New hobbies and lifestyle


#1

I am just now starting my journey of being sober… I find the hardest time and the time I always cave is around supper when I’m sat at home doing nothing.
What are some hobbies/coping skills I can do to occupy myself and be able to be more comfortable staying home instead of going drinking?


#2

Gaming is huge for me to keep my mind busy.
Watching hours and hours of dumb YouTube videos is also a guilty pleasure of mine haha

I also love to cook. I try to cook new recipes atleast once a week.


#3

I love the cooking idea! I’ll definitely have to give that a try. YouTube is already something I spend a lot of time on Hahahaha


#4

I have always been a ‘maker’ - clothing, jewelry, art, knitting, woodworking, photography - whatever. I taught myself to sew when I was 12, and while I’ve taken huge chunks of time in essentially a creation-less vortex, I dug up the sewing machine I bought in 1998, and bought a new one earlier this year (thinking my old one wasn’t any good - but I found it is better than the new one…), so that’s what I’ve been doing. I feel like I’m making up for lost time, with all the projects I have planned. I just finished making a sleeveless blouse that I wore to work today, and have another one mid-cut as I type.

I would suggest digging back to your childhood - think of what you really enjoyed doing, preferably something with your hands. When I start working on a project, I get into a ‘zone,’ where I pretty much don’t think about anything else. It ends up being very therapeutic for me, almost like meditation. If there’s something you really want to do but don’t have the tools, maybe start by taking a class, and/or looking on Craigslist for used equipment that won’t cost you a fortune but will get you started.

All that said, I really need to start scheduling downtime b/c I actually feel frustrated and anxious when I’m doing nothing, but I know it’s necessary to have some balance in life. When I was doing yoga, the most difficult part of class for me was the final 5 minutes or so of laying down, doing nothing. Weird, I know. Which tells me I need to do more of that. That is my own personal struggle…


#5

Sewing, yoga, reading, drawing, love @LyLyC idea of jewelry.


#6

Such a good idea! I used to love writing and painting. Maybe I’ll have to try that again :slight_smile:


#7

Go get yourself a really nice journal and some good quality pens and start writing!! You can also probably find old canvases with bad art on them to paint on. Just gesso over it. :slight_smile:


#8

I like jigsaw puzzles, quilting, making paper stars, hiking, reading, cooking, coloring, journaling, baking and wiener dog memes or videos or anything funny.


#9

Cooking has been my savior! I love to research foods and meals and meal plan. I love shopping, it’s soothing for me. I love prepping and cooking. I try to make one meal from other countries or cultures and almost always make something we’ve never had at home before. It’s therapeutic!


#10

Steve!! Where have you been? I’m glad to see you


#11

Volunteering at resource centers and homeless shelters have helped me a great deal.


#12

AA has kept me sober for 335 days. Might be something to look into.


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#14

I have yoga classes - or I book a gym class. Anything to get me out the house :blush: I make sure I always havr SOMETHING planned, even if it’s a shopping trip or tidying spree.


#15

I like going to new meetings and making new friends when I have free time. I also enjoy cleaning and doing laundry. Having a nice today house is really good for my serenity.

@Bill_Phillips had the best suggestion though. Holidays are tough for people in shelters and rehabs so see if you can be of service there.


#16

Bill is right it would open your eyes and relise how luck we are