This podcast is all about sharing positive advice and wisdom for daily life in recovery. In this episode, I’m going to share 7 ways that outdoor activities can support your sobriety.
Getting outside and doing something active isn’t just good for your physical health—it also provides several great benefits for people in recovery. In fact, wilderness therapy is recognized as a beneficial form of therapy by the American Psychological Association. Research studies show that many of these programs provide significant improvements in clients’ overall motivation, life skills, interpersonal relationships, hope, self-confidence, and emotional control.
The best thing about wilderness therapy and outdoor activities is that you don’t have to be enrolled in a rehab program to experience the benefits of spending time outdoors. All you have to do is head outside. Even simple activities like a walk or a bike ride can provide so many physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits that will support your sobriety.
So, if you’re newly sober and looking for ways to enhance your substance-free lifestyle, here are seven specific ways outdoor sober activities can provide support a life in recovery.
#1. Outdoor sober activities provide opportunities for emotional discovery.
#2. Outdoor activities are healing.
#3. Outdoor sober activities improve your attitude.
#4. Outdoor sober activities push you beyond your comfort zone.
#5. Outdoor activities improve communication and your ability to work with others.
#6. Outdoor activities help you develop problem-solving skills.
#7. Outdoor activities are fun.