WOOP into 2018 How to plan for success

Dr. Gabriele Oettingen developed WOOP as a powerful method that has been proven to help people accomplish their goals. I love using it for Club Soda as it is: Easy to remember! Great for looking at your overall goal but also planning for individual triggers Helps you get you back on track after a blip…

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How to reduce anxiety and be more serene

The challenges of giving up alcohol or moderating your drinking habits can cause periods of anxiety. We all have things, situations and people that ‘trigger’ us, making us angry or upset. In reality, these smaller irritations might have larger themes behind them. For example, irritation from someone leaving a towel on the floor comes from…

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Stop procrastinating

Procrastination is a problem whether you are moderating, going alcohol-free or looking to drink more mindfully. After all, you are planning to do something new and a bit difficult. Alcohol is probably hard wired into many aspects of your life: personal, social and emotional. So how do you beat procrastination? Postponing immediate gratification You are…

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Why socialising sober is important

When you first start changing your drinking, socialising sober may not be the most important thing on your mind. Change takes time and some steely grit and determination. Yes you need to hunker down, focus on your goal and change a few things. But it is important not to take away human connection and joy.…

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keep on trying

Changing your drinking is tough, but it is a journey worth embarking on. In this webinar Laura challenges you to make changing your drinking a daily practice, and not to give in when the discomfort gets too much. It does not matter how many day ones you have but that you keep trying. You will…

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Harriet's sober tips

Club Soda member Harriet’s sober tips are based on her 14 years alcohol-free. On this week’s guest webinar, she shares her story, and answers questions from the Club Soda community. Her topics are: 1. Moderation vs complete sobriety 2. Drinking triggers 3. Handling your inner critic 4. Cravings 5. Dealing with social situations 6. How long it…

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Drinking Dreams

Lots of members report dreaming that they are drinking alcohol. This is not unusual. So what do our drinking dreams tell us? Whilst having a drinking dream can be scary, they can actually be an indication of a lot of positive things in your path towards changing your drinking. Here are the 5 things you…

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Laura drink

I hope your weekend was awesome. This weekend we started something new to help you plan the week ahead: our alcohol questions webinar. Every Sunday evening we are doing a live webinar on the Facebook Group. We will share it here with you on Mondays. So if you have a question you want me to…

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Lara Croft navigating pitfalls

This post was written by Club Soda member and psychologist Helen O’Connor. Pitfalls when planning not to drink When we are trying to act in ways that are different to our usual routines and responses (like not drinking when we usually do), there are many ways we might be distracted from our new plan and…

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quitting smoking and drinking

Alcohol and smoking Written by Club Soda member and psychologist Helen O’Connor Does it make it harder to control or stop drinking if you continue to smoke? Is it better to make one lifestyle change at a time, or should I tackle both together? This blog post looks into this conundrum in more depth and…

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