Take a Break from Drinking

By Rachel Hart

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GigiFree
 Oct 23, 2018
the most practical approach to stopping drinking thinking through the think feel act cycle which I was never taught until now. Thank you Rachel for making it so plain and easy to understand. This works in all areas of life. appreciate your podcast so much I always look forward to the next one. I listen to them multiple times

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Take a Break from Drinking is your go-to resource on why people drink and how to take a breather without missing out on life. You’ll hear from certified life coach Rachel Hart about why changing habits can be tricky, how to decrease your desire, and why there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. If you’re tired of hangovers and regrets and not into labels or powerlessness, this podcast is for you. Listeners will learn how to use the tools outlined in her book, Why Can’t I Drink Like Everyone Else?, to feel healthier and happier right away. Join my FREE challenge, The 5-Day Reset, to help you take a break from drinking that will change the habit, reduce your desire, and re-train your brain at http://www.rachelhart.com/challenge.

Episode Date
Ep #150: Letting Go of the Forbidden Fruit
24:41

Join me this week as I discuss how to use the concept of the forbidden fruit to break free from desire and deprivation. I know I felt like I was going to suffer in this vicious cycle forever, but looking at your thoughts will illuminate exactly how you are the one keeping yourself imprisoned here.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/150

Dec 03, 2019
Ep #149: The Binge & Restrict Cycle
32:33

The cycle of binging and restricting really rears its head during the holiday season, and that’s why it is the perfect time to understand what is happening with your desire to over-consume to get out of this cycle for good. I’m discussing the fundamental misunderstanding of this cycle that I’ve experienced myself and see in my clients all the time, and why trying to be perfect and hone in on willpower doesn’t work.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/149

Nov 26, 2019
Ep #148: Harnessing the Impossible (Updated)
29:48

Join me this week as I explore a fairly advanced concept, but one that I think you’ll benefit hugely from. I spent years using the excuse of an impossible time period to not change the habit of drinking, and I’m hoping this reframe will help you see that this is how you can experience the most life-altering growth, not just concerning your drinking, but everywhere else in your life too.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/148

Nov 19, 2019
Ep #147: Your Purpose
25:29

In today's episode, I'm talking about how taking a break from drinking can help you get back in touch with the reason why you are here. I'll tell you how I realized that consuming too much was keeping me from feeling the full range of human experience, and how taking a break helped me confront that. And I'll cover what I think is our reason for being here and how to practice embracing it.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/147

Nov 12, 2019
Ep #146: Alcohol & Emotions
20:57

Join me this week as I highlight the connection between the habit of drinking and your emotions. Understanding the process that takes place is so crucial to making sustainable change, and without truly practicing the thought work required, you won’t ever get to the root cause.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/146

Nov 05, 2019
Ep #145: Three Reasons You Drink Too Much
21:52

Today I'm talking about the three reasons you drink too much (actually). I'll tell you how I figured out that my drinking wasn't caused by my personality or something that was inherently wrong with me. And we'll talk about allowing urges, how to stop believing your excuses, and why you need to examine the reasons behind your drinking (instead of hiding them away).

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/145

Oct 29, 2019
Ep #144: Subtle Willpower
21:53

Today we'll talk about subtle willpower and how to identify it. I'll tell you all about a situation I was in recently that triggered my willpower and how I coached myself through it. And we'll chat about why learning to manage your mind is such a better approach than relying on gritting your teeth and just getting through things.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/144

Oct 22, 2019
Ep #143: Health Shame
23:22

Today I’m addressing the idea that you can shame yourself into better health and why it’s such a destructive pattern. We’ll talk about why so many of us have this belief, why shame never creates productive thoughts, feelings, and actions, and what you can do instead of shaming yourself.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/143

Oct 15, 2019
Ep #142: Insuring Your Brain
32:41

In this episode, I'm talking about the concept of insuring your brain and what you can do to make sure you're mentally stimulated on a daily basis. It's incredibly important to break out of habits and routines if we want to stay sharp, just like it's important to keep learning and to seek out discomfort. Our brains are perpetual problem-solving machines, and without any problems to solve, they can get rusty with disuse.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/142

Oct 08, 2019
Create Optimal Health in October
09:18

Take a break from drinking this month in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness. All month long, Rachel is teaching a special bonus course on optimal health. If you’ve ever used a drink to deal with chronic pain, insomnia, injury, or any other health-related issue you won’t want to miss it.Learn how to make your health a priority and change the habit of drinking for good. Sign up at https://www.rachelhart.com/join

Oct 01, 2019
Ep #141: Health Avoidance
29:48

In this episode, we'll discuss health avoidance, why we tend to do it, and the impact it has on our minds and bodies. We'll also revisit why the think-feel-act cycle can be such an effective tool for managing pain and other health-related thoughts and feelings. And we'll talk about some of the facts around how alcohol affects the body, why knowing the facts can help you make decisions, and why it's worth taking a closer look at any reluctance you may have about going to the doctor.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/141

Oct 01, 2019
Ep #140: Optimal Health
27:52

In this episode, we'll talk about optimal health and why many of you are settling for less-than when it comes to your physical and mental wellbeing. I'll tell you why the think-feel-act cycle is a great tool for improving and managing your health, and why being able to manage your mind is a key part of a healthy life. And we'll discuss alcohol's effects on the body, how to separate physical pain from emotional suffering, and how to stop settling for feeling subpar.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/140

