Sobriety is tough. People who tell you it is easy have seriously lost their minds. It is a challenge and takes work. There will be pain, and I can guarantee lots of tears, but every minute doesn’t have to be miserable. Sobriety can be very satisfying and full of positive moments. You don’t have to lock the doors, curl up in a ball, and live in the dark. You can reinvent sobriety and make your life a life worth living. Here are 11 ways you can enjoy a sober life for many years to come.
How to Reinvent Sobriety for a Fulfilling Life
Whether it is on a hike or a walk around the block, get outside. The fresh air will brighten your mood, boost your energy, and keep your mind from wondering to sad thoughts.
Read and Relax
While it is good to stay active, sometimes, you need a moment to sit back and sip your tea while reading a book. Visit the library once a week and check out one book. Make it a goal to finish it over the next week, and then check out another one. This will keep your mind focused on a shorter deadline.
Take a Class
Now is your time to reinvent yourself, and what better way than to learn something new? Staying sober takes daily dedication, and sometimes, you need your body focused on something else.
Sobriety can be very fulfilling, especially when you choose to help people during those first few hard months. The more you serve others, the better you will feel and the easier sobriety will become.
Go to the Movies
Get out and have fun! Living a sober life is the best way to live. Trust me. A movie is an easy way to get your thoughts somewhere else and enjoy the evening.
I love to write down my thoughts and feelings. It helps me understand and release my emotions in a healthy way. Make sure you write two positives for every negative.
Stay Physically Active
Your body craves physical activity and the positive endorphins that come from exercise. Running is a free way to exercise, set goals, and get your blood pumping. Sign up for a race, and slowly train toward goals you can reach. I have watched clients run marathons that they could never have finished if they had still been wrapped up in their addiction.
Throw a Party
The idea of a party might seem frightening and maybe a little boring, but without alcohol on the menu, you can have a long night of fun without any regrettable moments. Rent a movie, pull out some games, and order pizza. Laugh along with friends and experience sobriety in the best way.
Make New Friends
During the first few months, you will experience dark feelings. Naturally, you are going to want to shut people out. This will make sobriety miserable, and staying social is key to staying healthy and enjoying life. Get to know someone new, and work on nurturing new and old relationships. Revamping your social circle is one of the best ways to reinvent sobriety.
Try Extreme Sports
Extreme sports take energy and concentration, but the best part about an extreme sport is the rush and thrill you get from doing them. You will be so focused on the moment that thoughts of alcohol will have no room to linger.
Go on a Staycation
I am always surprised by all of the places I haven’t visited in my own city. Write a list of museums, parks, and places to explore right in your area. Planning a vacation is a fun way to get yourself excited about the future.
There are so many ways to enjoy living sober, and once you start getting involved in these positive activities, you will be wondering why you didn’t choose sobriety sooner. Morningside Recovery can show you how to reinvent sobriety and enjoy life again. Simply contact Morningside Recovery by giving us a call at 855-631-2135 to learn more about our available programs. Our aftercare program can guide you through building a support network.
By Michelle Conway
Photo by: Adria Ariste Santacreu (Flickr)