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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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Bullet Journalling For Mindfulness And Mental Wellbeing

I love colouring things in, making lists and tracking my habits. If you are the same then bullet journalling was made for you! It’s fun, easy and encourages mindfulness and mental wellbeing. Here’s how you do it. Buy an empty journal with a dotted or square grid. I bought one like this from Moleskin. It…

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Granola, Tea and Toner: 3 Easy Ways To Enjoy Rose

Victoria Adams is a nutritional expert, food therapist, facial and body fitness coach and yoga teacher. She is author of “Recipes for Life,” and has worked with her clients, which include Olympic athletes, to address adrenal fatigue and emotional and physical burnout. Here she tells VOC about one of her favourite treats – rose. From…

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Everyday Mindfulness Techniques: Driving Mindfully

As part of Esther The Golden-Doodle’s Lessons in Mindfulness we will be looking at every day techniques for staying mindful. Today it’s driving mindfully. Vroooom! Have you ever driven somewhere and when you arrived at your destination you had absolutely no recollection of the journey? You know you got there safely because you and your…

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A Mindfulness Lesson From Esther The Golden-Doodle

So, I was in my kitchen this morning, trying to meditate but my dog had other ideas. Little did I know that Esther, my golden-doodle was trying to teach me a very valuable lesson in mindfulness! I sat at the island, on a bar stool, my back straight, eyes closed, breathing deeply and evenly, allowing…

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5 Colourful Ways To Bring Joy Into Your Day

It’s sunny, there are snowdrops in my garden and I feel all spring like! So I thought we’d do a bit of colour therapy together. It’s February and although spring feels close, we need colour and we need it now. So, here are 5 colourful ways to bring joy into your day. Buy Cut Flowers…

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A digital supermodel gave me style advice and feminism took a back seat

It’s award season: the Grammys and BAFTAs happened yesterday and the Oscars and the Brits are just around the corner. Celebs ahoy!! Yes, celebrities but also something slightly disturbing: digital supermodels who have clearly never heard of feminism. Scrolling Twitter last night, enjoying red carpet looks and catching up on some mindless gossip, my thumb…

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I Found Happiness On A Plot Of Cotswold Land

Words and pictures by Lara Platman From living in the bustling London community of Shoreditch to finding happiness on a plot of Cotswold land. I look back on the journey to discover how I got here. Another birthday! Every now and then you take stock of your life and reflect on what you have achieved…

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3 Self Help Books To Read Again And Again

From mindfulness and eastern religion to laws of attraction and secrets of success, I used to be something of a self help book addict. But there are some books that I can repeat read and learn something new every time. Here are my 3 self help books to read again and again. The Subtle Art…

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Is Pink Gin The Latest Assault On Women’s Health?

In the last 2 years there has been a dramatic increase in alcoholic drinks specifically aimed at women: ready made cocktails, fruit flavoured beer, skinny wine, low-carb spirits and now, an abundance of pink potions! But with women’s alcohol consumption in the UK at the highest it’s ever been and incidence of liver disease among…

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10 Best Alcohol Free Drinks

I have been on a mission to find VOC’s 10 best alcohol free drinks and because I have some equally adventurous mates I invited them to an evening of mocktail tasting. They declined. … SO I rebranded it “Cocks, Mocks and Frocks!!” and they soon came knocking. They are so childish! (For the avoidance of…

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6 Reasons Life Journals Make You Unhappy

Type ‘life journal’ into a search engine and you will be presented with an array of beautifully bound books, which claim to help you achieve your goals and make your existence more rewarding: Big Life Journal, My Goals, Daily Greatness, Get Your Sh*t Together Journal. But the truth is that life journals make you unhappy.…

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Alcohol Free Party: Hangover Free Sunday!

On Saturday night I hosted dinner for 15 of my lovely family and friends. So that’s 1 large stew, 3 gratin dauphinois, plenty of cake and many, many cans and bottles of drink. The difference? The drink was almost all non-alcoholic. Alcohol free party: hangover free Sunday! When I did my German supermarket shopping last…

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Drinking Wasn’t My Passtime, It Was My Identity. So I Quit!