Sep 24, 2019
Ep #139: Goal Drama
20:26

In this episode, I'm breaking down goal drama and giving you tools to catch your brain in the act. We'll talk about why our brains create drama, why it can be so exhausting, and how to reframe the "problem" of taking a break as a "project" instead. Remember: now is the perfect time to begin taking a break - it's an ongoing project to work on, rather than a big scary problem you have to solve.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/139

Sep 17, 2019
Ep #138: Obstacle Mirages
30:03

What an obstacle mirage is and how to identify them in your own thinking. We'll talk about why our brains make them, why it's your responsibility to debunk them, and why this is all great news for your own power and autonomy. I'll also tell you about common obstacle mirages and how to handle them, and you'll learn why supporting yourself is one of the most critical ingredients of this process.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/138

Sep 10, 2019
Ep #137: The Worst Advice I Ever Got About Drinking
29:27

In this episode, I want to emphasize that your drinking doesn't mean anything about who you are as a person, your character, or whether or not you're valuable. I'll share the piece of advice this friend gave me and talk about why it was so unhelpful in the moment, but how I now realize that it mirrors our society's beliefs about drinking and individual control. And I'll tell you all about what it takes to change your habits and transform your relationship with alcohol and with yourself.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/137

Sep 03, 2019
Go Back to School with Take a Break
06:47

Make this September one to remember! Join Rachel for a 30-day break from drinking that will change your life forever. Give your mind and body a break so that you can uncover what’s really behind the habit and how to sustainably change it. Learn how to change your desire, feel peaceful with your urges, and let go of deprivation.
Sign up for the Take a Break program at rachelhart.com/earlybird and get started on Tuesday, September 3rd.

Aug 30, 2019
Ep #136: Setting Foolproof Resolutions
30:01

Why panic, fear, and shame are such poor motivators, why you have to understand the "why" behind your current habits, and why you should have a plan for failing. Keeping your resolutions can't just be an exercise in willpower - because that will end in frustration and shame. Give yourself everything you need to change your habit for good!

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/136

Aug 27, 2019
Ep #135: Why You’re Not Having Fun When You’re Not Drinking
30:28

Why we shouldn't set up a false choice between drinking and having fun versus not drinking and having less fun. I'll tell you about why socializing without alcohol is a common obstacle for people taking a break and how to be onto your thoughts when they say you have to drink to have fun. And I'll dive into the thoughts behind the habit of consuming to enjoy events, how you were actually born to have fun, and how can tap into that instinct again with practice and time.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/135

Aug 20, 2019
Ep #134: I Don’t Want to Stop Drinking
27:28

In this episode we're talking about the thought "I don't want to stop drinking" and how to approach it. We'll talk about why even a temporary break can be such a powerful tool for understanding the thoughts and feelings that are underpinning your desire to drink. And we'll also break down why you can't just look at drinking vs. not drinking as good vs. bad behavior and why shaming yourself won't get you the results you want.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/134

Aug 13, 2019
Ep #133: Redefining Failures
31:35

In this episode I redefine failure and talk about why it isn't a bad thing. I talk about why our thoughts are what makes failure seem like a negative, painful experience, and why we need to stop making failure mean something bad about ourselves. And I share the many teaching opportunities failure gives us if we're willing to slow down and get curious about our thoughts, feelings, and actions surrounding failure.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/133

Aug 06, 2019
Ep #132: Showing Up for Yourself
29:43

From the time we're children we're taught how to show up for other people: parents, friends, teachers, and eventually bosses. We're taught to seek other people's approval rather than prioritizing our approval of ourselves.

In this episode, I dive into all of this in-depth and explain how you can get better at showing up for yourself. I talk about why it can often feel like there are two versions of ourselves - one who wants to keep promises and one who just wants to break them - and how the think-feel-act cycle plays into this. And I highlight why it's so important that you accept yourself and believe that you're capable of change.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/132

Jul 30, 2019
Recommended Reading from the Take a Break Podcast
01:03

The right book at the right moment can change everything. I’ve put together a list of my favorite books for all my podcast listeners. They cover everything from addiction, habit change, food, sex, love, money, creativity, productivity and more. Text your email address in all lowercase letters to 415-275-6589 and reply BOOKS if you want to grab a copy.

Jul 24, 2019
Ep #131: Are You Willing to Be Wrong about Drinking?
37:35

In today's episode, we're talking all about being wrong, why we cling so hard to being right, and how to build up your capacity for being wrong about yourself. I'll share some of the reasons why your brain likes to be right and how this can get in the way of changing your drinking and other habits. And we'll look forward into the future at what lies on the other side of being willing to be wrong about yourself.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/131

Jul 23, 2019
Ep #130: Listener Q&A: I Really Like to Drink
38:59

In this episode I dig into how we can create motivation to stop drinking, and why the idea that you have to hit rock bottom in order to create change can be so harmful. I talk about this thought "I just like to drink" and how I dealt with it when I realized my relationship with alcohol was having increasingly negative consequences. And I share what it's really like on the other side of drinking and why I find so much more joy in everyday life now that I've recalibrated my brain's response to pleasure.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/130

