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My TOP Tip to Help You CHANGE Your DRINKING Long After Dry January….

My TOP Tip to Help You CHANGE Your DRINKING Long After Dry January….

Hello lovely….I hope your Christmas and New Year was peaceful and loving, and I hope your drinking wasn’t what you and your family will remember most….and not for good reasons…….

Now, as you move into January, and ‘normal’ life settles back in, how is your ‘New Year, New You’ mantra sounding to you?

And how are you FEELING about not only smashing Dry January, but changing your drinking for the rest of the year, for LIFE?

If you are doing Dry January, well done you!  Yyou are probably already feeling prouder and better, physically and emotionally – its amazing how quickly you perk up isn’t it?

Maybe you are already feeling more energized, sleeping better, less bloated, skin looking better- and right now, in the early days, you may well be feeling very hopeful that this time you have got it…..but as the month wears on,  the memories of other Dry January’s resurface, when you also felt hopeful and then inexplicably slid back in your old drinking patterns as the year wore on…..

You know at the very core of you that you want to make changes, and not just for January.

You know that you want to drink less consistently, to not feel out of control, and yet to still enjoy a social drink.  You know you want to feel better, look better, ACT better…you know deep within you that your drinking isn’t who you are, you just don’t quite understand how to stay in the sober space when it is your heart’s desire……your heart’s desire to be the mother/partner/hell, even the dog owner, you and your loves deserve, and yet there is also a creeping feeling of ‘loss’ at the thought of changing the very thing you do, drink, that you know takes you further from YOU.

What on earth is going on?

The truth is, once Dry Jan is done and dusted, a yearly box so proudly ticked off, you don’t just start drinking again…..the actual drinking process starts when your THINKING have start to slip back on their well worn track of you having to control or deny yourself a drink….these thoughts take a great deal of fearful energy, which creates the feelings of anxiety and deprivation around what you perceive you will miss from alcohol.

Does that make sense?

However, if you weren’t buying into your alcohol THINKING you wouldn’t be creating any anxious FEELINGS.

Everything you do is through a process of Think, Feel, Re-Act – re-acting being the drowning the woman you love in alcohol.

Your drinking always, always, ALWAYS starts not with the first glass, but with the THINKING that creates the FEELINGS that result in the first glass to COMFORT those FEELINGS…and on to the second, and on to the daily bottle.  This is the simple, always and forever TRUTH.

To give you an insight into how easy it is to let go of both the THOUGHTS and FEELINGS, that take you to drink, the feelings you misidentify as alcohol ‘cravings’, in one effortless step,  here’s one of my easiest, and instant relief from alcohol cravings, LIFE Recovery Coach Tips

Notice the FEELINGS that come up, starting in your gut (they always start there), of fear, anxiety, around alcohol.  This is the ONLY indication you need that your THINKING has slipped.

Next shift your awareness on to your THINKING  – again, your thoughts are the creator of those feelings, NOT ALCOHOL

Notice WHO YOU ARE when these lower THOUGHTS come up maybe you are tired, low, lonely, anxious about work/relationships, only you know. 

And then use this oh, so, simple technique to let both the THOUGHTS and FEELINGS go, without even attempting to address/understand/rationalise anything to do with ALCOHOL.

  • Create a PAUSE by,
  • Changing your BREATHING
  • INHALE through your nose for 5
  • EXHALE through your mouth for 7
  • Increase to an INHALE for 7
  • EXHALE for 11

Do this for just 2 minutes and your alcohol cravings will simply disappear.  I promise you, and if you have to do it 5 times in one hour, DO IT!

You are going to breath anyway, so CHOOSE the way you breathe…..It is as simple as that. 

My clients enjoy huge success, through my uniquely simple and empowering 6 week Rapid Alcohol Recovery Method coaching process.  Most  clients who follow the process, make the biggest change from WEEK ONE.

