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How to Tell a Friend You Need Space in Sobriety

Uncategorized Jul 12, 2021

How to Tell a Friend You Need Space in Sobriety.

 

Each person experiences different, unique feelings during recovery and will require different levels of support. 

There will be times when you’ll need extra love and moments when you need space. The people around you will want to support you as much as possible, but you have a right to ask for space whenever you need it. 

Today we’re going to chat about how to ask for some breathing room! 

Reasons you might need space.

There are a few different ways you could need space. You might have too many people trying to feed you advice, and even though it’s coming from a good place, that can get overwhelming! 

Or, you could be facing judgment in a negative way from friends or family. Maybe they don’t fully understand your decision and are having trouble adjusting. Whether you’re facing a positive or negative overwhelm, you might need a break

Overwhelm can also come from too...

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How to Quit Drinking When Your Partner Isn't Sober

Uncategorized Jul 03, 2021

How to Quit Drinking When Your Partner Isn't Sober.

 

Deciding that you’re ready to give up alcohol is a brave choice! I’m willing to bet that you’re tired of hangovers and drunk arguments. If you’re not careful, alcohol can put a huuuuge strain on any relationship. 

When they say drinking alcohol is like pouring gasoline on your anxiety, which goes for relationships. People often say things they don’t mean and end up being more hurtful than helpful. 

Today, I want to talk about sticking to your *sober* guns.

Even though you’re in a relationship, you’re still an individual. You’ve got to do what’s right for you, your body, and your mind. 

Make sure they understand your reasoning.

To get your partner on board with your choice, you’ll need to help them understand your reasoning. They likely already know your feelings toward alcohol, but having a genuine conversation will be key. 

Now, let me be clear...

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5 Ways to Naturally Heal Your Body In Sobriety

Uncategorized Jun 10, 2021

5 Ways to Naturally Heal Your Body In Sobriety.

 

 

  • Make sleep a priority.

 Have you used alcohol to sleep? Or had crazy sleep patterns from binge drinking? Believe it or not, alcohol actually disrupts healthy sleep patterns. So, while it might make you feel drowsy, it’s still not doing the job. Luckily, you can turn this around! By cutting out alcohol, you can improve your sleep cycle. 

Here’s how - develop a routine and stick to it. There are so many tricks to help your body wind down and get to sleep. For example - reading, herbal tea, calming music, meditation, journaling, etc. Find something that works for YOU! 

Try this nighttime GOLD tea from Organifi to ease you right into sweet dreams! They use high-quality, great-tasting ingredients. This tea is perfect for bedtime or when you need to hit the pause button. 

It may take time to nail down your perfect sleep routine, but once you do, stick to it! Over time, you’ll adjust to...

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How to go on a Sober Vacation-relax, recharge, and avoid triggers

Uncategorized Jun 04, 2021

How to go on a sober vacay - relax, recharge, and avoid triggers.

Going on vacation after a year-long lockdown seems wild, but then add in the fact that you’ve gone alcohol-free. Your view on “vacation” has probably done a complete 180. 

That’s okay! Today, we will chat about how to handle those changes and still have the vacation of your dreams - even if it’s in your own backyard. 

Alcohol marketers would have you believe that binge drinking is a must on vacation. 

But when we break it down, that is total nonsense. 

Think about it - why do you go on vacation? 

Probably because:

  • You need a break from chaotic work life
  • You need to hit the reset button on your mental health
  • You’re searching for peace, tranquility, and quality time with family and friends. 

To do those things, alcohol is not necessary! In fact, downing drinks will hinder you from achieving those vacation goals. 

When you come home, you want to...

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How to throw an Alcohol-Free Summer Party!

Uncategorized Jun 02, 2021

How to Throw an Alcohol-Free Summer Party! 

 

Summer is officially here, and after a very long 12+ months of being stuck inside, I’m ready to party! Sunshine, tasty drinks, grilled food, and close friends - I’m here for all of it. 

Now, you might be wondering how to do this while staying sober. I hear you! 

There are a few things going on when we talk about creating a safe environment for socializing this summer. 

  1. By hosting your own event, you can avoid triggers and stay in control. Today, I’ll talk about how to do just that. 
  2. Because we’ve been inside for so long, our social skills need some dusting off. I’ll also discuss how you can put your social anxiety worries at ease. 

Just because you’re living an alcohol-free life doesn’t mean that you have to sit around and drink water by yourself. Hell no. 

Summer parties are for sober people too. 

Some of the most vibrant and fun people I know are...

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5 Ways To Quit Drinking Without AA

Uncategorized May 27, 2021

There’s this awesome trend going around the internet called sober curiosity. More and more women and men are looking at the way they consume alcohol and are wondering if it’d be better to just NOT. And for good reason, there’s loads of perks to going sober and loads of disadvantages to regular drinking. 

