“I Don’t Feel Ready To Take A Break From Booze.”

“I Don’t Feel Ready To Take A Break From Booze.”

Perhaps you keep thinking about taking a break from alcohol.

Maybe you’ve been dabbling with sobriety, on and off, for a while…

You spend a lot of time worrying about your drinking and contemplating quitting.

But you just don’t feel ready yet.

Somehow, it never feels like quite the right time.

If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. This is exactly how I felt too.

So I wanted to talk about this idea of ‘feeling ready’ in this week’s video.

Key points

Not feeling ready is normal

Taking a break from drinking requires you to do something new and step outside your comfort zone – so your brain will naturally hate that idea. It likes certainty and familiarity. It also wants to protect you from the pain of trying and ‘failing’ at something new.

 

The “I don’t feel ready yet” trap

By telling yourself that you’re not ready, you will subconsciously keep searching for evidence that proves your point. It feels comfortable to say you’re not ready, because you’re not shutting anything down or ruling anything out. Yet months can slip by like this, leaving you in a state of limbo.

 

The big secret…

The key to moving forward is understanding that you’re never going to feel ready. There will always be doubts and there will always be reasons to put this off. But you become ready by taking action. Flip your focus and start thinking about why you are ready to take a break from booze. Why could this be the perfect time?

 

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Why Moderation Is More Restrictive Than Sobriety

Why Moderation Is More Restrictive Than Sobriety

For a long time I didn’t want to quit drinking completely.

The idea of total sobriety felt very restrictive to me.

I was certain that if I could just find a way to control my drinking and “moderate properly”, I’d be happy.

Back then, what I didn’t realise is that moderation is actually more restrictive than quitting completely.

Don’t believe me? I explain all in this week’s video.

Key points

Making assumptions

It makes sense that we assume sobriety is depriving, because it’s about cutting something out. It seems as if moderation offers more freedom and the best of both worlds. However, not only does cutting down rarely work, it actually creates a more restrictive way of life than sobriety does.

 

The moderation fishbowl

Picture yourself inside a fishbowl, but also under the sea. Because you can see through the glass to the rest of the ocean, you don’t recognise that you’re limited by the bowl around you. You think you’ve got the freedom of the ocean… but you haven’t.

 

Why moderation is more restrictive

When you’re trying to moderate, you’re restricted as to how you live your life. You need to make sure you get your fix of alcohol (so you can be “happy”), but then you need to try to control your intake. Your world revolves around when and where you’ll have your next drink, and whether it’s just the one, or two… or more. This isn’t freedom!

 

Just imagine…

What if you could drive home from work, knowing that you don’t need to worry about whether or not you’ve got enough wine in the fridge because you’ve figured out another way to relax? Imagine going on date night and having a great time, no matter what liquid is in your glass. How freeing would that be?

 

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Why You Need An Alcohol-Free Holiday This Year

Why You Need An Alcohol-Free Holiday This Year

This summer feels like it’s going to be the first ‘normal’ one in ages.

Travel is back and holidays are on.

Whether you’re going away for a weekend or a few weeks, it can bring up the same question: “How do I do this… sober?!”

You might be curious, nervous or overwhelmed at the thought of an alcohol-free holiday.

So let me show you why it might be the best break you ever take. 

Key points

The best kind of upgrade

An alcohol-free holiday is better than travelling in business class and better than getting a big, fancy room with a sea view. None of those ‘upgrades’ matter if you’re a bit out of it and can’t really remember it later. Holidays are about memories and experiences… and alcohol interferes with all of that.

 

Can’t picture it? No problem

If you’ve always associated holidays with drinking, it makes sense that you’d rather do what you’ve always done. We can have compassion for our brain (which loves certainty and doing the same thing over and over) whilst still choosing to do something different.

 

Alcohol isn’t the secret to a good trip

Here’s what most people miss: holidays are relaxing in their own right. Reading on a sun lounger is relaxing. Not having to work is relaxing. Being somewhere else, trying out new food, cultures, sightseeing… that is all special and fun in its own right.

 

So many benefits

An alcohol-free holiday will leave you feeling properly rested with crystal-clear memories. And who knows what else you’ll do or discover about yourself? When you ditch alcohol, you free up space for all kinds of adventures and new experiences.

