I don’t know about you, but I’ve never met a single person in recovery who said getting sober was easy. It’s hard. It’s like walking-on-a-bed-of-nails-while-your-head-is-on-fire hard. But you’ve put in the work. You’re in recovery. You’re safe and living your life. So, why not make it the most amazing it can be? If you’ve been finding yourself just going through motions and phoning it in, it’s time you spice up your life. Embrace recovery this August by getting out of your comfort zone. You never know just how much you can learn about yourself when you do.
And to make things easier (and more fun), we have compiled a list of things for you to try based on your sign.
## Aries: March 21 – April 19
You’re a true extrovert who enjoys a challenge, but you can also be impatient and a bit temperamental. So, why not find a hobby that embraces your strengths and helps you work on your weaknesses? Activities like martial arts, boxing, or Krav Maga embrace your go-getter attitude, but also require you to be patient and calm. By participating in such structured practices, you become both physically and mentally strong all while having fun. Who knew learning to break wood or flip someone over your back could help you become a more patient person?
## Taurus: April 20 – May 20
You’re down to earth and in-tune with nature, so why not embrace it? Grab your family or close friends and head for a weekend camping trip. Not only is camping fun but it also allows you to reap the healing benefits of nature. Something as simple as birdwatching, hiking, or even making s’mores outdoors could be all you need to recharge your life.
## Gemini: May 21 – June 20
You’re a complex character — intelligent but indecisive, charismatic but guarded, adaptable but restless. There’s not much you won’t try, but you lose interest easily, which can make it a challenge for you to find the perfect hobby. So, why not try different things every month? Apps like ClassPass – which lets you sign up for different fitness classes – and Groupon – which offers you discounted rates for activities in your community – can be great tools for you. Keep your brain stimulated and your interests piqued by switching things up often – try a cooking class, go to a writing seminar, listed to a TED talk, try an open mic night. There are many sides to you. Go explore them!
## Cancer: June 21 – July 22
You’re in touch with your emotions, and while some may see you as a shy introvert, you know the importance of being comfortable spending time alone. Solitary projects are the perfect way for you to relax and unwind after a hectic day. So, next time you are feeling overwhelmed, try doing crafts, writing, scrapbooking, or even cooking. If you want to truly embrace your sensitive and nurturing side, you can spend your time doing something for others, such as making cards for sick kids in the hospital, baking cookies for your family, or writing a letter to an old friend.
## Leo: July 23 – August 22
Your sign is synonymous with confidence and charisma, and everyone knows it. You’re outgoing and love being surrounded by others. Embrace that love for connection by giving back to others. Whether it’s sharing your story at meetings, volunteering at a local non-profit, or mentoring youth, using your voice to inspire others could provide you with the sense of purpose and direction you are looking for.
## Virgo: August 23 – September 22
You’re analytical and detail-oriented. You appreciate a routine, and your idea of relaxing is often organizing your home and checking off items from your to-do list. But that doesn’t mean you can’t use your love for order to try something fun. Activities like gardening, learning a language, and crocheting allow you to tap into your intellectual side while having fun.
## Libra: September 23 – October 22
If there’s something you appreciate, it’s harmony. So, what better way to ensure that your life is balanced than by doing some personal inventory? Is there anything that you have put on the back burner? If so, how can you address it? If you haven’t been focusing on your health lately, try taking up biking, jogging, or hiking. By exercising outdoors, you simultaneously improve your physical and mental well-being. If you haven’t been keeping in touch with loved ones, reach out. After all, being social is a big part of who you are. Take an honest look at what areas of your life you can improve. You’d be surprised what something as simple as making time to listen to your favorite music or read your favorite book can do for your overall attitude towards life.
## Scorpio: October 23 – November 21
You’re competitive, passionate, and always looking for ways to grow. And while being ambitious is a good thing, becoming obsessed with success is not. A great way to channel your competitive nature in a healthy and creative way is to try activities where winning isn’t as important as the journey. Try going to a murder mystery and dinner theater or an escape room challenge. You will get to use your intelligence and wit to solve the crime or escape the room, but even if you’re not successful, you will realize that simply being a part of the game is fun. And you may even realize that you don’t always have to win, allowing you to let go of some the pressure to always be perfect.
## Sagittarius: November 22 – December 21
You’re a free spirit who loves adventure. So, it is no surprise that travel is the perfect activity for you. Whether it is rediscovering your home town, getting to know every inch of your city, or exploring a faraway land, nothing brings you more joy than immersing yourself in the unknown. Embrace the sense of wanderlust within and set out on your next adventure. Can’t travel right now? Then visit your local museums, try local food, go watch a play, or spend the day at an outdoor concert. There’s plenty to experience around you.
## Capricorn: November 22 – December 21
You work hard, but you also appreciate downtime, especially if it’s away from crowds. You have a tendency to isolate yourself and keep your emotions hidden, which is why activities such as yoga and meditation are great for you. These wellness practices provide you with the alone time you desire as well as the opportunity to address your feelings and emotions. Other activities for you to try are creative writing, painting, and learning to play a musical instrument. Finding the right outlet for your emotions is key to your overall well-being and happiness.
## Aquarius: January 20 – Feb 18
You’re a social butterfly who thrives as part of a team. Look for group activities in your area that you can join. From running clubs to book clubs, there are groups for every interest imaginable. If advocacy and work in the community is more your speed, look at how you can get involved in local organizations. Can’t find anyone advocating for your cause? Start a group yourself! Combining your passions with your love for meeting new people could be the start of something great.
## Pisces: February 19 – March 20
You’re very in touch with your emotions and highly empathetic, and while that makes you kind and caring, it can also leave you emotionally drained. When looking for a new hobby or new activity to try, focus on those that can double as self-care, such as going to get a massage or a facial. Want to embrace your creative side while healing emotionally? Try a painting class, take music lessons, or even attend a dance class. Remember, taking care of yourself is just as important as taking care of others. And there’s no reason why you can’t have fun doing it.
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