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Ten Top Tips to staying sober through Corona Virus, Covid-19

It’s understandable that some people who have stopped drinking are finding it more challenging to stay sober during the Corona Virus crisis. Here are ten top tips to help you stay strong and motivated if you want to stay successfully and confidently sober.
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FREE resources to help you stay sober during Corona Virus pandemic

I'm offering access to all areas for FREE during the Corona Virus pandemic. That means, when you sign up you get the same as if you'd signed up for the Guidance Membership...

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How I won some self-respect when I stopped drinking

Towards the end of my drinking career, on the days I stuck to my goal of not drinking, my self respect went up, I felt good about myself and my confidence levels were higher. On the days I caved in and drank, my self-respect plummeted. Jo explains how your self-respect returns when you stop drinking.
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How to stay motivated and strong when you stop drinking

Do you ever get frustrated when you hear other people talking about how wonderful life is sober? Do you ever feel impatient and think that it’s just not possible for you? Do you ever allow this feeling to demotivate you? Jo gives you three tips on how to stay strong and motivated when you stop drinking.
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Why stopping drinking was the best decision I ever made

Jo explains the difference that living life sober has made to her life and shares why going sober was the best decision she ever made. She also gives you a tip on how to make getting sober an easier ride.
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How to stay sober over Christmas

Jo gives you six tips to help you stay sober over Christmas and New Year, no matter what invitations, social events or festivities are thrown at you
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Why I prefer my Christmas sober

Jo describes a drunken Christmas from years ago and explains why her Christmases are better sober than they ever were when she was drinking. If you want some inspiration for staying sober this Christmas, this is the blog to read!
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Why looking after your wellbeing helps you to stay sober and how to do it

Jo explains why it's easier to stop drinking and stay sober when you're looking after after your health and wellbeing and gives you some tips on how to do this.
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Tips to stop drinking more easily 5: GIVE

Jo explains why doing good deeds, being kind and contributing to the people, the community and the world around you makes you feel good, improves your well-being, and helps you stay sober more easily.
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Tips to stop drinking more easily 4: KEEP LEARNING

Jo suggests that when you keep learning new things, you make yourself feel good, improve your wellbeing, and can stay sober more easily and (for those of you who like to understand how things work) also explains why.
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Tips to stop drinking more easily 3: TAKE NOTICE

Jo suggests that paying attention to yourself and what's going on around you can improve your health and wellbeing, help you to stop drinking and stay sober more easily and gives you some tips on what to do.
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Tips to stop drinking more easily 2: BE ACTIVE

Jo suggests that being physically active can improve your health and wellbeing, help you to stop drinking and stay sober more easily and explains why, as well as giving some tips on what to do.
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Tips to stop drinking more easily 1: CONNECT

Jo shares the first in a short series of videos explaining how you can improve your overall health and wellbeing when you stop drinking. This one explains the importance of social connections and how to make them.
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My sober holiday

I just returned to Spain after a two-day trip to Tangier in Morocco with my brother.It was such an amazing trip which has given me lots of memories to smile over in the coming weeks. Jo describes how the fun starts when you stop drinking and what it's like being in a place where not drinking is the norm.
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Why I was scared of stopping drinking

Jo describes what terrified her about stopping drinking and how all those fears ended up being unfounded. She explains that fear can lie to you and you don't have to believe what it's telling you about life sober.
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How to stop drinking

Jo gives you some practical tips and advice to help you stop drinking alcohol completely. This is a list of strategies you can use to make stopping drinking and staying sober more easy.
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The empty promises alcohol made me

When I think about my life sober, there is a sea of realisations that wash over me one after another. But one of the biggest and most significant is this: life sober delivers everything that alcohol promised and then denied me. Jo explains how everything you want from alcohol is only attainable without it.
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Here's how to make life easier if you want to stop drinking

So, you’ve decided you want to stop drinking. Or, you’ve recently stopped drinking and want to stay sober. Jo explains that the picture you paint or the story you tell yourself about what living life sober is like is the reality you'll bring to life...
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An easier way...

Jo suggests that the way you think about stopping drinking and living life sober makes a difference to how easy or hard it will be for you and suggests a way of approaching things that makes being sober as easy as riding a bike.
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Get your confidence back when you stop drinking

It's a common misconception among people who have an unhealthy relationship with alcohol that alcohol gives them confidence. The truth is, that over time, alcohol strips you of self-respect, self-esteem and confidence. Jo explains how you rediscover your confidence when you remove the booze from your life.
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What to do about sugar cravings when you stop drinking

When I stopped drinking, I suddenly developed a craving for ice-cream, chocolate and cake. Weird, because I’d never really been into sweet things before. And, it turns out I’m not the only one. It’s a well-reported phenomena that some people find themselves reaching for the sugar when they get sober. Jo explains what you can do if you find that sugar is your new best friend when you get sober.
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Life doesn’t have to be denial and deprivation when you stop drinking

Today I want to share with you some words from a sober blogger – I think some of what she says might make sense to some of you. Some of it struck a chord with me: Jo talks about the importance of believing it's possible to live life happily without alcohol and to willingly choose not to drink.
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Stop drinking and reclaim your self-confidence

Amongst other things, by getting sober, you reclaim your self-confidence.So many people tell me that the biggest surprise about being sober is how much they enjoy socialising: Jo celebrates how much your self confidence returns when you've stopped drinking for long enough
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The power of belief

Having just watched a programme all about the power of belief and how the mind can cure the body, I feel excited because it seems like more research is being done into how powerful a tool the mind is. Jo talks about the power of belief and how you can stop drinking more easily when you harness the power of your mind.
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How do I know if I need to stop drinking?

This is something I get asked all the time, so here is a blog showing you six signs to look out for. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not about the amount or the regularity you’re drinking that’s necessarily the issue - it's more your attitude, approach to and emotions around alcohol...
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How to get comfortable with stopping drinking

You’ve probably heard the expression about how it’s good to “step outside of your comfort zone”. It’s bandied around a lot.Here’s Jo's explanation as to WHY it’s good to get yourself uncomfortable when you stop drinking.
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How to stop drinking in five simple stages

Jo explains the process you go through when you stop drinking and learn to live life sober. Having an understanding of this process gives you more confidence, control and power which all helps you to manage things better and makes it less likely you'll slip up and revert back to old habits.
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Hangover with your full breakfast, madam?

Jo describes how infinitely better a B&B breakfast is when you're sober and can actually enjoy it!
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Why you don't need to be scared of stopping drinking

Jo talks about fear, how it can stop us from taking action and why we don't need to let it. Whatever it is that scares you about stopping drinking or living life alcohol-free, watch this vlog to give yourself some reassurance...

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How to stop drinking by breaking it down

Jo explains how breaking things down into small, manageable chunks helps to make your sober goals more achievable and motivating. You're more likely to feel confident and be successful when you take one small step at a time.
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