 

Looking for help to create an alcohol-free lifestyle that feels good whether you’re at home or on holiday? Click here for details of my online coaching programme.

 

The Risks You Take When You Drink Too Much

The Risks You Take When You Drink Too Much

I hate being nagged to do stuff.

I don’t want to be guilt tripped, made to feel bad or like I ‘should’ change.

So that probably explains why I’ve been a bit reluctant to share this week’s blog.

I’d much rather inspire, than scare you into quitting drinking.

But… the topic I cover in this week’s video is really important. 

Key points

The risks to you

The risks that alcohol poses to you are so wide-ranging – from the risk to your health, to someone smelling alcohol on you or the risk of driving whilst over the limit. The risk of pretending to remember a conversation, saying something you didn’t mean, of hiding your drinks and being caught out.

 

The risks to others

If you’re drinking several glasses of wine, or a bottle, most nights then over the weeks and the months, that’s a significant portion of the day where you are checked out. If something happens or someone needs you, it’s hard to show up in the way you’d want to.

 

Why not take a risk on sobriety?

What are the risks that you’re taking with alcohol, day in, day out – and are they worth it? Personally, I decided they weren’t. So I decided to take a different type of risk and step out of my comfort zone by taking a break from booze. I’ve never looked back – it was a risk that truly paid off.

 

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Knowing Your Reasons: 3 Tips For Finding Your Why

Knowing Your Reasons: 3 Tips For Finding Your Why

Quick question for you… 

Why do you want to quit drinking or take a break from booze? 

What’s motivating you to do this – or consider it?

You can probably give me a couple of reasons off the top of your head.

But I wonder if there are some other motivators that you haven’t even considered yet?

This week’s video is all about finding your why.

Key points

Finding your why helps you pause

A good why slows you down a bit. It creates a pause before you do something on autopilot. Finding your why won’t magically stop you from drinking, but it opens up a moment for you to think about whether you want to do what you’ve always done – and get the same results – or whether you want to try something different.

 

You can have more than one why

The idea that you need one momentous, noble and powerful why is a myth. We’re in different moods on different days, so you want to mix and match your whys to fit the needs of the moment. You’re entitled to have reasons for quitting drinking that are very personal and that aren’t particularly deep and meaningful.

 

Keep things positive

If your whys are painful to hear, you need to ditch them or reword them. “I want to quit because I’m tired of being such a constant disappointment to everyone” is not a good why. We don’t want to be coming up with whys that make us feel terrible – you cannot self-loathe your way into successful sobriety.

 

Dig a bit deeper

Using the 5 whys technique can help you uncover a why that really resonates. It starts with you asking yourself,  “Why do I want to quit drinking?” and answering, “So I can…” Repeat this five times. For example:

– Why do I want to quit drinking? So I can wake up without a hangover.

– Why do I want to wake up without a hangover? So I can start the day feeling good and feeling rested.

– Why do I want to start the day feeling good and feeling rested? So I can feel more confident at work.

– Why do I want to feel more confident at work? So I can feel respected when I’m talking in meetings.

– Why do I want to feel respected when I’m talking in meetings? So I can start speaking up more and going after what I really want.

I’d love to hear what you uncover – let me know one of your whys in the comments below.

 

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When Wine Becomes Your Best Friend

When Wine Becomes Your Best Friend

“Alcohol has been my best friend for years.”

I saw this comment on one of my blog posts recently and it got me thinking.

There was definitely a time in my life when I thought the same thing.

Wine truly felt like a best friend. When all else failed, there was always booze.

But it was a toxic friendship… and that’s what I’m talking about in this week’s video.

Key points

Alcohol is a terrible best friend

It really doesn’t care about you. It doesn’t have your back. Just think of all the times when you’ve turned to alcohol for comfort and reassurance… and in return, it’s left you feeling anxious and depressed. How often has it stolen your time, energy and memories?

 

Start questioning your relationship

If any of your real life best friends behaved in the way alcohol does, you’d quickly re-evaluate the relationship, right? It’s time to start doing that here. Notice how often you slip into talking alcohol up, even when it’s tearing you down.

 

Friendships change

At some point or another you’ve probably had a real life friendship that came to an end. People change and grow and move on all the time. If you’re reading this, I suspect you might have outgrown alcohol. So perhaps it’s time to find a new best friend: sobriety.

 

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