When we first start making changes in our lives to help us become healthier, it can seem daunting task to start getting out and getting active. Getting out doesn’t necessarily mean getting out and going for a run, going to the gym or other physical activities, but the mere action of getting out of the house can do wonders for both physical and mental wellness.
Depending on your particular location and what you have on offer in your community, joining up a number of clubs and groups can be a great way to start getting out and starting up new and healthy friendships and relationships with people who will help encourage you to partake in beneficial activities rather than sitting in side, thinking negative thoughts and repeating negative patterns. Great resources for checking out activities and clubs in your area include Facebook groups for your specific town or city, local newspapers, community boards and Church announcement boards.
Where To Start?
So, what are some options for activities you can start doing? Depending on your interests many towns and cities offer card game clubs, art classes, acting classes, writing classes, pottery, community movie nights, and more. Many things within the community often don’t cost much either, if anything, and so it makes them available to a wider array of people.
If you have been looking to spend your time giving back to the community – often a popular choice for those who have spent years with addiction issues – volunteering can be a great way to help contribute positively to the community in which you live. There are often a number of ways to volunteer, some even offer fantastic opportunities to develop skills and knowledge that can translate into helping unemployed people find jobs. Volunteering at charity shops can help develop skills in cashing and customer service – highly sought after experience which can lead to employment down the line. Even if you are employed, spending some extra time devoting parts of your day helping others can give you a welcome sense of accomplishment, which can help combat the likelihood of potential relapses and even boost your emotional and mental wellbeing.
All in all, spending time working on developing your place in the community in beneficial ways is a great way to help yourself get further down the road to recovery. Many studies have shown that substance abuse and misuse stems in some sense from a lack of engagement with local communities and with life in general, and so by seeking out ways to engage ourselves with our local area, we can help stop these opportunities of sliding back into negative patterns from ever gaining a foothold again in our lives.
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