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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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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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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Food Therapy with Victoria Adams: comfort eating and how to stop it

Victoria Adams is a food therapist, yoga instructor and good friend of Voice Of Calm. You can read her granola recipes here and her amazing piece on India here. But this week she gave me some food therapy: how to cut the crap out of my diet by using a technique called ‘Crowding In.’ She explains how it…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Watch your language! It could save your life.

I love listening in on other people’s conversations. Because I’m rude and inappropriate like that. I do it covertly in coffee shops where I write, eeking out a large Americano, allowing myself to be distracted by all the chat. Office gossip, family feuds, medical mysteries and whispered arguments between couples. But more than the subject…

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