Tribe Sober – inspiring an alcohol-free life!
Welcome to our seventh “Sober Short” – an interim mini podcast to supplement the weekly Tribe Sober podcast.
I’m going to kick off this series by taking you through our Tribe Sober Toolkit – this toolkit is just one of the things that we share with you during our regular Zoom workshops – click here for more info.
Our workshops have been a gamechanger for so many people – if you want to kickstart your sober journey then sign up today
In this episode
During the first 6 Sober Shorts we looked at the first 6 Tools in our toolbox
Tool 1 was CONNECTION
“Connection is the Opposite of Addiction” and if you’re serious about getting sober then you need to connect with others on the same path –
So if you’re not yet a member of our tribe please check us out on tribesober.com “join our tribe” to read about the benefits of membership
Tool 2 was GET MOVING
We all know is that exercise is “good for us” and many many people exercise daily but they also drink on a daily basis – sometimes excessively – ditch the drink and keep exercising and you will be amazed at how much fitter you will get!
Tool 3 was BUILD YOUR EMOTIONAL STRENGTH
All about “learning to sit with our feelings” – instead of trying to chase them away with alcohol – alcohol is the “easy button” and enables us to bypass difficult emotions
We have to “get comfortable with being uncomfortable as Tribe Sober coach Lynette says or as Glennon Doyle says:-
“First the Pain, then the Rising”
Tool 4 was MINDSET
About changing your thinking – about drinking
The global alcohol industry spends trillions on marketing every year to convince us that we need their product..
The wine industry in particular has done a stunning job marketing to us ladies during the last 2 decades–
Many women now believe that drinking wine is essential for a full and happy life.
We have to de-program ourselves — a nice analogy is to think of our subconscious mind as a computer — we need to reboot and load some new software.
Tool 5 was VISUALISATION
3 visualisation tools:-
- If you get a craving in the evening then just accept it’s the “wine witch” but she can no longer control you. Grab an AF drink or go out for a walk…
- Play the movie forward – if you get the urge to drink then just think it through – do you really want to keep going back to Day 1 – again and again
- Visualise those 2 paths – the first six months of sobriety are tough so you need to work hard to stay on track – you have to move from a place of instant gratification to a place where you can focus on long term – and life changing goals…
Tool 6 – INFORMATION IS POWER!
- If we want to take back our power then we must educate ourselves about the harm alcohol can do The information is out there and just a quick Google search will connect you with scientific research proving that alcohol is linked to 7 different types of cancer and more than 60 diseases.
- You need to treat it as a research project.
- Begin your journey by reading the Naked Mind by Annie Grace who will show you just how the alcohol marketing industry creates the powerful limiting beliefs that we hold in our subconscious.
- There are so many books relating to alcohol and sobriety these days that there is a whole category called QuitLit these days…
- If you’d like a QuitLit Reading list just email firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out the rest of the Tribe Sober podcast episodes for recovery stories and expert advice.
TOOL 7 – BE ACCOUNTABLE
- As we say in our Battle Plan, you need to set Anchor Points for this journey – just as a sailing boat might drift off its course make sure you are taking specific actions to staying accountable and on track…
- An annual tracker is an essential tool – colour in each day as an alcohol-free day in the morning to set the intention… keep our eye on the big picture – even if you do have a slip up just mark it on your tracker and get right back on the sober bus the next day.
- Another way to stay accountable is to write blog and put it out there – I started blogging the day that I stopped drinking and connected with others on the same journey – that blog was called WWW and eventually become Tribe Sober.
- An important anchor point is to be connected to a community where you can “check in” – if you are doing well you will get some great feedback and if you are struggling then you will get some advice and encouragement.
At TS we offer daily opportunities to check in – whether it’s on Slack Chat or WhatsApp or our daily Zoom Chats there is a community wanting to know how you are doing and that makes all the difference.
If you are really struggling and need extra 1.2.1 support then we can team you up with a Sober Buddy who is simply a member of our community who has been sober for a while and is offering 1.2.1 support.
- Even if you are six months or more into your sober journey look out for FAB (fading affect bias) as William Porter describes in his book Alcohol explained.
After a certain period we forget the hangovers and the tiredness/low energy of our drinking days and even start reminiscing about the good times we used to have when drinking.
We have thoughts like “I wasn’t that bad” and “maybe I could have just one” but that’s a real danger sign.. – its just our brain tricking us so that’s a good time to write our…Goodbye To Alcohol letter.
- The thinking behind a Goodbye To Alcohol letter is that alcohol can be like an abusive lover etc.
- You can hear me reading my letter on Ep 1 of Tribe Sober podcast and if you go to tribesober.com/Inspiration there is a whole collection there.
- So to summarise – when you embark on the sober voyage set some anchor points in advance to reinforce your motivation and to keep you on track – be accountable:-
Get your Battle Plan
- Join tribesober.com and check in with the community regularly
- Start your Annual Tracker
- If you like writing then think about starting a blog
- Make a diary note to write your GTA letter when you are a few months in – send it to us and we’ll be happy to publish it on our website!
- So that’s tool number 7 from our 15 tools in our Sober Toolkit.
- If you’d like some more support then check out our workshops (tribesober.com/services) or our next 66 day challenge which starts on 20th March (tribesober.com/Sober Spring)
- Tribe Sober members get a 25% discount on both so it’s a good time to join our tribe!
- If YOU’VE got a favourite tip that you’d like me to share on Sober Shorts then just email it to me email@example.com
- Don’t forget to check out our weekly podcast – its full of recovery stories and expert advice– its called Tribe Sober and it comes out every Saturday morning.
- Join Tribe Sober and learn how to quit drinking and go on to thrive in your alcohol free life – you can join up HERE
- To access our website click HERE
- If you would like a free copy of our “Annual Tracker” or our e-book “66 Days to Sobriety” please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you would like to come to our Saturday afternoon Zoom Cafe as a guest and meet our community just email email@example.com
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