Releasing Stress/ Fighting Boredom in Recovery through Hobbies

Deciding that you need help with drug or alcohol dependency and receiving treatment is a huge step. You should no doubt be proud of yourself for taking the steps to get your life back on track, but you should also be aware that the positive choice youve made will come with its fair share of hurdles and challenges.

Finding ways to relieve your stress/boredom with a productive and enjoyable hobby is essential when it comes to staying sober long-term. Hobbies have been proven to provide pleasure and improve your overall well-being. You just have to find something that motivates you.


We must remember that although stress is a part of our lives, our life does not revolve around it. So, if theres something you can do to release it, you should do it without a thought. Hobbies are the best way out of the constant feeling of anxiety. Although eating, sleeping, and exercising help reduce a significant amount of stress, it can extend beyond them.

Hobbies come in all shapes and sizes. They can be creative, academic, physical, or just plain relaxing. When life gets busy, a hobby gives you a break from the stress. By engaging in a hobby, you can unwind from your day, doing something that helps you feel happy or more relaxed. By taking time for yourself to enjoy a hobby, you can recharge and feel better prepared to take on what life sends your way.



If you have the space to plant and tend to a few plants, then gardening might be the perfect solution. Some studies suggest that gardening relieves stress more effectively than a variety of other leisure activities. It involves physical labour in nature, soaking up the sun, and obtaining a good amount of Vitamin D.



You get your creative side out, experiment, release stress, and feed yourself! It is a scientific process that involves time management, physical action, and lots of creativity. It helps you shift focus from the mundane lifestyle and leave with a tasty treat.



Meditation is widely regarded as a stress-relieving and anxiety-controlling hobby promoting emotional health. Mindful meditation is all about not thinking anything – keeping your mind free from thoughts and being in the moment. It might sound challenging, but when you start taking a few minutes out of each day to do it and incorporate it into your schedule, you will get the hang of it.



Journaling is something you can do early in the morning or late at night before going to bed. All you have to do is take a few minutes out of your busy day and write down the tasks needed to be completed on a specific day. It will help you give clarity and perspective. The best thing is, that you can make it as creative as you want by drawing doodles, poetry, lyrics, or anything you love!



Reading is one of the most underrated calming activities. Getting absorbed in a book and living in its world gives an undefinable level of joy that you wont find anywhere else. You may read a fiction novel to take a break from reality or non-fiction to explore the topics you always wanted to learn. It will also help broaden your mind.


Find Something To Craft

If you’re not sure how you want to get your craft on, just check out a hobby shop or an online crafting site. You don’t need to build a train set or knit a sweater. Instead, consider things like putting a model together, scrapbooking, or buying some paints and canvas. Get creative – it’s your project!


Start Doing Yoga

Not only will yoga help you stay active, it will also teach you to control your breathing. Yoga can help you relieve stress and equip you with tools to help you deal with your anxiety and frustration – anytime and anywhere.


Take A Class

Don’t necessarily shoot for a degree, just consider activating your brain for a few hours a week. You can take an art course or just a subject in which you’re interested. Find something that will motivate you to continue through the entire quarter.


Go For A Walk 

Whether it’s just outside your front door or at a park down the street, walking in nature has been shown to calm stress and help focus thoughts.



If youre a music enthusiast, youd understand the role music plays in ones life. It is the easiest way of taking yourself to a whole other world where theres just you and the things you love. You may also sing, create music, or play instruments when under stress as the calming sound of art will surely wash away all the tension from your mind.



It is tough to state the perks of dancing your heart out when under stress. You might think of it as a stupid thing, but several studies have proved that dancing helps lift your mood. It does not involve thinking – it plays a song and moves your whole body to the beat! You can enjoy it with friends, family, or alone as well!


Recovery is a journey that will have many ups and downs. Hobbies offer pockets of peace and rest in what can be a difficult path to walk. 


Sourced: Hazelden, HonestlyFit, 7SummitPathways

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