Drinking is such a common social activity that you may think it’ll be impossible to have an exciting life as a sober person. You may have forgotten, but there was a time in your life when you did things you enjoyed and never thought about drinking – when you were a child. As a kid, you were constantly experiencing new things, you spent hours doing things you enjoyed just because you wanted to do them, and you probably didn't have a care in the world. As an adult, you have responsibilities that you can't overlook, but you can still have that carefree mentality you did as a child. It will help you gain a new perspective on life as a sober person.
There are a lot of benefits to being sober – not only are you overcoming an addiction that was wreaking havoc on your life, you're healthier and you’re stronger. You have to remember that when you feel like you're missing out on something because you're not drinking. Check out these ideas for things you can incorporate into your new life, and unleash that kid inside that’s been waiting to come out and have fun again. You can use all the extra money you're saving by not drinking to try some of these fun activities.
Take up a sport.
There are many sporting and fitness activities that don’t involve drinking, such as Crossfit and indoor rock climbing. Generally, if an activity is health and fitness related, drinking is probably discouraged. Stay away from social sporting groups that play softball or kickball as those tend to involve meeting up for drinks afterwards (and sometimes during).
Plan a DIY project at home.
You probably neglected a lot of home projects in the past because you were preoccupied with drinking. Pick something in in your home that you want to change and plan a weekend to work on it. Landscape your front yard. Power wash your deck. Paint the bathroom.
Start volunteering with a local non-profit.
Find an organization that supports a cause you believe in and spend a few hours a week volunteering with them. Many non-profits such as food banks and homeless shelters have group activities that will allow you to work with other people. You may make new friends in the process.
Take a class.
Your local community college and your city’s parks and recreation department usually offer continuing education classes all year long. Is there something you've always wanted to learn to do that you never found the time to try? Now’s the time to finally learn how to upholster a piece of furniture or change the oil in your car.
Go to an amusement park.
Get a group of friends together to visit an amusement park. The thrill of a 125 foot tall roller coaster will leave you with a better buzz than any cocktail.
Plan a trip.
Pick a place you've always wanted to go and plan a vacation. Even if you can't afford to travel far from home, you can probably find somewhere interesting to go that is within your budget. Being in a different environment will help expand your perspective and maybe spark ideas for new activities you want to pursue in your new life of sobriety.
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