Cognitive Dissonance is a term used to describe the mental discomfort that you feel when you hold two conflicting beliefs or find your actions contradict your beliefs.
For example: Someone can acknowledge that their alcohol drinking has caused problems in their life. Such as missed work or strained relationships with loved ones. However, they continue to justify their drinking behaviour by telling themselves that they need alcohol to cope with stress or anxiety.
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Sobriety generally refers to the state of being sober which is abstaining from drinking alcohol. It is often associated with addiction recovery and can be seen as the opposite of addiction. Sobriety can be a personal goal for individuals who struggle with addiction and can be achieved through various methods such as therapy, support groups, and rehabilitation programs.
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What if you can predict when you’re about to relapse? Can you imagine being able to avoid it before it happens?
There are many red flags that indicate that a relapse may be coming your way. I like to call this the “Pre-lapse Stage”. Triggers and events that lead up to your relapse.
Having a relapse prevention plan means you will be better prepared to prevent a relapse from happening. Here I’ll show you the common triggers and stages that lead to a relapse so you are better prepared.
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If you have to ask yourself “Am I drinking too much” then the answer is probably yes.
I imagine you already feel that your drinking is getting to an unhealthy level and starting to negatively impact parts of your life. If you weren’t concerned about it, would you even be asking yourself this question?
This does not mean you’re an alcoholic or even alcohol dependant. Although it does mean you need to take a look at your drinking, because it’s not making you feel great, right?
Now, what’s too much for one person is not necessarily too much for another. It all comes down to the way your drinking makes you feel.
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What is the Fading Affect Bias?
Simply put the Fading Affect Bias, or FAB as phycologist call it, refers to the way your brain will forget or fade memories associated with unpleasant emotions faster than memories associated with pleasant emotions.
Your brain’s ability to dampen a negative memory over time is a great coping mechanism but it can be a problem for the newly sober. What happens if you need to remember the bad drinking days to avoid relapsing?
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HALT – Are you Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired? If the answer is yes to one or more of these, then your basic needs are being met and you may tend to react emotionally or impulsively to a situation.
HALT is an acronym you can use to help you stop and check in with yourself before you react to a situation or give in to a craving.
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So many people get sugar cravings after quitting alcohol. Why is this? And, what can we do so one addiction does not turn into another?
When you decide to stop drinking you may get sugar cravings, possibly for the first time.
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Dry January is the UK’s one month alcohol-free challenge. After all the excess of Christmas and New Year you may be ready to give up the booze for January also so here are my Dry January tips.
In the past, I have attempted Dry January many times but only managed to stay the course for about two weeks before I would make up an excuse to drink.
Heard of any of these?
“I’ve got a party to go to next week”
“2 weeks is enough time to detox”
“I’ll have a drink tonight and tag an extra day on at the end of the month”
These are all just excuses.
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I have created a 12 day Christmas Countdown filled with yummy recipes, sober inspiration and self care suggestions to keep your sobriety on track this festive season.
You can see my Christmas Countdown on Instagram @sober_thinking but I wanted to share them all here too.
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I may have called this article the Christmas Survival Kit, since we are only 3 weeks away from Christmas. However, the knowledge, strategies and advice I give here will help you conquer any celebration, holiday or family gathering.
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