Jul 16, 2019
Ep #129: How to Reduce Drama in Your Life
29:46

How to reduce drama, create more neutral thoughts, and slowly but surely create a less dramatic existence. I provide a lot of real-life examples in this episode that you can apply right away. They cover everything from drama about time, to drama about to do lists, to fears and anxieties about our appearance and relationships.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/129

Jul 09, 2019
Ep #128: Is Drama Behind Your Drinking?
33:47

In this episode, I focus on what drama is, why we create it, and how to tell if you're creating drama for yourself. I talk about how to slow down your brain's dramatic tendencies and retrain your brain to have more neutral thoughts. I'll tell you all about how drama connects to the habit of drinking, and next week we'll do a deep dive on a tool that will help you create less drama.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/128

Jul 02, 2019
Ep #127: Compare & Despair
29:49

How compare and despair may be keeping you from changing your habit of drinking. Compare and despair comes up in all areas of life, so it's important to understand how this thought pattern makes you feel isolated, worthless, and disempowered when you're actually the opposite. I share some examples of compare and despair, how to recognize when you're in this mindset, and how to get off this mental treadmill and start to make changes in your life.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/127

Jun 25, 2019
Ep #126: The Rolodex of Excuses 2.0
30:46

Listen in as I review the Rolodex of Excuses and talk about the tenets of the work I do with clients. Then we'll dive into these next-level excuses, why your brain is so good at coming up with them and how to deal with these sneaky justifications.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/126

Jun 18, 2019
Ep #125: Listener Q&A: How to Handle Drinking & Insomnia
33:28

In this episode, I talk about how alcohol affects your sleep, two of the common instances where I see people drinking to fall asleep, and why it's actually totally normal to be unable to sleep sometimes. I also dive into the thoughts and emotions that often accompany insomnia and why your thoughts about sleep are probably compounding your physical tiredness.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/125

Jun 11, 2019
Ep #124: How to “Take It or Leave It” with Drinking
25:46

In today's episode, I'm breaking down the take-it-or-leave-it mindset so you can assess whether it's really something you want to work toward. I talk about creating an indifference to alcohol and what that will look and feel like, and how you can get there. And we'll talk about why it's so important to examine the thoughts and feelings underpinning your relationship to alcohol, rather than focusing just on the quantity of what you're drinking.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/124

Jun 04, 2019
Ep #123: Why Things Get Worse Before They Get Better
22:28

This episode is about why things may seem to get worse when you take a break from drinking. Spoiler: things aren't actually getting worse - you're just finally seeing them for what they really are. Once you stop numbing your feelings with alcohol, you may realize that things aren't pretty. Tools like the think-feel-act cycle can not only help you move through this uncomfortable, difficult transition - they can help you realize on the other side of the struggle, a beautiful life is waiting.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/123

May 28, 2019
Ep #122: What to Do After Drinking Too Much
24:34

This episode walks you through the process of understanding why you overdrank the night before and how you can react differently the next time your urge to drink arises. We'll explore how the Think Feel Act cycle interacts with your desires and how to press pause on that urge to drink. And I'll give you a list of questions to ask yourself so you can better understand your actions and change them in the future.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/122

May 21, 2019
Ep #121: Picturing Yourself Without the Desire to Drink
27:39

This week, I'm discussing how you can picture a future version of yourself who doesn't have the desire to reach for a drink. This may seem dubious, and I'm sure many of you are going to question this concept, but honing the practice of imagination, to step out of the current box you're in, will transform the way you think about the habit.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/121

May 14, 2019
Ep #120: Listener Q&A: Handling Comments About Not Drinking
29:54

Tune in as I analyze the four comments from others that my featured listener struggles with and how you can formulate a response when faced with similar questions. This will not only help you apply the work more deeply to changing the habit, but it will also transform any area of your life that you're working to better.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/120

May 07, 2019
Ep #119: It Doesn't Matter
27:45

In this episode, I talk about why "it doesn't matter" is such a sneaky, detrimental thought. I walk through some of the situations where it's most common for this thought to crop up, and what you should say to yourself instead. And I breakdown exactly what message you're sending yourself when you negate all of your efforts by telling yourself that they don't matter.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/119

Apr 30, 2019
Ep #118: Commitment
23:44

Listen in as I dive deep into the concept of commitment and explain why it plays a crucial role in changing your relationship with alcohol. I talk about why so many of us are ready to commit to others but not ourselves, and how this affects your relationship with yourself.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/118

Apr 23, 2019
EP #117: Your Emotional Immune System
27:12

Join me today to learn how using alcohol to numb feelings perpetuates the cycle of avoidance and sickness of your emotional immune system. Harm itself is not the problem here; the thoughts you have, the emotional distress that you experience when you are unable to tolerate how you feel, is what's harmful.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/117

Apr 16, 2019
Ep #116: Dares
24:57

Join me today as I break down why we stop daring ourselves and pushing the limits of what we think is possible after childhood and how you can start adding dares back into your life. You'll learn the number one question you need to answer to figure out what you need to start doing - over and over again - to finally disprove your brain!

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/116

Apr 09, 2019
Ep #115: Listener Q&A: Surrender
26:14

Today, we're going to do something a little different here on the podcast: I'm doing my very first Listener Q&A! I receive so many questions from you all, I want to start answering them on the podcast so everyone who listens can benefit from my answers.

To start us off, I'm answering a question about surrender. Is surrendering the answer to walking away from alcohol? 

