When you’re newly sober, it can be difficult to imagine summer without parties filled with alcohol, drugs, and celebratory recklessness. Likewise, we live in a society where parties are synonymous with alcohol and it’s easy to internalize the belief that we need substances in order to have fun. Movies and TV shows are ripe with seductively loud and entertaining rooftop parties, pool ragers, and every kind of alcoholic beverage. These images bombard us with the idea that fun stems from alcohol consumption and getting wasted with your friends. Nothing could be further from the truth. Summer is a wonderful time of celebration, warmth, vacations, gorgeous outdoor weather, and friends and it’s possible to engage fully in the glory of summer without a drop of alcohol or raging party. Here are a few ways to enjoy a summer without summer parties.
Get Out in Nature
Summer is when the longest days of the year happen. It’s an exciting time and one that deserves proper reverence. Get out in nature and enjoy the weather. Hike, swim, backpack around your favorite trail, take a dip in the ocean or river, or walk on the beach. The possibilities are endless. Make use of these long, luxurious summer days.
Remember How You Used to Spend Summer as a Kid
As adults, we often turn to drugs and alcohol and forget the pure joy we experienced as children before these substances were apart of our lives. What summer activities did you engage in as a kid? What made you so excited for the bell to ring on the last day of school in June? Recall what made your heart leap as a young kid, whether it was fishing, exploring in the woods, or hanging out on the front porch.
Exercise in Nature
Get your dose of Vitamin D while boosting your overall fitness. Play tennis, go running, do yoga, or play basketball out in the fresh air. Spending lots of time out in nature will boost your mood, increase your joy, and make your summer celebratory and rewarding.
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