7 Sober Activities to Beat Seasonal Depression


Lots of people find themselves dragging around this time of year due to a case of winter blues. It packs a one-two punch for people who are also trying to maintain their sobriety. Fear not, we're here to help. Read on for more about seasonal depression and our best activities to combat the winter doldrums.

What is SAD?

You may feel sadness during the winter months, but Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a legitimate medical condition. SAD explains why people often struggle with increased levels of depression around this time of year. Because the holidays can exacerbate this condition, it's crucial to avoid overextending yourself-- and always have a strategy (along with an exit plan) for events.

What are some of the best sober activities for winter?

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1. Host a Gathering

Whether it's a potluck dinner party or a holiday soiree, surround yourself with sober friends. Enlist help with food and other tasks so you don't get overwhelmed. Keep the event light and fun as opposed to a source of stress.

2. Bring on the Board Games

Invite a couple of friends over and tell everyone to bring their favorite board game. Play them all within the course of an evening.

3. Get Moving

Go roller skating. Do laser tag. Hit up a bowling alley. There are a plethora of active-- and affordable-- indoor options.

4. Visit the Theater

Maybe you prefer the live action of a play to a movie matinee. Whatever you choose, spend some time appreciating entertainment from a location other than your couch.

5. Spend Quality Time with a Book

Libraries and bookstores are the perfect places to get lost for a day. Flip through travel magazines and dream of exotic locales. Check out a comedic book to get the laughter going. Browse the bestseller list to see what others are into.

6. Start a Service Project

Maybe this involves rallying those in your home group to spread the message at H&I. Or creating care kits for the homeless. Find something that moves you and get out of self.

7. Let it Snow

If you live in a colder climate, play in the snow. Have a snowball fight or build a snowman. Go skiing or ice fishing. And if you won't be seeing snow where you live? Spend some time on a nature walk appreciating the weather you have in your neck of the woods. What are your favorite sober ways to fight back against SAD? Let us know in the comments down below.

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