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/115

Apr 02, 2019
Ep #114: Relationship Manuals
25:40

I'm talking all about relationship manuals and how we use them as a way to avoid taking responsibility for our own thoughts, feelings, and actions. I'll tell you how your brain will always find something new to complain about, even if people in your life do change in the way you want them to. And I'll share how this tactic is ultimately pointless because you are the key to changing your drinking - nobody else. 

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/114

Mar 26, 2019
Ep #113: Boredom
27:52

I discuss boredom, what's "wrong" with it, and what it has to offer us. Boredom provides a window into our minds, which is precisely why it's so beneficial yet so terrifying. I'll ask you to examine why you think it's such a problem to be bored and whether you like to be alone with your own mind. And I'll also share some of the benefits of boredom that come along once you get through the initial discomfort of being left alone with your own thoughts.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/113

Mar 19, 2019
Ep #112: Catastrophizing
28:04

Listen to this episode as I describe catastrophizing, why the brain does it, how it connects to overdrinking, and what you can do to start changing this pattern. I walk through the process of catastrophizing and discuss the effects it can have on your brain and your body. I also share some helpful tips for raising awareness of this behavior and gently guiding yourself to stop jumping to the worst case scenario anytime things don't go according to plan.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/112

Mar 12, 2019
Ep #111: Rejection
22:39

On this week's episode, I talk about how worrying what other people will think is hardwired into our brain as a survival tool. I also cover why it feels like everyone drinks and why it seems like drinking is "normal." Once you realize that your brain is just trying to help you, you can begin to talk back to your mind and create new evidence that will support your new habit of not drinking.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/111

Mar 05, 2019
Ep #110: Why “I Should Know Better” Is a Lie
23:15

Join me on this week's episode as I talk about why shame is never a productive or useful approach to changing our habits. "I should know better" is a lie that prevents us from practicing new behaviors and changing our brains. You need to leave the judgment behind, put on your scientist hat, and observe your brain and emotions if you want to create lasting change.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/110

Feb 26, 2019
Ep #109: The Learning Trap
21:23

Listen in to this week's episode as I talk about how people often use learning as a way to avoid uncomfortable emotions. I talk about how learning often feels like a great excuse for why we're not taking action - e.g. "I don't know enough yet to change" - and how you can shift this mindset.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/109

Feb 19, 2019
Ep #108: Do You Really Love to Drink?
17:28

This is a quick episode but a really important exercise. Join me as I talk about how I changed the narrative around my drinking and realized that I didn't actually love to drink. I'll also share several questions I want you to ask yourself, and we'll challenge the belief that often underlies this pattern: that your life won't be as good if you stop drinking.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/108

Feb 12, 2019
Ep #107: Loving Your Lower Brain to Change Your Drinking
24:28

Listen in as I talk about how you can shift your perspective on the lower brain and interact with your inner toddler in a new way. I talk about how the lower brain evolved to maximize our chances of survival, but can't really differentiate between good and bad habits. I'll also share how you can start to talk to your inner toddler in a calm and constructive voice that will help you move past all the negative emotions that can come up when you have to resist an urge.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/107

Feb 05, 2019
Ep #106: What if Alcohol Wasn’t Always a Problem for You?
25:22

Join me today to discover how understanding the facts around the shift in your drinking habit can help you understand how the think-feel-act cycle fits in your brain’s search for an outlet for the negative emotions you were invariably feeling at the time. You can learn new ways to cope with negative emotions that do not create negative consequences and taking a break is a powerful tool to start with.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/106

Jan 29, 2019
Ep #105: Mastering the Urge to Drink
28:36

I teach clients a four-step response to desire that creates space between feeling the urge and acting upon it. These steps are: pause, listen & watch, neutralize, and travel into the future. Listen in as I walk through these steps, and share how to implement them and how they work with the think-feel-act cycle to help you move past your urge to drink.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/105

Jan 22, 2019
Ep #104: Authenticity
23:51

Join me today as I talk about authenticity and drinking. Learn why so many of us are so afraid to be who we really are and the rewards you will reap by being your authentic self - doing this work, wrestling with this part of your brain - if you are brave enough and courageous enough to do it.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/104

Jan 15, 2019
Ep #103: Drinking and Emotional Tunnel Vision
30:00

In reality, emotions only last in the body for about 90 seconds. You can do anything for 90 seconds, right? But each time we cut off the experience of our emotions, we teach ourselves we're not capable of handling them. Listen today as I share my experiences with emotional tunnel vision and how you can escape the tunnel and take a wider perspective.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/103

Jan 08, 2019
Ep #102: How Drinking Prevents You from Creating a Future
24:03

Today, I want to talk to you about why it’s so hard to dream, why it can be so difficult to create a vision, and why the habit of drinking will make it even harder. Listen in to hear how you can choose a different course for the new year to help you stop playing small!

