Putting the Fun Back into Sobriety: Tips for Sober Living
Our society has placed such an emphasis on drinking – for celebrations, for socializing, for stress, for nearly any occasion – that it makes sense why “sober fun” is often followed by a frown. We’re used to including alcohol in so many aspects of our daily life that we have trouble identifying how to enjoy the moment without it. If you’re in recovery right now, you may even find yourself questioning what you’re going to do, especially with the holidays surrounding us. The truth is that sobriety is what you make of it. If you’re willing to put the work into it, and build connections with others, connect with your community, and develop new hobbies, then you’re going to find a lot of fun – more than you’d realize – can come from sober living.
In 2015, one woman shared her experience with coming into sobriety via the website, Hip Sobriety. Here is what she said: “What I have discovered on this side of the bar scene is the exact opposite. My life without alcohol is where my actual living began.”
There were a number of new ventures that she listed as part of her new-found fun in sobriety. Here are some of the examples she gave:
· Taking risks in the sense of finding new hobbies and skills to learn that she never would have taken a chance at learning before
· Doing normal things like watching a movie, relaxing to read a book, riding a bike, and more
· Acting like a kid again – finding the joy in small things and getting your hands dirty by playing outside, rollerblading, and more
· Embracing alone time, because active addiction has us running towards something, and sober living allows us to slow down and enjoy the pace of life
You’re going to find many more discoveries to add to this list, but it’s going to take some time and not every day is going to be easy. The best part of sobriety is truly reconnecting with yourself, your loved ones, and the world around you – there is still so much wonderment to be found.
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