How to Overcome Boredom While in Recovery

How to Overcome Boredom While in Recovery

Although a person in recovery is working towards improving their overall quality of life, they may not understand how they should be spending their time as they’re used to being under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Boredom can fuel feelings of temptation which is why learning how to cope with boredom is imperative to their overall progress. Here are some things to be mindful of while dealing with boredom in recovery.

Factors That Perpetuate Boredom:

Boredom is a state of mind. An individual that enjoys spending all day at the public library reading books may bore an individual that would rather watch TV or go for a jog. Here are three factors that promote feelings of boredom:

  • You are physically/mentally incapable of participating in activities that invigorate your body and mind
  • Your perspective of your current situation is negative/problematic
  • You cast blame on others/your environment instead of accepting your situation

Boredom in recovery can be overcome without the need to resort to toxic habits; here are a few ways to cope with boredom:


Practice Mediation

This is probably the most important thing you can do to overcome boredom: find your mediation. Traditional methods of meditation like body scanning, mindfulness, zen, or loving-kindness meditation have been helpful to many in recovery. However, if none of those work for you, find your source of mediation! Mediate by shutting down negative thoughts and focus on yourself. Go for a walk, take a long warm shower, go outside and garden, call a distant relative and eat healthy foods. Do anything that will get you thinking, relaxing and creating.

As you can see there is a multitude of ways to overcome boredom while in recovery. Enjoy being present and take things day-by-day, don’t overanalyze your current situation, don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone to try new things, and discover your meditation. Undertaking even one of the recommendations is paramount to defeating boredom throughout your rehabilitation.


Try New Things

When you’re addicted to a substance, your whole world revolves around the next opportunity to use it.  Addictions are costly and time-consuming, and in recovery, you now have time and money to spend on hobbies and activities that interest you. You may even want to join a club with other people that share the same interests as you.


Be Present

A prevalent quote that seems to resonate with those in recovery is “be where your feet are.” It is so easy to get stuck in your head with memories, negative thoughts, worries and anxieties. Focus on where you are and what you are currently trying to focus on. Whether you’re folding clothes, cooking dinner, or doing the dishes, concentrate on the task at hand and challenge yourself and you may find enjoyment in your everyday tasks.

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “do one thing every day that scares you.” We couldn’t agree anymore. Do something that scares you or puts you outside of your comfort zone. Understandably, entering recovery is one of the physically/mentally toughest things that you can do; therefore, if you can do that, you can do just about anything. Skydiving, joining a club or introducing yourself to a stranger can be intimidating, but if you believe in yourself, you’ll defeat your boredom in no time.

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Aurora’s treatment process is built upon a member-first culture and stands on three pillars that reflect our philosophy toward our members’ recovery: Heal, Connect and Recover.

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