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/102

Jan 01, 2019
Ep #101: Why Fixing Your Drinking Won’t Make You Happy
27:14

You have to know how to manage your brain if you want to get off the treadmill of chasing happiness and never reaching full satisfaction. Drinking is one way we keep ourselves in this cycle; we turn to drinks to feel better in the moment, but become more dependent on drinking as a consequence.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/101

Dec 25, 2018
Ep #100: Lessons from the Take a Break Podcast
37:54

In celebration of our 100th episode of the Take a Break podcast, I’m combing through the archives of the past 99 episodes and pulling out some of the most important concepts and lessons from each episode. This is an excellent review for you to look at what your next layer of work is and if you’re a new listener, you’re getting the best overview you could possibly get to help you figure out which episodes you need/want to dig deeper into first.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/100

Dec 18, 2018
Ep #99: You Are Not Powerless
30:48

Struggling with something like overdrinking - or overeating, excessive spending, any other habit that's out of control - often goes hand-in-hand with feeling powerless. The fact is, you are anything but powerless in this process. That's the beauty of the think-feel-act cycle: it allows you to identify the thoughts and feelings that are creating undesirable actions, and you can then choose to start changing these thoughts and feelings.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/99

Dec 11, 2018
Ep #98: Wanting vs. Committing
31:43

Listen in as I describe the crucial differences between wanting something to change and committing to making it change. Tons of my clients have been able to change not only their relationship with alcohol, but how they approach all of their goals and dreams. Committing to change may not feel easy in the short run, but it's much easier (and rewarding) in the long run than it is to be trapped in the passive limbo of wanting change.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/98

Dec 04, 2018
Ep #97: Disproving Your Thoughts About Drinking
31:31

I used to be really committed to a lot of my beliefs about drinking, like "not drinking is boring" and "everybody drinks," and they held me back. On this episode, I share a technique called "The Turnaround" that helped me challenge these beliefs and finally change my thoughts, and eventually, my desire.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/97

Nov 27, 2018
Ep #96: What You Really Think About Drinking
32:05

Join me to find out how to identify the stories that you have around alcohol – what it does for you, how it hurts you, what it does for other people – in order to get the full idea of the cause and effect of these thoughts.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/96

Nov 20, 2018
Ep #95: Planning for Obstacles
19:06

On this episode, I'm talking about how to change your mindset around confronting obstacles. Instead of being surprised by the challenges that pop up, you can anticipate and solve them ahead of time. I break this process down into three steps that will help you make a game plan for dealing with any kind of obstacle.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/95

Nov 13, 2018
Ep #94: Proof Ahead of Time: How Long it Takes to Change Your Drinking
26:13

I can't tell you exactly how long it will take you to shift your desire; that's different for everyone. But I do know that if you're willing to be uncomfortable over and over and over again, you can succeed. Listen below as I talk about my experience with these questions, how they relate to the think-feel-act cycle, and why you are the reason for your success - not the tools, program, or coach you might use.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/94

Nov 06, 2018
Ep #93: Finishing What You Start
24:45

If you’re going to change, you have to consider your beliefs about your capacity for change. If you tell yourself that you never finish anything or describe yourself as a quitter, you probably feel defeated and don’t end up changing your actions. That’s how the think-feel-act cycle works, right? Listen to this week’s episode to hear why challenging this thought and countering your brain’s confirmation bias are incredibly important for changing your habits.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/93

Oct 30, 2018
Ep #92: Uncovering You
27:59

When you've taken a break from drinking in the past (or maybe right now) have you felt frustrated by the fact that you're still unhappy... even without the "cause" of your undesired behavior out of the picture? Join me today as I address why uncovering the real you can be so uncomfortable and confrontational and how shifting your thoughts away from just your actions can have a tremendous impact on your journey of taking a break.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/92

Oct 23, 2018
Ep #91: Anxiety
32:26

Have you ever experienced anxiety that feels so intense you're certain something terrible is going to happen? Do you experience that anxiety around alcohol and taking a break from drinking? Join me today as I break down where anxiety comes from and what you're probably doing in response to it that is keeping you from seeing it clearly. I'm also sharing a step-by-step process you can use to work through anxiety when it shows up!

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/91

Oct 16, 2018
Ep #90: Numbing
30:08

Today, I want to talk about how we cope with negative emotions, the actions that we take in response to them. And specifically, what it means to numb how you feel. Join me on this episode of Take a Break for a look into why we numb, how to tell when you're using a numbing action to avoid facing your negative thoughts and emotions, and why awareness is key.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.rachelhart.com/90

Oct 09, 2018
Ep #89: Motivation
28:41

Do you find yourself searching for the motivation to change your habit of drinking… or anything else in your life? I have some good news for you today that can help end your search. Join me this week as I share how you can build the skill of motivation by taking action every day.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://rachelhart.com/89

Oct 02, 2018
Ep #88: Personality or Mindset
20:59

Most of you probably have thoughts along the lines of, “That’s just who I am,” “I’m just someone who has no impulse control,” or “That’s just my personality. I can’t change it.” But what if it’s not “just who you are” but actually something you can change? Today, I want to talk to you about a new and different way of considering who you are: Personality vs Mindset.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/88

Sep 25, 2018
Ep #87: The Allure of Normal
18:28

Whether your numbing action is overdrinking, overeating, overworking or any other overindulgence, you may have had the thought, "Why can't I ___ like everyone else?" Today I'm breaking down the belief that many of you are caught up in of wanting to be like everyone else. I share how the questions you're asking yourself are leading you to the shameful conclusion that there's something wrong with you and how you can choose other thoughts.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/87

Sep 18, 2018
Ep #86: Mirror Effect
26:13

People hate admitting that they judge others negatively, however, we all do it. On this episode, we’re talking about the Mirror Effect – why you judge other people harshly – and what that means about your thoughts about yourself. We also take a look at how you can use the understanding of this concept as a tool to help you change your drinking habit or improve any area of your life.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://rachelhart.com/86

