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10 Wonderful Benefits Of Living Without Alcohol

When I stopped drinking I thought it would be the end of a way of life and in many ways it was.  But I had no idea that it was the start of something so much better! Whether you’re doing Stoptober, Dry January or you’re knocking the demon drink on the head forever, here’s my…

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COVID 19 Changes Everything – Why Not Your Alcohol Habits?

Current levels of crazy are through the roof! Corona Virus has the globe on lock down and people are panicking. Remember Brexit? Ah, good times!   Anyone who is disposed to boozing might be forgiven for thinking that this is a time for hedonism and f*&k it thinking. Thing is, if you thought that then…

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Should You Do Dry January?

At this time of year most people’s thoughts turn to their weight, their drinking and their New Years resolutions, which invariably involve drinking and eating less. Not surprisingly many more people start Dry January than complete it. That’s because changing any habit is hard. Really hard! And if you don’t consider yourself to be the…

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This 20 Minute Morning Routine Will Make You Happier And More Successful

A bold claim! And I’m not even selling a book or an online course! I just feel really strongly about how powerful a good morning routine is and I know so many people who could do with a little help in keeping their heads above water. So ….. here’s my 20 minute morning routine to make…

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5 Excellent Reasons To Go Sober For October

Before I gave up drinking alcohol I could never understand why anyone would go through a whole month without drinking. If you also struggle with this then here are 5 excellent reasons you should definitely Go Sober For October. Reset your relationship with alcohol They say it takes 21 days to form a habit and…

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How I Gave Up Alcohol, The First Month

If you are a regular Voice of Calm reader then you will know all about my decision to give up alcohol. But today I want to get into the how instead of the why. No, it’s not easy but it’s totally doable and the best thing I’ve ever done. Here’s how I gave up alcohol,…

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You’re not an alcoholic because you drink after 6pm!

I hear you! You’re not a morning drinking, wife beating, park bench sleeping, slurring, stinking alcoholic. And you don’t get the shakes when you haven’t had alcohol for a few hours. You’d never drink during the day and anything after 6pm is fine, right? There’s this very strange notion that the time of day you…

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Feeling overwhelmed? You need a fake hangover!

The only good thing about a hangover is that it forces you to do sweet FA for most of the day. Since I quit drinking I have been super productive. I get so much done these days that I wonder how I achieved anything when I was still drinking alcohol. But occasionally I hit a…

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12 Months Without Alcohol: 12 Things I’ve Learnt

I celebrated my 1 year ‘soberversary’ this weekend and it felt amazing! It has been scary, awesome, impossible, enlightening, limitless, emboldening, celebratory and nuts! So, here are 12 things I have learnt in 12 months without alcohol. I could have done 50 things but I don’t wanna rinse it! 🙂 1. My relationships have been…

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Alcohol Free India: Victoria Adams finds peace in chaotic Rishikesh

Victoria Adams is a yoga teacher and nutritionist who fell in love with India. She tells Voice of Calm why being in the alcohol free environment of Rishikesh heightened her senses to the peace and joy of this chaotic place. Alcohol Free India: Peace Amid Chaos If there’s one thing I’ve learnt about India it’s…

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Your Most Powerful Self Help Tool Is Honesty. Honestly!

You can try solving your problems by asking your friends, your family or your partner’s opinions. Am I a fun person? Do I drink too much? Am I good enough? Do hats suit me? But are you actually looking for honesty or is it reassurance you’re after? If it’s real personal growth you seek then stop…

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Your mind is a puppy: can you make it walk to heel?

At the heart of mindfulness is the belief that we are not our thoughts. Our minds are distinct and separate from our ‘inner self’ or our ‘voice of calm’. We can see the mind as a puppy, which needs to be trained in a non judgmental, loving but firm way. Can you make yours walk…

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What exactly is mindfulness and how do you practice it?

Recently, I keep seeing blog headlines along the lines of ‘mindfulness didn’t work for me’ or ‘mindfulness decreases motivation at work’ or ‘CBD oil will replace mindfulness as the new fad.’ Apart from the fact that the authors are clearly using mindfulness to get clicks, the articles illustrate how misunderstood mindfulness is. So I thought…

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Why You Need A Happy List And How To Write One

The weather is complete shite today – rain, rain and more rain. On a grey day like today I really need a boost – I need my happy list: a short menu of easy, mindful activities I love. Sounds simple doesn’t it. But wait! The art of happiness is in part maintaining our contentment levels day…

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Overcoming Alcohol Triggers And Maintaining My Sobriety

As the novelty of living without alcohol fades and signs of summer appear, I am met with a whole buffet of alcohol triggers. Apparently maintaining my sobriety is going to be tougher than I thought. A couple of weeks ago the weather suddenly went from grey to balmy. It was as if someone had taken…

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5 Baby Steps To Save The Planet: A Dog People Guide

Are you bee people or dog people? One group is busy saving the planet, the other is lying by the fire hoping someone else will do it. Me? Dog People! Let me explain… My mum called me on her way home from London last week, amid a traffic jam caused by environmental protestors.  Mum: Nightmare!…

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Social Media Stress Taught Me How To Build A Happy PR Business

Rochelle White is a PR who started her own agency, Rochelle White PR in 2016. Her clients range from health and beauty brands to lifestyle and alcohol. But it nearly went very wrong. Rochelle tells Voice of Calm how she rescued herself from severe stress to create her thriving PR business and how she keeps…

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Is The Muse 2 Meditation Headband Really That Good?

