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How to have fun at the pub when you're not drinking

Jo offers reassurance that you CAN do all of the things you used to do drinking, completely sober, and enjoy them too! It takes time and practice but you too can end up enjoying Sunday afternoons at the pub with nothing but a lime and soda to wet your whistle!
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Life is better sober, even on a miserable Monday

Jo shares her story of feeling miserable on a Monday morning but still getting stuff done! Even when life gets you down, even when you're cold, miserable and depressed, you're still better off sober than adding the misery of hangovers into the mix.
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Socializing sober doesn't have to be difficult

Jo explains why it's becoming easier and easier to feel normal when you're ordering alcohol-free drinks when you're out socializing. You don't have to feel like the odd-one-out when you've stopped drinking...
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How to have a fun bank holiday sober

Jo describes a bank holiday weekend sober and compares it with bank holidays when she was drinking. The sober weekend wins hands down!
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Why you don't need to be scared of socialising sober

Jo describes a typical evening socialising sober with friends and family and compares it with socialising when you're drinking and when you're in the early days of getting sober.
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How to get through social events sober

Jo addresses people's concerns about dealing with social events sober. She gives reassurance that, once you get practiced and confident enough about staying sober, socialising without alcohol becomes natural, normal and FUN. She also gives some tips on what to do to get to that point.
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Why you create more headspace when you stop drinking

Jo explains how drinking takes up headspace and how, when you stop drinking, it frees up your headspace and allows space for other things. It allows you to look after yourself better, take pleasure in the simple things in life and appreciate the world around you more.
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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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See what happens to your mental health when you stop drinking

Using the power of an exhilarating bike ride, Jo explains a bit about the relationship between alcohol and mental health and shares her own story about how her own mental health has improved since she stopped drinking.
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How to get started with stopping drinking

When you first decide you want to stop drinking, it’s normal for there to be a struggle between wanting to stop and having the will-power to see it through. It can seem as if there are two parts of you in conflict, one that wants to stop drinking and one that wants to carry on. Jo gives you a list of things you can do to make it easier to get started with stopping drinking.
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How I got sober inspiration at the pub

Jo describes a recent joyfully sober moment in the pub when she realised how much the tables have turned on her drinking and got a glimpse into just how much she used to manipulate things so she'd get to drink more.
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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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How to frame the living sober picture

In this vlog, Jo explains the importance of shaping what we believe about stopping drinking and living life sober in a way that works for us. When we create a picture of what living sober is like, it's important to make the picture compelling and inviting. How we frame the picture makes a difference...
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Mine's a lime and soda thanks!

Jo retells a story from one of our members about what happened when they were drinking soft drinks at a party. The moral of the story is that what we pay attention to is what we get more of, so we need to pay attention to the event itself instead of worrying about what people might think about our drinking choices
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Why you're better when you're sober

Jo explains how living life sober makes you a better version of yourself by allowing you to give 100% of your energy to whatever you're focusing on. She describes how you do everything better when you're sober!
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There's always a choice even if you can't see one

Jo describes a directionless morning walk and explains how, when you feel trapped or you think you have no choice, you always have more options than you think. When you can identify at least three options you then have choice as opposed to a dilemma and this gives you control.
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How to have a birthday sober

Jo shares stop drinking motivation and inspiration. In this vlog she compares the differences between birthdays when you're drinking unhealthily to birthdays when you're living life happily sober.
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Why you need to build your mind like a muscle

Why you need to build your mind like a muscle

When you first stop drinking, you need to treat your brain like a muscle. You need to exercise and build it so that it chooses your new sober habits as its automatic pilot. Jo explains that practice and repetition is the key to building and flexing this muscle!
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Get sober success by planning your day

If you want to be successfully sober, it pays to put some time and energy into planning your day. Jo explains why setting your intention in advance reaps huge rewards in the early days of stopping drinking.
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Four tips to help you change your drinking habit

Jo shares four tips that help you to stop drinking more easily. By using the right approach to changing your drinking habits, you can make life much easier on yourself.
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How to have a bad day sober

Jo describes having a bad day and gives a bit of a reality check. When you live life sober, life still throws the same crap at you, you just end up handling it better. The bad days sober are still better than the bad days when you're drinking.
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Why you need to nourish yourself when you stop drinking

Jo explains the importance of finding different ways to nourish yourself when you stop drinking and gives some examples of the kinds of things you can do that will keep you strong, focused and motivated.
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Hungover Sundays vs Clear-headed Sundays

Jo describes what Sundays used to be like when she was drinking (the crippling nature of her hangovers) and contrasts this with the joy of Sundays now: hangover-free and full of energy.
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If you want to stop drinking, don't bother trying

Jo explains that trying to stop drinking doesn't work. There needs to be a commitment to doing it or not doing it - "trying" is just an excuse to not bother. As Yoda famously said, "Do or do not. There is no try."
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How you lose the shame when you stop drinking alcohol

Jo describes how a comment in the pub prompted a moment of shame and explains how, the longer you stay sober, the more you become removed from the behaviours, the shame and the guilt that your drinking brought you. And, you pave the way to becoming more of the person you want to be.
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You can do this too!

Jo reassures you that it is possible for you to actually not even desire or want a drink, even when it's being poured and drunk in front of you. You can be surrounded by people drinking and not give it a second thought. As impossible as this might seem when you first stop drinking, with practice and the right mindset, you can do this!
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Why I compare living sober to riding on the back of a motorbike

Jo explains how getting sober can be scary at first and how, when you practise for long enough, and let go of the "what-ifs", you relax into it and it ends up being an exhilarating and enjoyable ride.
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Why did I keep letting alcohol get in the way?

Jo describes having to deal with an unexpected mouse infestation and notices that dealing with what life throws at you is so much easier when you're sober. She describes how alcohol used to get in the way of standard everyday things on her to-do list, let alone unexpected crises!
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Why do I keep drinking when I just want to stop?

There was the time I woke up shivering and fully clothed in the driver’s seat of my car. I was parked outside my house, the sun was rising and I had no idea why I was there or what had happened the night before... Jo explains why we keep reaching for alcohol even though drinking keeps bringing us misery and why we need to figure out the positive intentions behind the drinking so we can stay sober more easily.
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