Right up until the moment I quit I thought I would always be a drinker. I would never give up alcohol. Life was too short to not drink, surely. I saw anyone who abstained as a bit weird, twisted even and certainly not my people. Drinking was my identity: it wasn’t so much something I…

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Dry January Tips Part 3: The Tricky Middle Bit

It’s the 10th day of Dry January and if you are still at it then fan-bloody-tastic! I salute you!! So, here is Dry January Tips Part 3 to get you through the tricky middle bit. We have – juicing for detox; drinking plenty of water and reading a shed load. I have the what, why…

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“Why I Decided To Rethink Alcohol”

Christine is a working mum who made the decision to give up drinking (well almost) following the death of a close friend. She explains more about why and how she does life without alcohol. Why did you rethink alcohol? A friend of mine died of cancer some years ago and although it was never directly…

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Tips For Smashing Dry January (part 2)

Good god, can it already be the end of 2019 week one!? Christmas seems like years ago…Oh stop! Following on from Voice of Calm’s first post of the year 6 Tips To Smash Dry January, here is the next instalment – Tips For Smashing Dry January (part 2). If you are giving up for the month or maybe aiming for a little longer then don’t panic. I have more…

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6 Tips For Smashing Dry January (part 1)

If you are embarking on Dry January then you are among 3 million Brits who are doing the same and it’s an increasingly international activity. It may be your first time ever quitting alcohol or your first time in a long time and you might struggle along the way. Don’t worry, I have 6 great…

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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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How To Find Your Voice Of Calm

We all have an inner Voice of Calm: an unconditionally loving, non-judging, eternally wise voice that has all the answers. Here’s how I discovered mine. When I decided to live happily ever after without alcohol in my life I started to hear voices in my head. My macaw Atticus does sound like a demented old…

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Emily Atack Is Her Awesome Self Without Alcohol

It was so great to see the awesome Emily Atack discuss life in the jungle without alcohol on last nights I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here. She was chatting to Noel Edmunds about her drinking habits. ‘I’m a bit of a boozer on the outside and I thought coming in here without booze…

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Has Dreaming Big Left You Feeling Small?

Has dreaming of big success left you feeling like a constant failure? We have become obsessed with achieving our goals but how is that working out for us? (WARNING: This post contains Miley Cyrus and S-Club-7 lyrics.) So you have a dream and you want it more than anything else in the world. If you were…

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How To Socialise Without Alcohol

If you have given up alcohol or you are just taking a break then socialising will be your biggest challenge. Here’s how to socialise without alcohol. I knew you’d need illustrative photos for this so I teamed up with my best bitch Esther to show you how it’s done.  First Off: How Not To Socialise…

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People Who Live Without Alcohol Aren’t All Recovering

Warning: This post is more of a rant than an article. It’s aimed at the invisible, unspoken pity targeted at those who live without alcohol. Some people, SOME PEOPLE, have made a decision to live without alcohol. Why? Well, maybe they don’t like the taste of it.  Maybe, feeling drunk freaks them out. Or it…

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I Am A Better Mum Without Alcohol

Don’t get your knickers in a twist! I am not saying that people who drink alcohol are bad parents. However, without alcohol I personally feel that I am a better mum. Yes I had always been aware that doing the kids homework with a glass of wine in my hand, cooking dinner with a G+T…

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10 Step Style Guide

You want the dream wardrobe: full of fabulous clothes that are bang in style, feel great but didn’t require a mortgage. It almost sounds too easy! 😉 If, like me, you are an impulsive buyer then you are more likely to have a wardrobe full of crap, 70% of which you haven’t worn for years.…

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What Is Kundalini Yoga?

Before I found Kundalini Yoga this was how I did yoga… Can you name this pose?  Let’s see if I can describe it… Wobbling on one leg, the other stuck out behind at an odd angle, arms reaching forward in a sort of waving for help gesture, neck pulsating, belly saggy and quivering, jaw clenched,…

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Review: Redemption in Notting Hill.

Food: 7/10      Drinks: 9/10      Atmosphere: 8/10     Service: 9/10 I met up with my lovely friend Nadine for an alcohol free, wheat free, dairy free, vegan treat (yes, treat) at Notting Hill’s Redemption. My friend Nadine is a super cool gal I first met in Shoreditch 12 years ago. Our love…

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How My Relationship Loves Sobriety

First off, my husband and I have always had a pretty great relationship but it got even better in sobriety. Mike never drank that much but when I was drinking he drank more because I can be very persuasive and alcohol generally likes company. My sobriety now has both of us opting for a healthy mocktail…

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5 ideas for celebrating sober this festive season.

Today is November 1st which means 2 things: my massive teenage sons both punch me in the arm while shouting ‘pinch, punch, first of the month’, leaving me with a dead arm. Aaaaand, it’s the start of the party season. You may want to cut down your alcohol intake over the Christmas season because you…

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Where will you find happiness? Here and now.

I woke up this morning and looked at yellowing leaves on the trees and suddenly thought, “I feel great! Well done to me. I am nailing winter like a boss!” Then I realised that it’s still October and my heart sank. I started to fret about the dark mornings – I get up at 6.50…

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Voice of Calm’s 3 beauty must haves!

I love, love, love makeup. In a previous life I was probably a make up artist. Or a clown maybe? … So what are my 3 beauty must haves? 1. Neil’s Yard Wild Rose Beauty Balm. Now, just to be clear, this is an oil,  not a cream.  It looks like set honey but smells of…

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