Start the Day off Right: One of the earliest gifts of recovery is the ability to wake up each morning refreshed, rested, and hangover-free! Enjoy this time and set a positive tone for each day with self-care and wellness. Get up at a regular time to avoid sleeping too much, and enjoy meditation, workout, mindful walk, or curl up with a good book and a cup of coffee. The important thing is to engage in fulfilling activities that promote wellness, enrich your spirit, and give you peace of mind.
Summer is a great time to be sober. We have the freedom to plan what we want to do, and to spend time – virtually or together (while being socially distant) – with sober and supportive friends. We get to be fully present for all the fun summer brings, and create a life centered around recovery and wellness.
Sober Summer Fun and Social Distancing
Social distancing due to COVID-19 adds another complicating element to sober summer fun. It has been challenging for everyone in recent months, and for people in recovery, it has meant finding new, innovative ways to stay connected to their sober network.
Technology provides many opportunities for people to attend recovery meetings online, Facetime with each other, and stay in touch regularly through phone, Zoom, and text. As we ease into this next phase of ‘returning to normal’ there is uncertainty about how it will look and what we will be comfortable with individually. Nobody knows for sure how it is all going to unfold, so it is important to keep close to your sober network every way you can as we move ahead.
Many states are allowing groups of 10 or less to gather by following the recommended guidelines of staying 6 feet or more apart, wearing a mask, and frequent hand washing. Talk to your sober and supportive friends about their comfort level with getting together and plan some fun activities to do outside! Meet up for some beach time, a walk in the woods, or a socially distant picnic. These are things that can be done safely, as many people feel more comfortable outdoors. Thankfully, summer weather is perfect for outdoor fun!
You can gather virtually with your recovery community as well; plan a regular group Zoom meeting ‘check-in’ with each other or start a daily gratitude texting group to remind each other of all the blessings recovery brings.
Here are some other fun, and socially distant, activities you can safely do with friends:
- Throw a movie or series watching event through Netflix Party.
- Start a book club and gather outside recognizing social distance guidelines or meet virtually every week. Make it more fun by asking everyone to share recipes for a favorite dessert or a favorite snack!
- Take an online class with a friend. Sites like Brit + Co, SkillShare, CreativeLive, and Udemy are offering low cost (and sometimes free!), fun and creative classes that include things like cake decorating, flower arranging, photography, investing, and more!
- Plan virtual wellness activities with friends! Through Facetime or Zoom, you can still have fun working out together, doing yoga, or other fun and healthy activities.
- Host a virtual cook-off with friends! Pick a recipe each week and cook together over Zoom.
- Organize a yoga session in the park, go for a run, take a hike in a state park while maintaining social distancing, or go for a bike ride. Find ways to fill your soul and prioritize your health at the same time.