Tips For Finding Hobbies And Interests In Recovery
Moving from a life of addiction into a life of recovery opens up a lot of doors and provides untold possibilities and options. One exciting aspect of living a life clean and sober is the time and the focus you will have available to try new things, discover new passions and to engage in different events, activities and options that simply have not been an option in the past.
Finding new hobbies and interests in recovery can be a very new experience for many people. After all, hobbies and interests were not a focus during the period of addiction, so this is really a reawakening of a part of yourself that may not have been used for a long period of time.
To help to get started, here are some effective strategies for narrowing down the types of things you like to do and then choosing one of more hobbies to get started.
• Make a list – write down a list of everything you would like to do, learn, try or experience in your life. Don't be judgmental or consider costs, just write down a list of anything at all you would like to do.
• Rate your list – using a 1, 2, 3 scale, rate each item on your list from 1 (absolutely want to do/try/learn) to 3 being more of a "would be nice" rating. Two's are in the middle. Consider which of the 1s and 2s you could do on your budget and in your community and then choose one or two you will commit to start.
• Ask a friend – another way to find a new hobby is to ask a friend to share their hobby with you. Perhaps you go to a yoga class with them, go for a hike, sit in on an art class, or maybe you volunteer with them at a community activity. This can be a fun, stress-free way to spend time with someone you enjoy and also do something you may have never considered at the same time.
Remember, this is your time to find your hobbies and interests. Many community colleges, groups and organizations offer free or low-cost trainings, workshops or classes, all which can help to develop interests and hobbies you may have been interested in for years.
Sherry Gaba, LCSW is a Radio Host, Certified Transformation Coach and author of the award winning book The Law of Sobriety: Attracting Positive Energy for a Powerful Recovery and Ecourse. You can take her quiz to find out if you are co-dependent or sign up for a 30 minute strategy session with Sherry. www.sherrygaba.com.
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