Content medically reviewed by Vicky Magobet, PMHNP-BC, on June 30, 2020.
Recent events have dramatically impacted our country, reshaping nearly every aspect of our lives. Protective measures like social distancing are in place to keep us safe. However, they can limit opportunities for downtime and relaxation.
Having a few leisurely activities you can enjoy is important to your overall mental health — especially if you are recovering from substance addiction. While it's crucial to respect social distancing measures, that doesn't mean you need to eliminate all entertainment from your life. Here are some things to do to have fun while social distancing.
The reason most people don't pick up new hobbies is because they don't have time. With stay-at-home orders in place, many people are experiencing unprecedented free time. Use this to your advantage by learning a skill or hobby you've always wanted to try. Bake bread or discover some new recipes. Watch a YouTube video and learn to knit or crochet. Improve your writing by keeping a daily journal. You're only limited by your own ambition.
Whether it's a fresh veggie garden or a fire pit, your backyard holds the potential for endless hours of entertainment. Use this time to turn your outdoor space into an environment for relaxation and fun.
One of the best cures for cabin fever is breaking out of the cabin. Many cities are opening up local parks and trails. You'll probably be surprised by the number of hiking trails in your area. Get out and soak up some sun and fresh air. Just be sure to maintain a safe physical distance from fellow nature lovers you may encounter along the way.
Whether you live alone or you're quarantined with your nearest and dearest, you should still make time to connect and have fun. Game and movie nights are both great options. Pull out your favorite board game or relearn the rules to some classic party games like charades. You can play with those you live with or arrange a digital game night with a few of your friends.
If you prefer the magic of the silver screen, choose your favorite film or rent a new movie. You and your friends can watch it together, either in person or virtually. With apps like Zoom or FaceTime, you'll be able to witness your friends' reactions in real time.
Tough times have the potential to bring out the best in humanity. If you want to use this time to make a positive impact, there are a variety of options. Reach out to others who may be hurting right now. Perhaps you can offer to go grocery shopping for an elderly neighbor or host a drive-by birthday party for a young child stuck at home. Looking out for the needs of others is a great way to spark happiness in yourself.
Social distancing may be necessary, but it's not always easy. Many people recovering from drug or alcohol addiction are finding it difficult to maintain their sobriety during this time. If you relapse, that's not the end of your recovery journey. The compassionate team at Diamond House Detox is here for you with personalized treatment that addresses your recovery goals. Contact us today to learn more.