During the process of recovery, it is common to discuss potential relapse triggers, such as stress, depression, and being around people or places that remind you of using.
However, boredom is frequently forgotten, despite the fact that it can quickly and easily result in a relapse. If you are in recovery, it is important to participate in addiction recovery activities that will help you stay on the right track. The following lists several ideas designed to help get you started.
- If you are just starting entering recovery, be sure to participate in 90 meetings in 90 days. Not only does this ensure that you take part in something geared toward staying on the straight and narrow every day, but it makes easier to buckle down and holds you accountable for your actions.
- Try something you have always wanted to do. Whether you have a desire to take up photography, learn how to play an instrument, or train to run a marathon, there is no time like the present to get started. If you are interested in learning a new skill, it is a good idea to contact local colleges and technical schools, community centers, and stores related to the subject for helping locating a class or private instructor. If you are unable to find a class you can attend, check into online options.
- Join a gym and make yourself go. This is also the perfect opportunity to work on improving your overall health. Exercise is a crucial part of this plan. Whether you decide to attend a yoga, Zumba, or spinning class or run on a treadmill on your own, hold yourself to your plan. One the days you feel a bit unmotivated, remind yourself that you are spending your hard earned money on this membership, so you should use it.
- Tackle a big project. Is there something that you have been putting off for years? Whether it’s completing a DIY project you have wanted to try, cleaning out the attic, or doing some much need landscaping in the yard, this will keep you occupied and knock something off your to do list.
- If you don’t already have one, get a job or volunteer. If you are not working, there are likely to be times when you get bored. If you aren’t quite certain about taking on a full time job yet, consider volunteering. You can start looking for volunteer opportunities by checking with animal shelters, nursing homes, nonprofit organizations, and hospices.
There is no denying that recovery can be a difficult process, especially if you are constantly coming face to face with potential triggers. However, keeping yourself busy by doing activities that serve a purpose is one of the easiest ways to maintain your sobriety.