A number of my clients have spent at least one term in Rehab and struggled in the ‘real’ world.

Other clients have come feeling that they felt they were close to losing everything and some who just didn’t want to drink / eat, on a daily basis, in a way they don’t like.

All of them, when they trust the process (me) and work the simple tools (you), have found the balance they desired and deserve.  It will be the same for you too.

It doesn’t matter where you are now, or how long you have been struggling with your drinking, the peaceful way to LETTING GO  is within you all the time. 

If 2022 is YOUR time to put YOU first, to stop doing what you have always done (and getting the same sadder result), and to end your painful drinking struggle for LIFE, Contact me today.

Be kind and gentle with yourself

Sonia x

PS. If you would like to understand more about my journey from 28 years of alcoholism, to peaceful freedom, take a look at my internationally acclaimed book, This Isn’t Me (click on the link HERE), reviewed by Ranvir Singh of Good Morning Britain as “Beautiful & devastating”, wrote it for my son, as an apology for his younger years, and as an attempt to explain the un-explainable.

Christmas Time Mistletoe and Wine….& Will it be Hangovers & Tears Again too?

Christmas Time Mistletoe and Wine….& Will it be Hangovers & Tears Again too?

Hello lovely, its almost here……..

It’s almost the ‘season to be jolly’, the shops are full of Christmas cheer, and the countdown begins…..You want this to be the BEST Christmas, in exactly the same way you want every Christmas to be the BEST…..

And you know that as well as buying gifts, extra food, putting the tree, and the decorations up, you need, you MUST get a handle on your drinking…..

Because you remember last year, and the year before drink fest and all the stress, strain, exhaustion and pain that came with it, as well as maybe remembering the one year you didn’t drink and the pride, happiness and joy that came with that.

You know that changing your drinking will change your life….you may not know how much, but you know, completely, that life will be better if you weren’t ‘controlled’ by alcohol, and so you start to create a plan that will at the very least allow you to limit your drinking….because stopping seems a step to far…..

So, what is your new drinking plan?  Specifically? 

What have you decided to do differently this time?

And it has to be different, as the same old plan, brings the same old results, feeling a failure as you hide our wine glass and down the mints to hide your breath…..It can’t just have been me…..

Here’s the 3 keys you MUST have to create a successful plan……and none of them are about alcohol….

  • What new AWARENESS’S do you have, not around alcohol – that doesn’t change – but about YOU?
  • What new INSIGHTS do you have that have given you a sigh of relief because of what you now know?
  • What new self-loving, effortless STRATEGIES to take you out of any stress of fear around alcohol, do you have ready for immediate use?

If you don’t have ALL of the above, with a structure and process that breathes with your life, darling, you don’t have a plan that will work.

If you don’t have ALL of the above, changing your drinking will be at best a ‘hit and miss’ exercise, with the emphasis firmly on the ‘miss’.

It is not enough to try harder, to try to be stronger, to use more willpower, to try to distract yourself in the hope that your drinking will change.  You may have some success, but sadly it will not, cannot last.

You can’t spend your life in vigilance around the ‘demon drink’, especially around the holiday seasons where so much more is expected of you (even if it’s just by you), when your self-care goes out the window, and self-neglect comes to stay……

The sad and simple truth is that you drink in a way you don’t like to offer yourself comfort, and the more exhausted, overwhelmed, under nourished you are, the greater your need for comfort… so following the dots…you are ultimately trying to be vigilant around not offering yourself comfort.

And so you drink more, not less……Another sad truth

However, I have a completely new process to changing your drinking, the unique Rapid Alcohol Recovery Method….it is how I am simply sober, in peace and ease after 28 years of alcohol struggle, and it is how my clients, the ones who have surrendered because they recognise that what they are doing to try to change their drinking has not /will not/CANNOT work…..and looked for something new, also have a peace and freedom around alcohol they didn’t believe was possible.

