Welcome back to part two in this short series on having a lot of fun this summer while keeping your sobriety in check. Part one focused more on what the newly sober person can expect during their first dry summer. Today we are going to go into more detail on things all recovering addicts can do to have fun during the hot months.
Other People's Problems
Look, don't let other people's problems and insecurities with you not drinking affect your ability to have a good time. Also, if you find yourself in a situation where everyone is heavily drinking, and you're not, you will be asked "Want a drink?" or "Why aren't you drinking?" several times. Just be prepared, and rehearsed, to answer without getting frustrated. If you feel uncomfortable, leave the situation, or call someone in your support network to come pick you up.
Don't Let It Get Boring
Being sober doesn't mean you have to be boring. What it does mean is that you are going to have a lot more time on your hands. You'll need to fill it up so the thoughts about using do not creep back in. Get creative, think outside the box, and find anything you can think of to schedule out your daily hours. For instance, try to find time to meditate, exercise, read books, play games, play with your kids, play with your pets, anything that you can think of that will occupy your time and mind in a fun and constructive way will help you avoid boredom.
Speaking of planning your exercise, one key element of staying sober is staying healthy. A strong body, mind, and soul are your weapons of addiction mass destruction. Working out, running, yoga, and all exercising in general will help build up your relapse defenses. Sweating out all the frustrations that you're carrying around is also very therapeutic. Take up some extreme exercises this summer like training for a marathon, or participating in a mud run, or other obstacle courses. Challenge your physical fitness levels this summer and set goals that will get your body fully optimized.
Again, you're going to have a lot of extra time, and some extra money. Invest in yourself and learn new things. Take up some new hobbies. Instead of jonesing to go out on the town, jones for getting out on the water to go fishing. Fishing is a great hobby example. Fishing is excellent for the mind, body, and soul. Fishing teaches you exercises in patience, creativity, planning and organizing. You'll also be outside soaking up sunrays and getting fresh air. Don't get discouraged if you don't land any fish your first time out. It's called fishing, not catching, for a reason ... wink, wink.
You don't have to go fishing, but we're using it as an example of a hobby that will take up a lot of your time, is fairly inexpensive to do, and has a lot of benefits for the recovering addict. You want to find hobbies that are not too easy, require some level of learning and difficulty, yet are fun and exciting at the same time.
Whatever you do, do not get discouraged and give up on your first few tries. Give it a fighting chance and don't be afraid to fail. The key is getting back up and trying again.
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