 

Sep 11, 2018
Ep #85: All or Nothing
23:12

Have you ever felt like you either do everything right and do everything you said you were going to do or you've thrown it all out the window and allow yourself to cut loose and eat, drink, or do whatever your heart desires? Tune in as we take a look at the idea of perfectionism in relation to our drinking habits and how our thinking about earning our worthiness impacts our desire to drink.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/85

Sep 04, 2018
Ep #84: Drink Pushers
28:47

On this episode, we explore why people are drink pushers and why we avoid them and blame them for our own choices around drinking. We also look at what we need to understand about the think-feel-act cycle and how it’s driving the action of pushing other people to drink. Join me to discover how to handle the situations where someone is trying to persuade you to drink to help you feel empowered rather than pressured.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/84

Aug 28, 2018
Ep #83: Improvement or Growth
25:40

Do you feel like, no matter how much progress you make toward changing your drinking habits, you always focus only on the times when you stray from the path to your goals and constantly beat yourself up over it? Today, we take a look at how using certain kinds of language when we don’t do as we planned impacts meaningful growth and how a subtle shift can make all the difference when you’re trying to change your drinking.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/83

Aug 21, 2018
Ep #82: Change Without Practice
20:56

You must practice in order to create change, right? On this episode, we take a look at the real reasons why you might be having an issue with socializing without alcohol and how regular practice can make this process (as well as any other sticking point in your journey) easier and more enjoyable.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/82

Aug 14, 2018
Ep #81: Impulse Control
25:01

On this episode, we’re talking about impulse control – the essential meta-skill for getting anything done - and how it can be applied to so many areas of your life including changing your drinking habits. I explain what you need to do in order to stop your impulses from running your day and manage them as they arise and how this will help you achieve your goals and build a better relationship with yourself in the process.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/81

Aug 07, 2018
Ep #80: My Self Coaching
31:20

On this episode, I talk about the tools that I taught myself when it came to changing my drinking. They are the tools that gave me the ability to manage my mind, respond to my urges in a different way, and learn to handle my desire instead of immediately acting on it. These are the same tools I use in many different aspects of my life that allowed me to write a book, launch a podcast, and build a successful coaching business.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/80

Jul 31, 2018
Ep #79: Your Emotional Health
33:39

On this episode of Take a Break, we take a deep dive into the topic of emotional health and take a look at why it matters. I show you what good emotional health is all about (and this may actually surprise you) and what gets in the way of achieving it. Lastly, we explore how and why you should invest in your mental health and what that looks like.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/79

Jul 24, 2018
Ep #78: The Rolodex of Excuses
24:14

On this episode, we take a look at how you regularly fall victim to your Rolodex of excuses and fail to make meaningful progress in changing your drinking habits. Join us as I explain how to identify those permission-giving thoughts, call them out for what they are, and teach your brain that you’re the one that has the ultimate authority over the decisions you make.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/78

Jul 17, 2018
Ep #77: Transition Time
27:01

On this episode, we take a look at how pouring a drink can become a marker for the end of one segment (generally work) and help you transition into a different, more relaxed part of your day. Tune in as I explain why we as human beings need markers and transitions in our everyday life and how using alcohol as a marker can get in the way when you want to change your habit of drinking.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/77

Jul 10, 2018
Ep #76: Drinking and Your To-do List
28:39

On this episode, we take a look at why your to-do lists may not be as helpful as you think and how they can actually work against you. I explain how your thinking about your to-do list may affect your desire to pour yourself a drink and give you the process you can use to turn your list into something that serves you.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/76

Jul 03, 2018
Bonus: Six-Week Solution
07:51

To find out more about The Six Week Solution self-study course, visit http://www.rachelhart.com/six-week-solution

Jun 28, 2018
Ep #75: Bridge Thoughts
28:22

On this episode, we take a deeper dive into the think-feel-act cycle and how you can actually apply it in your everyday life in a way that creates meaningful change. Listen in as I share a powerful framework that you can use to go from the thoughts that you’ve possibly been thinking your entire life to thoughts that serve you on your journey of changing your drinking habits.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/75

Jun 26, 2018
Ep #74: Losing the Desire to Drink
27:28

On this episode, we take a look at why I discourage my client from using words like abstaining when they are working on changing their drinking habits. I also explain why your desire for alcohol (or anything that tastes great to you) is so strong and outline the exact steps that you can follow in order to completely lose that desire.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/74

Jun 19, 2018
Ep #73: Why Your Enthusiasm Fades
28:16

On this episode, I show you why your enthusiasm starts to fade once you take action and why it’s absolutely normal. Tune in as I show you how you can use the think-feel-act cycle to counteract your loss of enthusiasm, stop getting caught in defeat, and see your goals through until you achieve them!