It is a 6 week process, and in less than 3 weeks, your drinking will change for life when you stop focussing on alcohol, and start to understand that the ONLY place your drinking struggle lies is in the BELIEF that it brings you comfort.

That BELIEF is why you feel fear, anxiety, missing out….NOT alcohol.

This Christmas could be your first in control of your drinking, or not drinking at all…..is there a greater gift you can give to yourself or your family?…..There hasn’t been to mine…

I have 3 spaces for December, and plenty of time for you to sign up and easily step back into who you truly are, wonderful, loving, kind, joyful…..YOU.

Contact me HERE to book a complimentary call

And always and forever, be very kind and gentle with YOU.

Sonia xx

PS. Here’s a client Testimonial from THIS WEEK

“One session in and I have had 2 glasses of wine that I choose to drink. 2 glasses lasted me all evening. I sipped them and I never sip wine! Other than that, no alcohol at all. I have no words. Thank you Sonia”

PPS. If you would like to understand more about my journey from 28 years of alcoholism, to peaceful freedom, take a look at my internationally acclaimed book, This Isn’t Me (click on the link HERE), reviewed by Ranvir Singh of Good Morning Britain as “Beautiful & devastating”, wrote it for my son, as an apology for his younger years, and as an attempt to explain the un-explainable.

The ONE Question You Need to Ask to Change Your Drinking!

The ONE Question You Need to Ask to Change Your Drinking!

Hello lovely, how is your week going?

Are you living in your present moment, (the only time you ever truly have), or is the energy you have to live your life of freedom from your drinking struggle, in the love and peace you deserve, divided between memories of your past and fears for your future?

Here’s the TRUTH of your problem drinking.

  • You drink to COMFORT yourself
  • To ease your PAIN of yesterday
  • To ease your ANXIETIES of the future
  • To BOOST you UP
  • To CALM you DOWN – and so your list goes on……..

And you hate the lack of control you seem to have around your drinking, and try (again) to change it.

And it makes sense that because you hate the results of your drinking, that’s where you focus your ‘change’ on starting, because you know, alcohol is the ‘problem’

But it isn’t! The intention behind your drinking is always, always to take you out of pain and into peace.

The results of your drinking is, well you know this, a mountain of pain, shame and despair.

Your daily struggle with alcohol is the conflict between the intention (feelings) and the knowing (results). It has nothing to do with alcohol…..you drink to end the conflict of you.

And because you will always act on what you feel, alcohol becomes the problem, but it is not where your focus needs to be to change the way you drink……..

  • You get the hangovers, because you drink
  • You talk rubbish, because you drink
  • You are emotionally unavailable to your children, because you drink.
  • You feel weak and hopeless, because you drink

Yet your focus needs to be on your WHY of your drinking, which is always because you lack the very things you hope it will bring you……COMFORT (an umbrella term that covers everything that takes you out of alignment with you!).

That is where the simple answer to your drinking pain is, in your WHY you want/need/CRAVE a DRINK

And the easy answer to changing your drinking lies in truly knowing your WHY through new AWARENESS’S that allow for new actions, easily, that lead to the peaceful re-alignment of YOU

Do you recognise that?

So, what will you do with that recognition?

To help you start the process of AWARENESS of YOU, I have a simple Journal prompt I give to all my clients, it will help you too.

I want you to sit with this, quietly and write your heartfelt answers before you pick up the glass tonight. Breathe deeply, download and then ACT on your answer.

“For What Purpose Do I Want A Drink?”

Just 5 minutes to hear and understand your heartfelt answers before you pick up the glass tonight.

Those 5 minutes will give you insight, options and take you out of the stranglehold of your trapped thinking / cravings. It’s not hard, its NEW.

And in doing this simple exercise, you will start the real conversation about changing your drinking going!!

Be kind & gentle with yourself

Sonia xx

PS, to understand more about my process, here’s the link to my, 6 week Rapid Alcohol Recovery Method coaching process based on my own suddenly sober life, and through it, 100’s of women, have gone from desperate and feeling destroyed, to peace, freedom and joy.

