Is it boring being sober?

You start to realizethat life may be monotonous at times once you've gotten some perspective, whichis typically attained after some time sober. Although it's not the same asboring, the daily grind of the job, bills, and family commitments can feelfairly monotonous. A depressive or depressive feeling can occasionally lead toboredom.


By engaging inself-care activities like watching your favorite movie, going for a stroll inthe sunshine, or even cleaning your room, you can battle these emotions.


Everyone's definitionof self-care is unique, but the most essential thing is to do something thatmakes you feel better. This will not only help you get rid of boredom, but itwill also make you feel better and boost your self-confidence.


These suggestions arefor you if you grow bored during your road to recovery, especially after yearsof effort. My therapist encouraged me to try a break without using it forenjoyment as I had intended, and it bored me to tears. It has been infrequent,and my life is very different now than it was before I became sober.


For this reason, I'veput together a list of methods for avoiding boredom when abstaining fromalcohol so you can lower your risk of relapsing and learn to appreciate lifewithout it. I can't even begin to count how many of my friends were in recoveryand who relapsed or passed away because they became bored or needed a fastdose.


Even those in recoverywith the most experience can occasionally become bored, which can impede the healingprocess. Finding a means to help others is one of the nicest things you can dofor yourself when you're feeling bored in sobriety.


Having a strategy inplace for when boredom strikes will help you maintain your sobriety. This makesit easier for you to recognize the people, places, and things that can functionas a trigger for boredom and endanger your recovery.


It's very acceptableto attribute your boredom in sobriety to alcohol withdrawal and the notion thatthe main way you (and everyone else) enjoy yourself is by getting wasted.Everyone suffers from boredom at various stages in their lives, making it oneof the most prevalent risks to sobriety.


Everyone experiencesboredom occasionally, but it can be dangerous for someone who is just getting sober.Newly clean people discover that they have extra time on their hands, time thatwas previously spent getting, using, or recovering from their drug of choice.


When someone isactively drinking or using drugs, they frequently drift away from better routines,and it can be challenging to reestablish those habits in the early stages ofrecovery. Active alcohol and drug use can also cause a lot of instability in aperson's life, so transitioning to a sober life with a more stable pace can bedifficult.


We blank off all ofour feelings when we drink or use drugs. These emotions appear unhindered bydrugs or alcohol in the early stages of recovery, which can be debilitating attimes. Healthy behaviors are a terrific way to divert oneself from boredom, butwhat do you do if you're not used to them or have forgotten what you used toenjoy doing?


The Trigger ofBoredom in Early Recovery

Any form of emotionalmanagement can lead to relapse, and this is especially true in the early stagesof recovery. It's crucial to learn and find healthy ways to handle thesesensations because boredom can lead to unwelcome emotions like restlessness,anger, and low self-esteem.


As the mentalobsession that might accompany substance use subsides, feelings of boredom mayintensify since the mental obsession occupies a lot of brain space.


Although boredom isunpleasant, it is also a necessary stage of recovering from a substance usedisorder and a crucial aspect of the recovery process. The longer you staysober, the easier it will become to learn sitting with challenging emotions,and developing healthy diversions is a crucial part of healing.


You might questionwhat you will do for pleasure if you are thinking of quitting drinking or ifyou have just started. It's a frequent misconception that using drugs oralcohol is necessary for having pleasure, however, this way of thinking isdysfunctional and contributes to the denial process.


It takes effort tobreak these ingrained negative thought habits, which also increase your chanceof recurrence. The key to success in early recovery is developing healthy (andenjoyable!) routines and behaviors.


Here are somesuggestions for overcoming boredom while creating and forming your new lifepositively and healthily:


Take a Walk:

The adage "Move amuscle, alter a mood" is particularly relevant to the fluctuating spectrumof feelings that newly sober persons’ experience. The benefits of even a littleexercise, like a walk, on your body and mind, are excellent. Serotonin,endorphins, and dopamine are just a few of the chemicals that are releasedduring exercise and all of them help you feel balanced and good.


Since early drug andalcohol use frequently throws these chemicals out of sync, starting a regimenof mild exercise will help you get healthy while also speeding up theregulation of emotions.


Establish aRoutine:

Because using drugsand alcohol nearly always causes some level of disruption in our life, it isimportant to build a routine as soon as possible to reduce feelings of boredomor helplessness. Even committing to waking up at the same time each day, takinga shower, and eating a healthy breakfast sets the tone for the remainder of theday.


When we are activelyusing, our cleanliness can sometimes become impaired. Setting a plan for whatyou can do to divert yourself and give yourself something to look forward tofrom the beginning of the day will help because the end of the day can also bechallenging.


Hobbies andInterests:

Were there anyactivities you formerly loved but abandoned due to drug or alcohol use?Reconnect with previous interests and hobbies to rekindle the passion you oncehad for them. Did you like reading? A better method to pass the time thanlooking at a screen or relaxing in front of the TV is to choose a decent bookand read for a while.


To actively use yourbrain is the goal. Have you ever wanted to attempt something but never had thetime? Maybe producing jewelry, beginning a collection, growing a garden, orcooking? Explore new hobbies, but practice self-compassion. Spend the timenecessary to learn things gradually so that you don't become easilydisheartened.


Sign up for acommunity group:

For those in recovery,and especially those in the early stages of recovery, isolation—which is a sideconsequence of boredom—can be quite dangerous.


It can help a lot tobe around others who have similar interests to your own. Join a club or townsports team, enroll in fitness or academic course, or go to a meeting of asupport group. You feel less alone when you meet people who share yoursentiments and your desire for a better life.


Start a Notebook:

Keeping a dailyjournal is an excellent method to process feelings and avoid getting bored. Youcan sort through emotions and get out of ruminative loops by writing down howyou're feeling. Do not enjoy writing? Draw, rather! Any regular creativeactivity is excellent for your brain's recovery. Uncertain about what to write?Make a list of your blessings to help you stay motivated.



Volunteering is agreat way to boost self-confidence, elevate mood, and connect with like-mindedothers while not taking on too much.


Build some structureinto your life without putting too much strain on yourself by volunteering at anearby animal shelter, reading to children at the library, or joining a causeyou believe in. Helping others is an excellent method to temporarily escapeyour thoughts and feel as though you are making a difference in the lives ofothers.

Al South
Al South

Professional pop culture advocate. Certified tv fanatic. Extreme internet guru. Work the Steps in a 12 Step Program

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