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Monday, August 14, 2017

What to Do With Your Newfound Time

Once you’re clean and done with rehab, you may find yourself with a lot of downtime, which can present both opportunity and angst for those in recovery. This is because boredom can easily lead to relapse; too much free time spent reflecting on regrets or contemplating using again. 

Luckily, there are plenty of fun, sober activities to help use this newfound time wisely. Added bonus: You’ll likely meet new like-minded people and/or revive some hobbies you loved prior to struggling with substance use disorder. 

Here are a few ideas to help you spend your free time wisely: 
  • Volunteer. Whether you volunteer at the local library, soup kitchen or animal shelter, giving back is a great way to stay busy. Plus, you’ll be contributing to your community and possibly gaining new friends with similarly generous hearts.
  • Start a blog. Writing about your journey toward recovery is a cathartic and creative way to pass the time. And, if you choose to share the blog, it could also help others in the recovery community. 
  • Take a class. Always wanted to learn how to paint or cook or speak another language? Go for it! To keep costs down, consider online courses or adult courses offered at your local YMCA or library. 
  • Get lost in a book. Reading is a surefire way to pass the nighttime hours and it will also help with stress management, concentration and sleep. You could also consider joining a local reading club – just be sure that alcohol isn’t involved. 
  • Put on your chef hat. Cooking is a great way to keep your hands and mind busy. And learning to prepare your own healthy meals will keep you in tip-top shape for lasting sobriety. 
Whatever activity you choose, try to make it something that supports your recovery. You’ve worked hard and earned the gift of free time – so spend time doing things that make you happier and healthier! 

Continuing Holistic Healing 
After recovery, the staff at Complete Harmony encourages you to continue holistic therapies and find groups and community resources that support your commitment to sobriety. To learn more, call 866-930-4673.

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