List of actions to help you get through the day sober

Hey everyone. I’m privileged to be going to speak to a group of people in their early sobriety. Topic is how to help them set some positive goal to get through their day sober.
I am interested in hearing what you have done to get you through the day sober.

  • go to a meeting
  • call a sober friend
  • help someone in need…etc…

Help would be appreciated as I want to demonstrate that they too have a whole lot of activities to choose from before they have to go back to their old habit of starting to drink…thanks in advance


excellent…thank you.

In my early days some of the things that helped me were…

  • Physical activity…I would go for a walk, run or bicycle ride or go take a fitness class

  • Yin yoga…it is very meditative and slow and you can do it at home (YouTube has lots to choose from and free)

  • Take a nap or go to bed early…I slept A LOT in the early days, especially when triggered by my husband drinking

  • Warm baths in epsom salt, bonus points for reading a sobriety book or memoir while in the bathtub

  • Visited online sober forums such as Talking Sober, Soberistas, Women for Sobriety, /stopdrinking on reddit

  • Read sober blogs, listened to sober podcasts

  • Read sobriety books and memoirs

  • Lots of sweets and lots of LaCroix

  • Dancing, cleaning, organizing, baking (sweets!!)


thank you…

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keep em coming…

I make a to-do list each morning which includes everything from journaling to washing the dishes to, my new hobby, gardening.
It helps me stay on track.
Staying away from ‘slippery places or people’. For me, this meant taking an entirely different route to get to the grocery store in my small town just to avoid the LCBO.
Having meeting with my addictions counsellor.
Going to AA meetings.
Reading AA literature.
Spending quality time with my son and family.
Just a to name a few things I do…


Breath, yoga, bake, a little self pamper (facemasks, foot spa etc…) talk to sober friends, aa speaker videos on you tube, eat cake.
Good luck with your talk, hope it goes great :+1::blue_heart:


I work at local hotel head gardener was busy today planting out and weeding wedding on this afternoon so place looking good , bought new ride on tractor , spoke to one of my sponsorees this evening my wife working till 10 pm so getting her supper ready for her taped her fav soaps so she can watch when she gets in .Planning tomoro early meeting then off for weekend with wife up to Loch Lomond few days

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Check in on Sober Time! :grinning:

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I’m only in early days (12) but so far:

  • cooking
  • gardening
  • sparkling water (which was actually my mix with booze)
  • play with my preschooler
  • exercise (walk, rowing machine)
  • music
  • read (currently This Naked Mind; very helpful)
  • Netflix
  • recognize the positive impact I’m having on my health
  • and most definitely spending time reading Talking Sober

Early days was definitely reminding myself not to be so hard on myself. Letting myself feel and get better. I have cirrhosis so it was an all around mental and complete physical transformation that needed to happen.
Eating whatever my body craved in the beginning was a big one-if your body craves the sugar, let it have it.
Lots of sleep, plenty of Starbucks, journaling, exercising (light), counseling, IOP, sleep hygiene, not craving alone, playing the tape forward; building a support system I could trust.

Learning to trust myself again was the hardest…biggest thing is to give yourself time to heal. This is a long long process and we are very fragile in the beginning. Make sure to do plenty of self care. Saying good morning I love you in the mirror (even if at first you don’t mean it) really helps!
Best of luck and so happy to hear your doing this!


Here are the things that helped me so far:

  • No alcohol in my house
  • Refrigerator filled with nice food and alc. free drinks
  • Telling my spouse about my sober plan
  • Avoid alcohol related activities and friends (at least in the beginning)
  • Having a day counter
  • Avoid wine/beer section in the supermarket and avoid liquor store
  • Taking a strong vitamine B complex
  • Taking melatonin to help me sleep
  • Be gentle to myself, like go to bed early, taking a long bath, etc.
  • Doing relaxing activaties like meditate, yoga, walking, etc.
  • When I have cravings: I don’t pick up that first one but I walk, run, work out, eat chocolat, watch Netflix, clean, study, whatever.
  • Ask for help when I need it.
  • Be here every day to read and check in sober.

Today is my 306 day sober, enjoying my sober holiday in Italy :it:


thanks everyone. Keep those actions coming.


I have taken DIY, decorating and craft making on as a new obsession. Works so far!!


Go to two meetings and hang out with AA people in between


What’s LCBO?

Liquor Control Board of Ontario. They sell all types of alcohol.