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/73

Jun 12, 2018
Ep #72: I'll Start Monday
24:57

Have you ever thought to yourself: “You know… I’ll start this on Monday (or another day)”? Today, I want to dig into what is really happening when you think this thought of delaying action and how it unfolds in the think-feel-act cycle. I explore why it’s so easy to fall into the trap of, “I’ll start tomorrow” and give you some tools that you can start using right away to finally let go of this thought.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/72

Jun 05, 2018
Ep #71: Story Editing
33:47

On this episode, we take a look at what a story and anyone’s past really is. I also share an exercise that will help you shake free of the stories that you’re telling yourself that are creating negative results for you right now to help you stop spending a lot of time and energy wishing that you could go back and change your past to feel better.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/71

May 29, 2018
Ep #70: Triggers
29:57

In this episode of Take a Break, I want to dig into the idea of triggers, or being triggered, and explain the pitfalls of this word and why you need to start to conceive of it in a different way. Listen in to find out how letting go of the idea that you’re triggered or that someone is triggering can help you with your process of changing your drinking habits and simply feeling better overall.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/70

May 22, 2018
Ep #69: Believing New Things
29:17

Today, I show you how to create new evidence when it comes to your relationship to alcohol and your ability to successfully take a break. This work will require you to challenge your thoughts, but it's vital to successfully changing the habit.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/69

May 15, 2018
Ep #68: Disappointing People
28:33

I’m diving deep into people-pleasing and the toll it can take on your state of mind. When you commit to pleasing everyone, you might think it takes the pressure off, but I’m going to tell you why the results you expect aren't the ones you get.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/68

May 08, 2018
Ep #67: Sitting at the Kids' Table
28:02

This week, I want to talk to you about what really makes something special, sexy, fancy, or sophisticated. We'll also explore how the messages you get about alcohol being "adult" and "refined" can hold you back, and how important it is to examine these beliefs and question them when you want to change the habit.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/67

May 01, 2018
Ep #66: Becoming an Observer
36:43

Join me on this episode as I walk you through the process of becoming an observer of your thoughts and emotions and explain how you can begin changing them to help you take a break in a sustainable way.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/66

Apr 24, 2018
Ep #65: Honesty
30:56

Today, I want to talk to you about honesty and your inability to be honest with yourself or people around you.  Listen in to find out why you’re having trouble being honest, why your brain thinks drinking is a good idea, the problems that it causes, and what you can do today to start overcoming it.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/65

Apr 17, 2018
Ep #64: Urges 2.0
31:00

On episode 8, we talked about urges, what they are all about, and how to handle them. This week, I want to go deeper and give you a new way to think about an urge in a very helpful way as you’re doing this work.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/64

Apr 10, 2018
Ep #63: The In-Between Time
20:21

You’ve taken a break from drinking and you’re getting amazing results. You’re enjoying yourself, not just physically but also emotionally; you're starting to see that there’s a different way of being without needing or wanting a drink. Yet, there's a part of you that feels unsettled. You can't shake the thought that sometimes it feels like you don't know who you are anymore.

I call this period “the in-between” time. You’re in the place where you’re shedding one identity and beginning to create a new one. And, unfortunately, this place of uncertainty brings up a lot of fear for people.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/63

Apr 03, 2018
Ep #62: Self-Pity
25:55

Join me this week as I explain how to use the think-feel-act cycle to prevent feelings of self-pity. You’re going to learn why feeling pity for others isn't helpful, as well as why it’s impossible to change your habits when you're allowing yourself to wallow.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/62

Mar 27, 2018
Ep #61: What Story Is Your Body Trying to Tell You?
20:01

On this episode of Take a Break from Drinking, we take a look at why you resist listening to your body and instead prefer to manufacture a sense of false confidence and sense of happiness by pouring yourself a drink. Join me as I show you how you can get started with listening to your body and the incredible changes you will experience as a result.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/61

Mar 20, 2018
Ep #60: Augmenting Positive Emotions
30:53

Tune in this week as I explain why people get into the habit of augmenting positive emotions with external rewards rather than simply enjoying them, and what you’re teaching your brain when you do, as well as the potential downsides. Discover how to tell whether you really need to augment a positive emotion, analyze your situation, and decide on the best course of action in line with your goals. I promise you, guys, by doing this work, you will be able to experience so much more joy, wonder, contentment, gratitude, and love than you can imagine!

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/60

Mar 13, 2018
Ep #59: I Deserve It
21:03

This week on the podcast, I'm discussing why thoughts like, "I deserve it" which appear kind, are actually just the brain's way of keeping the habit alive and well. By using the think-feel-act cycle you'll be able to see how to redirect your permission-giving thoughts into something that can fuel change.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/59

Mar 06, 2018
Ep #58: Using Your Past as Evidence You Can't Succeed
23:26

This week, we explore the seemingly impossible task of taking a break from drinking. Join me as I share with you the one belief you're holding on to that isn't serving you, and discover a simple, foolproof, and most importantly, accurate belief you can replace it with to help you change your drinking.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/58

Feb 27, 2018
Ep #57: What Creates Enjoyment
22:51

Join me this week as we explore the role of dopamine in your brain and teach you how to challenge your thinking when you're struggling to have a good time. I also explain the ways in which you might be hindering your progress when it comes to changing your drinking – especially if you're struggling to enjoy yourself with a glass in your hand!

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/57

Feb 20, 2018
Ep #56: Your Opinion of You
27:12

Join me this week as I delve into why your opinion of you should be your number one priority, and how focusing your energy there is the key to successfully changing the habits, like drinking, that aren't serving you. We'll explore how focusing on the results you're getting is fundamental in shifting your mindset.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/56

Feb 13, 2018
Ep #55: The Pitfalls of Isolating Yourself from Alcohol
32:01

 

The belief that you need to escape your life in order to solve your problems is incredibly common. I'll explain why this is, how this belief works in the think-feel-act cycle, and why this can cause problems when you want to take a break from drinking. 

