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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A super easy meditation technique to help procrastinators get sh*t done!

I am a massive procrastinator. I love nothing more than to drink coffee, eat biscuits and plan stuff. Could do it for days! Trouble is, if you actually want to get shit done then this bad habit can really stand in the way of your goals.  I have a super easy meditation technique to help procrastinators…

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Gabrielle Aplin on mental health, creativity and living with ADHD

All hail Gabrielle Aplin for her amazing songs, her breath taking voice and now her openess about ADHD. I have been working with Gabrielle since she first started in music around 8 years ago. We have written songs together and I have engineered on her albums. But this week we decided to do a different…

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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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Hare Krishna: It’s The Voice of Calm Podcast Episode 6!

Ah, Hare Krishna, it’s episode 6 of The Voice of Calm Podcast, how marvellous. This week is all about karma, good intentions, self realisation and, weirdly, Avengers End Game! When I was a kid, growing up in Ipswich, my auntie told me not to take sweets from the ‘Hare Krishnas’ because they had drugs in…

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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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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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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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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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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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