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Triggers are everywhere and differ from person to person. For some, its simply feelings of anxiety and stress. For others, it’s people, places, and things. One trigger (out of many) that I battle is simply boredom! It’s important in recovery to not only have healthy coping mechanisms to handle our newly-sober emotions, but to have activities to enjoy that can help us get out of our own heads. Some of these can double as self-care. Life is messy and stressful so here are 50 Things to do instead of Drink!

  1. Learn to crochet or knit
  2. Play video games
  3. Wash your windows
  4. Take a walk
  5. Write a letter
  6. Take a bubble bath
  7. Make a list
  8. Meditate
  9. Make a bracelet or jewelry
  10. Play an instrument
  11. Online shop (without buying anything)
  12. Make a bucket list
  13. Read
  14. Clean out your closet
  15. Go to a meeting
  16. Play with an animal
  17. Volunteer
  18. Learn calligraphy
  19. Color
  20. Bake or cook
  21. Make a budget
  22. Create a boardgame
  23. Play chess
  24. Create a vision board
  25. Make a gratitude list
  26. Take some photos
  27. Pray
  28. Paint
  29. Play with makeup/paint your nails
  30. Learn a new language
  31. Make a meal plan
  32. Dye your hair
  33. Scroll Pinterest
  34. Journal
  35. Exercise
  36. Garden
  37. Draw
  38. Do Yoga
  39. Perform a random act of kindness
  40. Make a playlist
  41. Watch a movie
  42. Go for a drive
  43. Dance
  44. Call someone
  45. Do a puzzle
  46. Rearrange your furniture
  47. Find a TedTalk
  48. Listen to podcast
  49. Start collecting something
  50. Take a nap

As of late, I’ve been in need of taking my own advice. Yesterday, I watched several TedTalks that interested me, and it worked! It got my mind off the past, my worries and stress, and helped distracting me from that ever-looming thought of alcohol. I particularly enjoyed this talk. Please let me know what you guys do to cope with life’s insanity! I’m always looking for something new to try!

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