Thinking about getting sober and being sober curious is one of the first steps to getting clean. Then comes the research and wondering if you have to join AA to quit drinking successfully.

But truth be told,
AA is not for everyone. Don’t get me wrong, there are great advantages to joining the free Alcoholics Anonymous program, like accountability and tried and true steps. But, if you’re looking to go sober more quietly, there is help out there for you, too!

If you’ve tried AA before and it didn’t work for you, there’s still hope to get clean and sober.

Let’s dig into some ways you can quit drinking without AA.

 

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5 Signs You Are A High-Functioning Alcoholic

Uncategorized May 13, 2021

Is drinking after work every night really considered being an alcoholic? Do you find yourself having too much to drink after you told yourself you’d only have one? Or do you truly have a healthy relationship with alcohol?

It can be hard to draw the line between drinking too much and not. And that’s where we find ourselves starting to become a little curious about this sober thing.

Are you ready to dig your claws into your drinking habits and uncover the dirt on your own relationship with high-functioning alcoholism?

What is a high-functioning alcoholic anyway?

Okay, okay, so it’s now officially called “alcohol use disorder,” you’ll still hear a lot of people talking about “alcoholism” or “alcohol abuse.” It's a condition that ranges from mild to moderate to severe. And it’s all still problem drinking, even if you think it's “mild.”


Alcohol use disorder comes in many shapes and sizes, but the main thing...

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70 MOCKTAILS & NON-ALCOHOLIC DRINKS

mocktails Apr 03, 2021

Look, I’ve been eyeballing a lot of crazy drinks lately. Specifically non-alcoholic mocktail drinks! If you get my emails, you've seen some of the awesome mocktails I've been sharing and daring you to try!

They are so fun and taste amazing for a sunny or a rainy day! If you’re looking for something refreshing to wet your whistle this summer, here’s a huge list of drinks you can try right in your own kitchen!


SUMMER FAVORITES 

    1. FRESH STRAWBERRY LEMONADE 
    2. PINEAPPLE LEMONADE
    3. MINT + LIME SLUSHY 
    4. SPARKLING PINEAPPLE PUNCH
    5. PINEAPPLE HIBISCUS TEA 
    6. HOMEMADE CHERRY SLUSHY 
    7. ORANGE JULIUS 
    8. RASPBERRY MANGO SLUSHY 
    9. FRESH MINT LEMONADE
    10. BRAZILLIAN LIMEADE 
    11. PEACH LEMONADE 
    12. MANGO LEMONADE 
    13. WATERMELON BREEZE 
    14. BLUEBERRY LEMONADE
    15. BLACKBERRY LEMONADE SPRITZER
    16. ORANGE CRANBERRY SPRITZER 
    17. SONIC COPYCAT CHERRY LIMEADE 
    18. COPYCAT STARBUCKS PASSION TEA LEMONADE 
    19. ICED COFFEE 
    20. COPYCAT STARBUCKS PINK DRINK 
    21. ...
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15 Things To Do Instead of Drinking Alcohol +Free Calendar

Uncategorized Apr 03, 2021

Whether you’re newly sober, sober curious, or been at this whole sober thing for a while now, sometimes you find yourself just plain bored without alcohol filling in the gaps. Instead of thinking about drinking again, I’ve got the perfect list of things to do instead of having a drink filled with regret.

I dare you to try everything on this list! Find the one that brings you the most joy and repeat!

    1. Go for a walk
      Exercise is super important in early recovery, but it’s also an easy way to feel great in a jiffy! Grab a friend, your dog, or enjoy the outdoors by yourself and just get walking.
    2. Journal
      Starting a sobriety journal is pretty common and I highly recommend it to get through the tough days! Some ideas to get you started: gratitude list, perfect morning routine, triggers
    3. Meditate
      Meditation is one of my top tips for staying sober over the last 8 years. It’s one of the best ways to get inside your own head and become the master of your thoughts.
    4. Try a...
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My Favorite Non-Alcoholic Beer

Uncategorized Dec 06, 2020

I get asked a lot if I support Mocktails and Non-Alcoholic Beers and if I drink them. 

The answer and YES and YES.

I believe you have to figure out if drinking NA's and Mocktails is something you can handle. I was told my first year of my Sobriety I shouldn't drink NA beer because it would cause me to relapse, and I'm still sober for 8.5 years. 

I enjoyed them if I went out and was social, and I found no harm in them for ME.

Now you are maybe a different and Non Alcoholic beer, and Mocktails can trigger you, and if they don't drink them, only you can decide!

My most favorite Non-Alcoholic Beer is WellBeing Brewing.

I'm obsessed with the Coffee Cream Brew and their CBD water. 

Check them out and receive your discount with code SOBERVIBES10 at checkout.

When it comes to the road of Sobriety and Recovery, you must find what works for you!

 

Want to figure out your Sobriety Triggers? Take my quiz!

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