When you are in recovery, your worst enemy is free time. This is because it can lead you thinking about using drugs or doing things or spending time with people that lead to you doing drugs. It’s important to find new hobbies to fill your time and keep you from getting bored or potentially relapsing.
It can be hard finding activities to fill your time, so we have some ideas listed here for you. There is a wide range of hobbies out there, it’s just about finding the right fit for you.
It is well-known that spending time outside can improve moods. Outdoor activities also can involve a bit of exercise which is always good for your health. Some possible hobbies include:
- Gardening: It can be satisfying to get down and get digging and grow something. It takes hard work and dedication to bring something to life. It’s even possible to grow your own herbs or food, and it feels very good to use them in your meals.
- Backpacking and hiking: this is a great way to get some hardcore exercise while enjoying everything nature has to offer you. The world is vast and beautiful, and you should experience some of that; you’ve earned it. It can be fun to start a bit easier and work your way to the more difficult trails and adventures.
- Biking: This can be draining at first but once you get some time in it can give you an excellent time to exercise and view the world from a different angle. Enjoy the sights, the breeze, and get out there.
- Geocaching: This is a trend that has only gotten bigger with the introduction of smartphones. You use a GPS to find a small container that was hidden somewhere outdoors. There’s a little treasure inside known as a geocache. Usually, if you take something, you are required to leave something else. This can be an adventure for the whole family.
- Outdoor photography: Photography can give you an excuse to go outside and revel in nature.
Some hobbies can help you express your creativity while still allowing you to stay indoors. Some creative hobbies include:
- Origami: This is something you can learn from the internet and just use scrap paper to practice. You can fold cranes, frogs, and more. It can be amazing to turn something as simple as paper into a piece of beautiful art.
- Knitting or crocheting: You can become that family member who supplies new scarves or hats in the winter. You can also knit them and donate them to shelters.
- Painting: Painting is a popular form of self-expression. You can practice at home or take a class, and there are a million subjects to work on.
There are also hobbies that can help you work on practical skills. These include:
- Cooking: You can take the time to practice the art of making your food taste good. This is a great way to work on your diet as well.
- Woodworking: You can upgrade furniture in your home by learning to treat it, color it, or shape it. You can also learn how to carve or design things as well.