5 Hobbies To Start In Recovery
People in recovery, at least early recovery, fear boredom. One of the best ways to avoid feeling like there is nothing to do is to pick up a new hobby. Be a little careful though. If your favorite thing to do is dance, going clubbing is probably not the best idea for someone in recovery. Find hobbies that build on your recovery or on your new way of life. There is some argument over whether an “addictive personality” actually exists but if you tend to “take things too far” then pay attention to how much your new hobby is affecting your time, money, well-being, and your relationships. If your new hobby is destructive in any way, find a new one. Here are some healthy hobby ideas:
1. Volunteer Somewhere
Volunteering is an excellent way of getting out of one’s self and focusing on doing things for someone else. There are several places that most always need people to help. Soup kitchens, animal shelters, and nursing homes are all excellent places to help out.
Crafting can be very therapeutic. Just the act of sitting down and creating something. There is something to be said about creating something beautiful or useful when in addiction we were used to destroying things. You don’t have to be “artistic” necessarily, just do it.
Like crafting, gardening can be rewarding for some of the same reasons. If you have some space to spare this is an excellent way to bring life into the world.
4. Running and/or Exercising
The benefits of this one are self-explanatory. However, they also release dopamine, combat depression, lower anxiety, and improve self-esteem. Everyone can benefit from being active, get out there and move.
There are several adult leagues for different sports in communities. This one can be powerful for several reasons. Being part of a team can build healthy relationships and encourage teamwork. Sports can release adrenaline, dopamine, and norepinephrine. All of these chemicals will improve well-being.
These are not the only hobbies out there. There are countless numbers of ways to spend your time in recovery. Get active, build healthy relationships, and enjoy life. Recovery is incredible, and there is no reason to be bored!
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