The short answer to this question is yes, the Muse 2 meditation headband is really that good! For the long answer, keep reading… If you meditate then you will be familiar with this little snippet of internal dialogue… Ohmmm…. deeeep inhale…. long exhale… aaand inhale….. exhale….Calming and soothing breathing, clearing my mind ….. Meditating’s great.…

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Kath Austin On Quitting Clingfilm, Refined Sugar And Her Comfort Zone

Kath Austin, founder of BeeBee Wraps, is the smart, self-possessed, environmentally savvy, mum-boss you need to know. We’re all worried about our plastic usage but how many of us created a new product to replace clingfilm? Well? Me neither. Kath Austin not only cracked down on her own single use plastic habit, she started a…

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BeeBee Wraps: The Organic, Beeswax Alternative To Clingfilm

If like me, you are feeling increasingly guilty over your plastic use then here’s something very simple you can do about it, right now. BeeBee Wraps are wax squares, which keep your food fresh, are reusable and make you feel all eco-friendly! They come in a range of patterns, colours and sizes, which can be…

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From Child Abuse Victim To Inner Child Guru: Meet Penny Parks

Psychotherapist and author Penny Parks is one of the most inspiring women you could ever have the pleasure to meet. Her ground breaking treatment for adult survivors of child abuse, Parks Inner Child Therapy, has helped countless people. However, Penny’s own harrowing experiences of sexual abuse are little known. We are so grateful to Penny…

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Embrace Failure To Master Your Greatest Success

I work with a lot of creative people and without exception the most successful creators I know are those most unafraid of failure. The terrifying spectre of failure can loom over us like the grim reaper, exhaling garlic breath all over our cool ideas. But what if, instead of running from it, we embrace failure?…

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Love Island Is Not To Blame For The Tragic Suicide Of Mike Thalassitis

I feel so desperately sad. As you must know by now, Mike Thalassitis, a 26 year old man from Essex who appeared on ITV’s Love Island 2 years ago was found hanged on Saturday morning. He committed suicide. Twitter is full of accusations today, mostly directed at the TV show who have stated that they…

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Life Can Change At Any Minute: How Cancer Gave Laura Her Best Life

Laura May is a music industry professional who was struck down with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2011. Unsurprisingly it was the toughest experience she’s ever endured but Laura got through it and developed a mindful perspective in the process. We’re so grateful that she spoke to Voice of Calm about cancer, tattoos, change, grated cheese and…

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Relapse every time you quit smoking? You need to change your language…

Smoking is for losers. Fact! Vaping is super weird looking, expensive and probably also bad for you. Opinion! You may be trying to quit your nicotine addiction as we speak or perhaps you already managed the hard part and now you’re worried it won’t last. If you want to avoid relapse within the first year…

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Quitting alcohol made me a better mum (and that was just the start)

Gayle Macdonald gave up alcohol 2 years ago because it had gradually become the most important thing in her life. As a Brit living in Spain she is very much swimming against a tide of overindulgence but quitting alcohol made her a better mum and improved her life on so many levels. We are so…

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6 Incredible Months At Voice Of Calm And A Call To Share

You could have knocked me down with a feather this morning when I realised that Voice of Calm is 6 months old today! Where the heck did that go? I want to take a mo to look back on this little journey so far and then emplore you to share your story too. When I…

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Was My Greatest Teacher

When I awoke one day with a tight stiffness in my toes I thought maybe I’d slept funny. It was as if they had shrunk overnight and my bones were now ill fitting, the available space had changed. When it started to journey north finding my knees and elbows I realised it was time for…

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Andrea’s Super Easy Lemon Drizzle Cake

I love making this super easy lemon drizzle cake because it works every time. The only thing you might want to change is the amount you make because this lot won’t last long! Time: 30 mins Lemon Drizzle Ingredients: 200g caster sugar 90g butter 2 eggs 125ml milk 150g plain flour zest of 1 lemon…

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Working And Parenting? You Need A Self Care Kit

I am a working mother in what feels like an increasingly time demanding world. It can be hard to keep my head above water and only very occasionally do I feel like I just might be on top of my game. I have found that working and parenting demand a decent self care kit! Many…

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Foraging, Flavour and Friendship: Meet Edible Hedgerow

We are massive fans of flavoured tonic here at VOC so we were delighted to meet Dr. Vic Sedman (above left) and Dr. Jen Loxton (above right) who have put together some serious PHD know how and created Edible Hedgerow. Using foraged ingredients from Scotland they have created a range of beautiful, botanical tonics. I…

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5 Easy Mindfulness Hacks For Creative Success

Whether you are writing a script, a report for your boss, creating a piece of art or just planning a party theme, you need your A game. Mindfulness techniques have helped me push past both overwhelm and writers block many times. Here are 5 super easy mindfulness hacks to improve your creativity and stop you…

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10 Minutes Of Yoga A Day To Up Your Energy

It’s Monday, it’s sunny and although it’s only February it feels like May! Don’t mention Beast From The East Part 2. DON’T! I am living in blissful denial and right now I feel super spritely because I am fresh from my yoga mat. So, let me tell you why 10 minutes of yoga a day…

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Saturday Recipe: Vegan Cherry And Fig Cheesecake

Saturday Recipe by Victoria Adams Treat yourself to this delicious vegan cheesecake with a twist. Sweet figs and rich cherries give it a distinctly summery taste and we could all do with a bit of that! For the base 150g dried figs soaked 15 mins in warm water50g Macadamias50g Brazil nuts3 tbsp desiccated coconutpinch of…

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Forget Passion, The Secret To Success Is Finding Your Flow

Do you dream of starting your own business doing something you feel passionate about? Are you doing a job you just about tolerate but you don’t know what you should be doing instead? Maybe you are ready to return to work after years of parenting. Well, don’t get too focused on following your passion because…

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