Recovery is hard, there’s no doubt about it. But if you think of this time in your life as an opportunity for personal growth – a way to reinvent yourself – you can change your perspective. A new, sober you can find solace in new adventures and hobbies. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Discover a New Hobby
Keeping your mind occupied is important during recovery. Diving into a new hobby is a great way to keep your mind sharp and focused. Tap into your creative side by taking a woodworking class and build that side table for your living room or a cabinet for the garage. If a handy hobby isn’t for you, join a book club for some intellectual conversation, learn to play a new instrument or capture all the beauty the world has to offer through the lens of a camera. There are plenty of options for classroom and online photography classes.
Write it Down
Writing can be incredibly therapeutic. Struggling with substance abuse has challenged you your relationships. Most likely you’ve been experiencing individual and group therapy and are attending 12-step meetings. Journaling provides a personal outlet for expression that’s just for you. 12step.org offers some tools for an online journaling software complete with question prompts to help you along the way.
Whether it’s incorporating a 30-minute walk into your lunch break or hitting the gym after work, your recovery plan should include an exercise routine. Endorphins released during physical activity are pretty powerful, improving your mood and boosting energy. Meetup offers several outdoor fitness groups where you can try different activities and meet new people.
Take a Class
Have you always wanted to learn a new language? Maybe you’d like to be a better cook. Or maybe you’d like to plant that dream garden. Nashville Community Education is an affordable way to continue your education in a number of areas. If your interests are specific to arts, Watkins College of Art & Design also holds community education opportunities.
Nashville is in the volunteer state after all, so the opportunities to give back are endless. Whether it’s tutoring in inner-city schools, sorting food donations or helping the homeless, Volunteer Match can point you to a cause that speaks to your heart. You can also check out United Way for a list of Nashville nonprofits that need volunteers.