Here are a few (in fact, two) things you can do this weekend that are fun, unique, and most importantly, won't jeopardize your recovery. Are you interested in running or biking? Track your progress toward a specific goal (10,000? Triathlon?) and it will motivate you to keep going. One of the most meaningful ways to spend your free time in sobriety is to give back. This could mean volunteering your time with a local organization, donating school supplies or toys to families in need, or participating in a fundraiser or food drive.
Participating in volunteering can give you a sense of purpose and connection, and makes it easier to say no to alcohol. It can also make an incredible difference in the lives of others and extend the benefits of sobriety far beyond your immediate circle. Many people find gardening to be a rewarding hobby when they're sober. Whether you're building a garden in your backyard or starting an indoor herb garden, cultivating plant life is a great way to increase vitamin D levels, improve mood, and focus on a long-term project² Seeing the progress of plants growing steadily over time can serve as a beautiful reminder of your own progress as you continue your journey of sobriety or moderation.
Are you looking for something fun that doesn't involve drinking or getting high? Instead of escaping reality, dive in and simply enjoy living life. Here are 30 fun activities you can do to start living a full and exciting life. Most local parks and schools have basketball courts where you can play. Invite some friends to play a game of 21 or practice your trays and free throws on your own.
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You don't have to go out to have fun. You can organize fun and sober evening activities right in your living room. You can organize a movie marathon, a game night, or a sober party with music and dancing. Maybe, to change it up a bit, you'd prefer to organize an elegant dinner and ask your guests to dress up in a formal way.
Not only can this be fun and often cheaper than going out, but you also have more control over what's served at the party. Don't underestimate the power of board or card games. Sometimes our game nights have alcohol and people drink, including my husband, but I've never been tempted because I have so much fun and enjoy all the snacks.