Reset Your Sobriety Journey: Why Mid-Year Is The Perfect Time
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by Kate Bee
2w ago
I can hardly believe it, but in just a few days’ time we’ll be halfway through 2024! Whether your year is going great or you could do with a bit of reboot, now is the perfect time to pause and reflect. Because the fact is, there are still six months left of the year and so much can happen in that time… including restarting your sobriety journey. If you need a pep talk to get back on track or a reminder that all is not lost, I hope this video will be just the boost you need. Key points: Why this is a great time to reflect and reset Some people begin the year with something like Dry January, b ..read more
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How Does Alcohol Affect Anxiety?
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by Kate Bee
1M ago
If you’ve ever struggled with anxiety, you’ll know the feeling of relief that comes from opening a bottle at the end of the day. As you sit there, glass in hand, it can really seem as if alcohol helps you unwind. It seems as if booze is melting that anxiety and tension away. But what if that wasn’t really the case? What if alcohol is actually making your anxiety WORSE overall… or perhaps even creating it to begin with? Let’s talk about this important topic. Key points: The trap you get into when drinking to relieve anxiety Studies show that consuming alcohol regularly can significantly wors ..read more
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Is Social Media Sabotaging Your Sobriety?
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by Kate Bee
1M ago
Have you ever noticed that whenever you’re trying to be good and not drink, social media suddenly seems full of boozy pictures? Your best friend is posting pretty pictures of cocktails… Someone else is sharing wine o’clock memes… And don’t get me started on the adverts for booze! So – is it possible to use social media and NOT feel triggered by it? I think so. And I have some practical tips to share in this week’s blog. Key points: Social media is part of life for many of us I’m going to assume you don’t want to come off social media completely. I get it – it’s part of life for many of u ..read more
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The Shame Of Needing Help To Quit Drinking
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by Kate Bee
1M ago
“I should be able to quit drinking on my own. I’m ashamed of my drinking and ashamed that I can’t get my act together and stop this.” This email landed in my inbox over the weekend and reading it took me right back to my drinking days. Back then, the fact that I was drinking so much and couldn’t figure out how to stop felt awful. I was so ashamed. And because shame is a horrible feeling, it was never long before I’d be opening a bottle to escape and bury my head in the sand. Can you relate? This week’s video is the pep talk I so badly needed to hear on this topic years ago… so my hope is th ..read more
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“I Need A Holiday To Recover From My Boozy Holiday!”
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by Kate Bee
1M ago
Picture the scene: you’re boarding the plane to fly home after a trip away somewhere sunny… You’re tanned, but you feel terrible. Days of back-to-back drinking have taken their toll… and you’re glad to be heading home to recover. If you’ve ever regretted drinking on vacation – yet you can’t picture being sober on holiday – there’s something you need to know… Key points: The cost of a boozy holiday Alcohol interrupts your sleep and makes you bloated and dehydrated. It’s unlikely you’ll fly back home feeling rested and recharged if you’ve been on a boozy holiday, drinking from lunchtime each d ..read more
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Anne Hathaway’s Sobriety And “Having A Problem”
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by Kate Bee
2M ago
I love it when famous people talk about sobriety and why they choose to be alcohol free. (So many red-carpet celebs don’t drink alcohol nowadays, it’s incredible.) The actress Anne Hathaway has shared that she’s now five years sober. Her milestone was met positively by many – but some people responded in a way that had me rolling my eyes. Let’s talk about whether someone needs to “have a problem with alcohol” in order to stop… and what YOU need to focus on here to keep your head in the right place! Key points: Anne Hathaway on why she’s sober: “The way I drink leads me to have hangovers. My ..read more
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How Are You Describing Sobriety? Why Your Words Matter
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by Kate Bee
2M ago
How do you talk to yourself about sobriety? Exactly what words and phrases do you use? The language you choose is important, because it sends a subconscious message to your brain about what alcohol-free living is like. Our words matter. They can set us up for success or struggle… so let’s make sure your head is filled with the good stuff. Check out this week’s video to learn more. Key points: Language matters Here are some examples of words and phrases that won’t support your sobriety: “I need to get back on the straight and narrow.” “I must start being good again.” “I’m going to knuckle d ..read more
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Why These Common But Terrible Tips Won’t Help You Quit
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by Kate Bee
3M ago
Would you like some bad advice on how to quit drinking? How about some slightly patronising tips that won’t work for more than a day or two? When it comes to sobriety there are a lot of common but overly simplistic strategies floating around. I’m highlighting what they are so you can be aware of them – and stop blaming yourself when they don’t work… Key points: Examples of overly simplistic “tips” – “Just don’t buy wine when you’re at the supermarket. – “Don’t keep alcohol in the house.” – “Keep yourself busy at wine o’clock.” – “Don’t spend time with people who drink.” – “Always voluntee ..read more
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Lessons In Sobriety From Kate Middleton’s Cancer News
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by Kate Bee
3M ago
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard the news that Kate Middleton, the Princess of Wales, has cancer. It brings to an end weeks of wild online speculation about her. But what does all that have to do with alcohol-free living? Well, quite a lot actually. There are some key takeaways for all of us here and I explain what they are in this week’s blog. Key points We never know what’s really going on in someone else’s life Kate Middleton’s surprising news – after weeks of scrutiny  – is a reminder that whilst we might think we know what’s going on in someone else’s l ..read more
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Drunken Mistakes And Cringey, Awkward Moments
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by Kate Bee
4M ago
Have you ever done something stupid when you’ve been drinking… a drunken mistake that’s left you cringing for weeks? Yeah, me too. But we don’t often talk about this stuff. The awkward, embarrassing and shameful things that happen… And yet it can be a huge relief to hear other people’s stories and know you’re not alone. Which is why I’m sharing some anonymous, cringey confessions this week… Confessions from Sober School graduates: Christina “I got asked to leave my little brother’s wedding. I was a drunken mess before dinner had even ended and then fell over on the dance floor. Both our pare ..read more
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