Posts by Helen O'Connor

Welcome

Welcome to the Sober Sprint! In this first post you will find out: what to expect from the next 30 days...

Alcohol holidays, liver vacations and Sober Sprints: The benefits of stopping for a bit

We all know that excessive alcohol consumption is Not a Good Thing. Frequently it’s pretty obvious what impact alcohol is...

Day 1 – Your first n=me scores and what brought you to the MOB

Download the paper version of the form Measuring progress is a really important motivational tool, and will also help you...

Day 1 – The Daily MOB Ritual

A quick Google of ‘daily rituals’ will bring up a whole host of blog posts and articles about the importance...

Day 2 – Planning for External Pitfalls

When we are trying to act in ways that are different to our usual routines and responses (like not drinking...

Day 2 – What kind of drinker are you?

Today we want you to think about what kind of drinker you are – what do you use alcohol for,...

Day 2 – How other people can help (or hinder) your Month off Booze

This post is about how other people can support (or not) your MOB. We’ll tell you a bit more about...

Day 3 – Coping with External Pitfalls

This is the second of four blogs that focus on obstacles that might interfere with a successful MOB. Yesterday we...

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Day 4 – Internal Pitfalls

Depending on what kind of drinker you are, you might be more likely to struggle with external pitfalls – other...

Day 5 – Coping with Internal Pitfalls

This is the last of our four posts that focus on obstacles (possible pitfalls) that might interfere with a successful...

Day 6 – Overcoming Discomfort Dodging

This month you are doing something you probably don’t usually do – avoiding all alcohol. Because it’s new or unusual,...

Day 7 – Procrastination: Why we Choose Short-Term Rewards over Longer-Term Goals, and How to Beat it

This month you are doing something you probably don’t usually do – avoiding all alcohol. During your MOB you will...

Day 8 – N=ME and the Quantified Self (or Why it’s Good to Measure Stuff)

Today is again personal tracking day. In the n=me tracker form we have identified a number of aspects of your life that you...

Day 9 – Perfectionism versus Healthy Striving

By now you will have been encouraged to check in at least once, and twice if you were here for...

Day 10 – Why can alcohol make me feel good and make me feel bad? Alcohol, the brain and emotions

Alcohol and your brain In today’s post we dig a bit deeper into the brain, and what alcohol can do...

Day 12 – FOMO

On FOMO Depending on what kind of drinker you are, you might feel a particular sense of discomfort during your...

Day 13 – Cognitive distortions: Three tricks our minds play on us, and how to beat them

If you want to improve your relationship with alcohol – whether you’re giving it up for a bit during a...

Day 14 – Alcohol and (Flawed) Decision-Making

Some of the main reasons people have for wanting to cut back on heavy drinking or stop completely, are the...

Day 15 – Cravings: Taming and Retraining your Internal critic and Internal Saboteur

We have already spoken a bit about how our internal self-talk can be a possible pitfall. Negative self-talk can be...

Day 17 – Dealing with Difficult people

7 Ways to Deal with Difficult People We spoke before about how other people can help or hinder your Sober Sprint...

Day 22 – Motivation

  Today’s post is about motivation – where you get yours, what motivates you most, your preference for certain types...

Day 25: Alcohol and Productivity

Today’s post is one that is close to my own heart because it is one of the key areas where...

Day 26 – Rolling with ambivalence

We have devoted quite a lot of the Sober Sprint / MOB content to topics that would help you navigate...

Day 27 – Confidence and Strengths

Motivation and confidence are two key factors that relate to successful behaviour change – whether that’s stopping or cutting down...

Day 28 – Self-Acceptance

Practicing Unconditional Self-Acceptance Not being sure whether you have all achieved 100% in your Sober Sprint / MOB and what...

Day 29 – Values

On Day 24, we wrote about ambivalence – our tendency to ‘sit on the fence’ when it comes to making...

Day 30 – Now What? New Goals, Future Plans

Can I just stop for a moment and say… CONGRATULATIONS! Making the decision to take a month off, signing up...

Day 30 – Looking back – reflecting on your Sober Sprint / MOB

This article was originally Helen’s final post on the very first, October 2015, Month Off Booze programme, which included weekly live...