Too many think that to have fun on a Friday night after work or school they need to do drugs or drink. However, there are plenty of other ways for people to enjoy themselves, relax, and have fun after a stressful week. I’m not going to just tell you to read a book, play some games, and hang out with friends – I’m going to give you five fun, alternative things to keep you busy on a Friday night.
5 Things to Keep You Busy
1) Get Out and Moving!
Friday is a popular day for people to sit around drinking and eating themselves into a food coma. Why not kick off your weekend to an energetic start and begin a weekend exercise routine? Spend a little time relaxing home after work, then pull on those running sneakers and shorts and get out of the house! Find a nice park or trail, do some people watching along the way, and find a nice cafe to end your run at to grab a nice cappuccino.
2) I May Not Know Art, but I Know What I Like
I’d rather be inspired than high. Instead of feeding a bad addiction, try going to a new town and visiting a fun museum, art gallery, or botanical garden! Bring along some friends and find some great art pieces to admire, history to appreciate, or Mother Nature to fall in love with.
3) Charity and Volunteering
Overcoming an addiction may leave you regretting your past a bit, and you may ask yourself, “How can I make up for lost time?” When I was feeling pretty low at the beginning of my recovery, I decided to give back to the community in hopes to make up for any harm I may have caused others. I volunteered at a local soup kitchen on weekends, and quickly I saw how much everyone appreciated it. Even spending a few hours a week at an animal shelter taking care of some cute little pups may help you feel good!
4) Try That Thing You’ve Been Meaning to Start
“Someday I’ll learn the guitar.” “Someday I’ll learn to draw.” “Someday I’ll start Tai Chi.” Someday, someday, someday! You can’t always live your life as a “someday” person! Now is the best time for you to become a “today” person. Finally get some guitar lessons, finally pick up that paint brush, and finally start taking that martial arts class you’ve always wanted to try out.
5) Start Workin’ On That Dream of Yours
Have you ever had a business idea, huge creative project, or item on a bucket list you’ve been meaning to get to? Now that you’re sober, it’s a good time to start thinking about what you want to do to live a more fulfilling life. With a clear head, and aspirations for a better life and a better future, I completely believe that you can now take a chance and live out some of the things you’ve always wanted to do. I want to hear about you in the news for changing the world!
By Michelle Conway
Photo by: Josef Grunig (Flickr)