Now that summer is officially here, it’s time to put our bare feet on the grass or toes in the sand. Summer takes on different meanings for different people, but one thing that remains true for everyone is that it’s a great time to unwind and enjoy life to the fullest. If you’re sober, you may have to tiptoe around the typical booze-fueled summer parties for the sake of your recovery but that doesn't mean you can't celebrate with a bang. All it takes is a bit of planning.
Here are 3 summer ideas to consider as you get ready to gather your crew, take time off and make a splash.
1. Spend time on the water.
Whether you choose the ocean, a lake, a river or a pond, make it a point to spend some time in the water this summer. There are countless activities to choose from including kayaking, canoeing, water skiing, swimming, surfing, snorkeling, stand up paddling, tubing or just splashing around the shore with your dog or child. As a matter of fact, spending time on the water doesn’t even have to involve getting wet. Cozy up on the sand with a good novel, if that’s what you prefer. The lapping water has a way of putting us into a calm meditative state no matter what we’re doing around it.
2. Immerse yourself in wilderness.
Penciling in some time in the outdoors is always a good idea. You may choose to go hiking, camping or perhaps you prefer to drive out to the country for an evening of stargazing. You may even decide to find a cabin to rent in the middle of the forest for some quiet time. Whatever you decide, activities where you become just another one of the creatures in the forest are great for gaining some extra insight and perspective about yourself.
3. Challenge your body physically.
Summer is an excellent time to get your adrenaline pumping by taking on a new challenge like skydiving, rock climbing or zip-lining. Trying new things—especially if they’re a little scary at first—is a way that we can build confidence in ourselves and help with everyday sobriety. So go ahead and dare yourself to do something spectacularly awesome, even if the thought makes you slightly jittery.
The greatest thing about summertime is the plethora of sober activities you can involve yourself with. While there are many things to look forward to aside from parties and booze, you’re also going to have to take charge to create your own version of fun in the sun.
What are you doing this summer? We’d love to hear! Feel free to sound off on the comments section below.