Working with Sonia has transformed my life, not just my drinking, MY LIFE! I feel empowered, at peace with who I am and I know that whatever happens in life, I can deal with it, I don’t need alcohol. I just need me

If you would like to understand more about my journey from 28 years of alcoholism, to peaceful freedom, take a look at my internationally acclaimed book, This Isn’t Me (click on the link HERE).I wrote it for my son, as an apology for his younger years, and as an attempt to explain the un-explainable.

FOUR Simple Steps to Peace Around Alcohol

FOUR Simple Steps to Peace Around Alcohol

How are YOU? Not your children, work, friends, family, YOU?

How are you feeling?

  • Are you feeling comforted, balanced at peace?
  • Do you feel safe in trust and alignment with yourself and the world/Universe – the bigger picture?
  • Or do you feel shrunk in the ever tightening straight jacket of the stress and struggle of your drinking?
  • Fearful of the ticking of the clock, as you edge towards your decided ‘Wine O’Clock’ that has become the awakening of your Cravings?

Ultimately, there are 2 ways of living around your drinking, in relaxed and in control, or struggle, stress and out of control.

Both of which are CHOICES only you can make, and the stress, struggle and out of control can be changed by simple new awareness’s that allow for effortless expansion of your perception of you, alcohol and LIFE.

In effortless expansion, you have a wider horizon, with space for greater opportunities, greater choices for thoughts/feelings and the consequences of these two, the ACTIONS you take – to drink, to not drink, to not drink with ease, to fight to not drink.

Alcohol doesn’t change. It can’t. Take that one simple FACT on board, and shift your attention from the external (alcohol), and gently look at the only part of your ‘relationship’ with alcohol that can change, YOU.

Here’s are FOUR Simple Steps to help you on your journey to you, and to finding PEACE around alcohol.

  • RECOGNIZE the feelings that come up when you crave a drink – you drink on what you feel, not on what you think
  • OBSERVE the thoughts that created the feelings
  • DETACH from those thoughts – the less you engage with your thoughts, the weaker your feelings. To do this, when your ‘drinking thinking’ pops up, say with non-judgmental kindness, “Hi, you’re here again, I don’t need you, off you go now” – this alone creates a gap between you and your thinking that loosens your alcohol thinking/feeling/Craving trap
  • PRAISE yourself – every time you use the above and don’t drink – your praise of you activates your LOVE of you, the most powerful emotion and in LOVE there is no desire for alcohol.

And it is ALL down to you! It is YOUR (not someone else’s), kind words, towards you, that create the most powerfully kind feelings and kind feelings mean you don’t drink!

Changing your drinking is NOT hard.

Battling with your painful THOUGHTS and FEELINGS/CRAVINGS IS – this is the mental torture you inflict on yourself, as you attempt to make yourself ‘feel better’ by not drinking.

Alcohol is what you ‘DO’ to end that torture.

As long as you continue to try over and over again, to change your drinking, by starting with any attempt to deny yourself your ‘comfort’, by beating yourself up for you ‘weakness’, and not turning instead to gently learning the self-loving truths about who you are and what you need, you will get the same results….’failure’

When you start your journey to freedom, by looking into you, into the wonder and magic of you – a wonder and magic you have learnt to believe no longer exists, your drinking will change, effortlessly.

If my words resonate, I can help you. The hardest part of change through my 6 week, Rapid Alcohol Recovery Method process, is the reaching out.

The holding out of your hand and placing it in mine. Until you are your rock, I will be. My journey to changing my drinking has been the joy of my LIFE, don’t you deserve that too?

Be kind and gentle with yourself

Sonia xx

PS. If you would like to understand more about my journey from 28 years of alcoholism, to peaceful freedom, take a look at my internationally acclaimed book, This Isn’t Me (click on the link HERE).I wrote it for my son, as an apology for his younger years, and as an attempt to explain the un-explainable.

