Leaving treatment can be intimidating and a little daunting, as your new sober life involves a lot of change. Counselors highly recommend having a daily schedule that keeps your mind and body challenged. There’s more to life than work, chores, and television. Finding a hobby is a great healthy outlet and it doesn’t have to strain the pocketbook. Whether you want to tap into your creativity or get the endorphins pumping with some physical activity, we’ve got five hobbies to kickstart your thought process. They will help fill your days with something rewarding – and something just for you.
Cooking may seem like just another chore if you’re sifting through the same stock of recipes month after month. During treatment at JourneyPure, you’ve learned the important role nutrition plays in your recovery. This is a great opportunity to discover new, healthy meals for you and your family. Try new foods, new recipes and invite friends and family to try your new creations. Learn more about clean eating and how kicking the preservatives out of your meals will help you live a longer, healthier life.
Writing, Journaling, and Blogging
Research studies have shown that writing is a useful tool in therapy, as it aids in healing from stress and trauma. A large percentage in recovery have experienced both. Some recent studies suggest the added health benefits of writing – because it relieves stress, it, in turn, strengthens the immune system. You don’t have to be an expert. Just let the words flow through journaling, writing letters to friends or loved ones or taking it public by blogging. Blogging Basics 101 is a great resource for getting started. If you need some inspiration from other bloggers and are looking for an additional outlet for your work, Medium is a dedicated platform for writers to contribute their work.
If you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, gardening can be quite therapeutic. It takes time, patience and research Whether you’re sprucing up your yard with some seasonal flowers or growing a vegetable garden, The Spruce is a fantastic resource for tips and tricks. If you’re looking to meet others with the same interest, you may want to join The Garden Club of Kentucky.
Arts & Crafts
Working with your hands can be incredibly rewarding but having a unique end-product for yourself or as a gift for a friend or loved one is a bonus. It seems that crafting has made a huge comeback. There are online classes for jewelry making, sewing, embroidery, knitting and more. With winter coming, it’s a great time to bundle up, grab some hot cocoa and make something special.
Hiking and Exploring
Kentucky has some beautiful areas to explore. Start filling your weekends with day trips and picnics, letting the healing powers of nature surround you. Kentucky is home to the longest cave system known in the world, Mammoth Cave, so if you haven’t taken a tour, you’re missing out. In addition to a wide array of tour options, there are other outdoor activities to take in like kayaking and canoeing. Want to add ziplining to your cave tour? Visit Hidden River Cave. For more hiking ideas, join the Bowling Green Hiking MeetUp group and you’ll find others with a passion for the outdoors.
Community Education Classes
If Community Education Classes are a great, inexpensive way to continue learning new things, expand on your hobby and meet new people in the process. In the Bowling Green area, you can take classes in everything from art & crafts to photography to sewing. Want to brush up on a language you took in school? They’ve got that too.
Ready to begin your recovery journey? We can help you get there. In our residential program, we will not only treat the addiction and provide coping tools through individual and group therapy, but we will address any co-occurring mental health disorders that may exist. Call our admissions team today to learn more 844-498-5343.
Chris Clancy is the in-house Content Manager for JourneyPure’s Digital Marketing team, where he gets to explore a wide variety of substance abuse- and mental health-related topics. He has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist and researcher, with strong working knowledge of hospital systems, health insurance, content strategy, and public relations. He lives in Nashville with his wife and two kids.