on January 29, 2019 in News Flash with 0 Comments

Navigating through a new sober life can be scary, but it can be made easier by replacing habitual drug use with new, healthy hobbies. Finding a hobby that you enjoy can help prevent boredom, make life exciting, build self-worth, and even enable you to make connections with other people who enjoy the same hobbies as you! If you don’t have a hobby, here are 10 hobbies to try out in recovery.

1) Archery

Archery is the art of using a bow and arrow to hit a target. Though it was historically used for hunting or combat, in modern times it is considered a recreational activity. Archery is more of a mental activity than it is physical, so it can be great for improving your focus and challenging your mind in order to reach a goal – hitting your target!

2) Reading

In active addiction, may people misuse drugs to chase a high and escape reality. However, when the drugs are taken away, a healthy, safe way to escape reality is through reading a book. Not only is reading a great outlet for people in recovery, but it can stimulate your imagination, reduce stress, improve your memory, and promote analytical thinking.

3) Writing

Like reading, writing is also a great way for people in recovery to let their imagination run wild! Whether it is a poem or short story, writing can help you express your thoughts and emotions in a creative, thought-provoking manner. It is also a great coping skill for people who struggle with anxiety or depression.

4) Yoga and meditation

Studies suggest that individuals who use spiritual mechanisms in recovery are more likely to remain sober than those who do not. If you struggle with the idea of spirituality, yoga and meditation may be for you! Yoga and meditation carry many physical benefits as they improve overall health, but it is also a very spiritual activity as it connects the mind, body, and spirit.

5) Learn an instrument

Music is a therapeutic activity as it allows individuals to express themselves without the use of words. Learning how to play an instrument is a great way to improve cognitive function and relieve stress. Who knows – you may even have a musical talent you were never aware of!

6) Take a class

While you are creating a better life for yourself in recovery, try taking a college class or enrolling in an online course in order to further your education. Now that addiction is no longer holding you back, you may be surprised just how much potential you have! You may even find a new passion that you want to pursue.

7) Plant a garden

Another fulfilling activity for people in recovery is gardening. Planting flowers allows you to watch them grow and bloom, filling your yard with pleasant smells. Planting vegetables rewards you with the ability to grow and eat your own greens. In addition, gardening is a great way to spend time outside, which carries many benefits in itself. While you are flourishing as a sober individual, watch your garden grow and flourish too!

8) Go hiking

Taking nature walks or hiking a rigorous course can provide you with a sense of accomplishment. Now that you aren’t bound to the chains of addiction, nothing is holding you back from taking adventures to new places and seeing stunning views. Plus, you would be surprised what a little natural sunlight will do to enhance your mood and mental health!

9) Volunteer at an animal shelter

Working with animals is a highly therapeutic activity to engage in while in recovery. Animals provide humans with a sense of love and comfort that is unlike any other. Not only does volunteering at an animal shelter benefit humans, but it is a great way to show animals who don’t have a home that they are loved and cared for. Let’s face it – who doesn’t like playing with animals?

10) Photography

As you embark on your journey of sobriety, there will be moments that you will not want to miss. Document these good times by taking photographs to make your memories of recovery last a lifetime.

About the Author:

Cassidy Webb is a 24 year old avid writer from South Florida. She advocates spreading awareness on the disease of addiction. Her passion in life is to help others by sharing her experience, strength, and hope.

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