A Handy Contemplation For Anxiety

A dry Christmas is a challenge and anxiety levels can be at their peak. Hell, a wet Christmas can be full of anxiety so we all need help to get through. The responsibility to make it special, the food to cook, the presents to wrap. It can be overwhelming. It’s a wonderful life (for now)…

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Teenagers At Christmas

It’s now just 3 days before Christmas and I am facing the raw reality of children who are too old for Santa Claus but too young to let go of their stockings. I am dealing with teenagers at Christmas! Split personalities Christmas is everything they are trying not to be. It’s enthusiastic, eager, traditional, family…

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The Mindful Drinker Who Loves Clubbing Without Alcohol

Software tester James Long (30) from Manchester is an avid clubber and sometimes DJ. He spoke to Voice of Calm about why he has drastically cut down his drinking and how he manages to go clubbing without alcohol! Yes, I said, clubbing…WITHOUT ALCOHOL! Tell us about your drinking habits In the past couple of years,…

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Why I won’t moderate my drinking *this one’s heavy

I get asked why I don’t just moderate my drinking instead of giving up, a lot! Well, here you go… One of my least fond childhood memories is my drunk dad throwing up out of the passenger window of our family car and it splashing on my window behind him. I can’t really fluff that…

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Kombucha Class at FOLK with Louise Avery

Last night I journeyed to a new reality. One where I forage for wild hedgerow fruits, brew homemade kombucha and knit my own toilet paper.  Well I made up the last bit but the rest of it is all true. This new reality was in Suffolk at FOLK cafe in Fornham St Martin, near Bury St…

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Make Friends With Your Amazing Body

My body is a separate entity to me. This may seem like a strange thing to say but that is how I see it and it has enabled me to make friends with my body. My mental / spiritual self is me, Liz, and my body is the physical vessel I fill. Like a car…

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British Women Are Among The Heaviest Drinkers In The World

If it was 1997, the fact that British women are among the heaviest drinkers in the world would have me beaming with pride while exclaiming, ‘Get in ladies! GET IN!!’ However it’s 2018 and ladette culture is so last century! So how is it that we are in this completely embarrassing situation?  Micky Flanagan Knows…

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Profile: The Musician Whose Sobriety Is ‘Freedom On Every Level’

Jude Rawlins is a songwriter, guitarist, producer and filmmaker who hasn’t had a drink in 25 years. He explains why his sobriety is freedom on every level. When and why did you stop drinking alcohol? I stopped using drugs and alcohol in December 1993 because they didn’t work for me any more. But I’d have…

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Profile: The Mindful Drinker Who Still Parties All Night!

Jen Johnson is a stay at home mum from Buckinghamshire who loves a good party, even though she is a very mindful drinker! She explains why and how. How much alcohol do you drink? I usually partake in a couple of real ales with my husband Al if we are home at the weekend. It…

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The Alcohol Spell’s Mocktail Essentials

You may consider a cocktail without alcohol to be about as useful as a chocolate teapot and not worth the hassle to make. Wrong. As long as you have these mocktail essentials you’ll soon be sipping your way through a healthy, happy, guilt free night with zero chance of a hangover.  If I’m really honest…

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Profile: The Working Mum Who Said No To Alcohol

Gemma Sandford, a Senior Landscape Architect in New Zealand, stopped drinking 4 years ago. She explains why she decided to quit and how she’s finding life without alcohol. Why did you stop? I realised I needed to stop drinking about 4 years ago. I loved drinking, especially wine, it was my way of relaxing, way…

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Christmas Wreaths And Mocktails

I love crafting! I have many skills – Christmas wreath making however, is not one of them, as you will see. But let’s get our priorities straight. What are we drinking?! Two Mocktails A Virgin Bellini. M&S do this lovely sparkling Apple, Mango and Passion fruit juice, which is lovely but very sweet. Simply add fizzy…

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Don’t Let Your Inner Child Be Your Guide

Happy December 1st! Party season is upon us and it is the most wonderful time of the year. My inner child is singing Christmas carols and woke me at 7am so she could open the 1st door of my Liberty Advent Calender! You have to check this bad boy out!…It’s an advent calender full of…

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