Struggle, Stress & Your Painful Drinking

Struggle, Stress & Your Painful Drinking

How are you feeling now that Spring is here and Lockdown is slowly, but surely, easing?

Shops are open, we can meet friends (mainly in the freezing bloody cold), schools are back and a hopeful new normal is definitely on our horizon…….

None of which diminish that facts that the last few years have been a stress and struggle for everyone. The fears of this damn COVID, and the massive impact it has had on life.

Maybe you have worried about you job, money, homeschooling, being isolated.

There’s been no hugs, no kisses, and Zoom has lost all its appeal hasn’t it?

This isn’t a moaning ‘poor me’ message. I KNOW how blessed I am, my God, do I know it!

To have my son with me, to be in the care bubble of my brother and sister-in-law, to have My Girls (doglets) to walk, and to still be able to serve and change the lives of the amazing clients who do me the honour of choosing me to be their guide to freedom from the dreadful pain of their drinking, and back to the peace that is their birthright, are huge, gifts of which I am so grateful.

And still…….a great deal is lost……..

I am an expressive ‘hugger’, are you?

I love to touch my loves, my family, my friends. I love to put my arms around them, hold them close, and let them know how very much I love them without words, because there are no words that can express my love, and all that is gone. We are socially distanced and it has ‘aged’ me.

Of course there is the vaccines, a very controversial subject, but having had a frighteningly brutal dose of COVID, I am committed and have had my first jab, and now have been lucky enough to take advantage of the slow opening up to take myself, and My Girls, down to Devon to watch the sunrise over the sea, to re-cablibrate, and to do what I beg you to do for yourself, every day

Please lovely, take the time to stand outside, for just 10 minutes and do this lovely, soul expanding exercise

  • BREATHE, slowly and deeply, to let your mind chatter quieten.
  • Look to the sky with profound Gratitude for WHO YOU ARE
  • For WHO YOU HAVE in your life,
  • For WHO YOU HAVE LOST, and the gift of having had them, no matter for how short a time, for what you have and
  • For your PERFECTLY, IMPERFECT, ONCE ONLY, LIFE 💖

I promise you, that 10 minutes alone will take you from anxiety and stress, and back to your default settings of

REST, RECOVERY & RESTORE – and when you have those, you have the ultimate’s in life, JOY and PEACE.

  • In PEACE you have no alcohol CRAVINGS
  • In PEACE you need no WILLPOWER
  • In PEACE you don’t fear LOSING CONTROL OF YOUR DRINKING
  • In PEACE, you have the COMFORT you look for in ALCOHOL
  • In PEACE you have the wonder of YOU.

I am back now and my struggle is comforted. However I am not yet back in my physical home, but back in my emotional and spiritual one, the home where I am strongest, and I am here for you.

If you are ready to change your drinking for once and for all, with ease, take a look at the unique process I created for you, Rapid Alcohol Recovery Method, just reach out, you only have to hit Reply with a very brave ME (that ME will be the ONLY hard part of your journey to freedom), and I will take your from there. In less than 6 weeks, you WILL be free.

There is nothing greater you can do for YOU and your family right now, than to change the way you drink, and you know this deep in your heart. x

Be kind and gentle with yourself

Sonia xx

PS I love to share my clients joyful successes, so here’s a recent one, and there are more on my Testimonials page.

Working with Sonia has transformed my life, not just my drinking, MY LIFE! I feel empowered, at peace with who I am and I know that whatever happens in life, I can deal with it, I don’t need alcohol. I just need me

If you would like to understand more about my journey from 28 years of alcoholism, to peaceful freedom, take a look at my internationally acclaimed book, This Isn’t Me (click on the link HERE).I wrote it for my son, as an apology for his younger years, and as an attempt to explain the un-explainable.

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