Tune in this week as I show you how you can use situations where people are drinking to your advantage, and successfully change your desire to drink.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/55

Feb 06, 2018
Ep #54: Why I Don't Use Labels
34:40

On this episode of Take a Break from Drinking, we delve into the pros and cons of labels and why human use them to describe ourselves and others. I dissect three most-common labels connected to the struggle with alcohol, and explain why you may choose not to label yourself when it comes to the think-feel-act cycle.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/54

Jan 30, 2018
Ep #53: Why You Aren't Taking Action
26:02

Today, I want to talk about the reason why you’re still not taking action, or why you might be playing around with the idea, but not committing to change. Tune in as I share a powerful exercise to help you identify and understand the alternative option you’re weighing instead of taking it entirely off the table to commit to what you want.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/53

Jan 23, 2018
Ep #52: Compelling Reason 2.0
31:26

In Episode 22 I talked about why you need a compelling reason. Today, I want to take this work even deeper and so that you can find one that works for you, and understand how to avoid the most common mistakes. I'll also show you how to connect with your compelling reason on a regular basis to make sure you don’t fall back into your old, unwanted patterns.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/52

Jan 16, 2018
Ep #51: Why Alcohol and Food Aren't Your Friends
30:28

This week, I explain why alcohol and food are NOT your friends and how that thinking is holding you back from creating meaningful change in your life. Tune in to hear about five important thing s that food and alcohol will never be able to do for you and why you might want to consider reaching out to a flesh-and-blood friend if you’re working on changing your drinking.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/51

Jan 09, 2018
Ep #50: Choosing Discomfort
25:33

This week, we're talking about why you’re actually moving backward if you’re not growing and how changing your view of discomfort will not only set you up to have an entirely different year but how it can set you up to have an entirely different life.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/50

Jan 02, 2018
Ep #49: Settling When It Comes to Your Health
25:50

On this episode, we explore how having a regular habit of drinking may be affecting your physical wellbeing and why many of you don’t attribute it to what you’re putting in their body.

Tune in to find out why you should consider not settling when it comes to your health and see how much better you may feel after taking a break.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/49

Dec 26, 2017
Ep #48: How Questions Work in Your Brain
28:36

On this episode, we explore how you use questions – a huge part of the chatter that goes on in your mind – to keep yourselves stuck and unable to change your drinking habits. We look at what happens in your brain when you pose questions to yourself and why the odds are stacked against you.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/48

Dec 19, 2017
Ep #47: Why We Use a Drink to Rebel
26:17

Join us on this episode as we pull back the curtain on where your rebellion around drinking comes from and why it’s crucial to understand this when working on changing your habits. We also explore how using certain language can increase your desire to drink and how to begin reducing your unconsciously created rebellion that's getting in the way of taking a break.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/47

Dec 12, 2017
Ep #46: Using the Think Feel Act Cycle
37:34

This week, we’re going deep into the Cycle to take a look at how you can go from understanding the framework to actually using it as a tool. Listen in as I break down each individual part of the Cycle in detail and show you the process of how you can begin applying it to change your drinking habits and transform your life.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/46

Dec 05, 2017
Ep #45: Harnessing Metaphor
20:48

In this episode of Take a Break from Drinking, we pull back the curtain on how the language you unconsciously use to describe your feelings and urges, can actually be unhelpful. The good news is that once you understand how this process works, you can harness different metaphors to help you change your drinking.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/45

Nov 28, 2017
Ep #44: Planning for the Holidays
23:54

In this episode, we take a look at why the holidays seem to never change and what you can do to have a different experience this year, especially if you're working on taking a break from drinking. I share powerful tools and strategies that you can use this season to help you interrupt your habits and finally get the results that you want.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/44

Nov 21, 2017
Ep #43: Be Where You Are
27:35

In this session, I explain how you can learn to cultivate the skill of “being where you are” – a practice that will reveal just how often your brain goes into the negative past or negative future.

Tune in to find out how you can identify unconscious negative thoughts and emotions that contribute to how you feel and the relief that you're seeking at the end of the day.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/43

Nov 14, 2017
Take a Break: 5-Day Reset and Challenge
03:25

To join the 5-Day Reset and Challenge, visit http://www.rachelhart.com/challenge

Nov 08, 2017
Ep #42: Celebrating You
28:06

Today, we explore the power in learning how to celebrate you. We look at why we often turn to a drink to celebrate ourselves, how to start building a different skill, and the benefits of this practice.

Get full show notes and more information here:http://www.rachelhart.com/42

 

Nov 07, 2017
Ep #41: Time Alone
31:18

This week, we explore the power in of learning how to celebrate you. We'll look at why we often turn to a drink to celebrate ourselves, how to start building a different skill, and the benefits of this practice.

Don’t miss this story of how I transformed my idea of what my birthday should be to what it could be. I hope it will give you inspiration about what is possible when it comes to celebrating yourself.

Get full show notes, transcript, and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/41

Oct 31, 2017
Ep #40: The Dark Side of Blessed
26:03

Join me on this episode as we talk about how the idea of being blessed can actually work against you and may prevent you from changing your drinking. If you ever thought to yourself, “I’m so blessed… I have no right to feel this way or complain," this episode is for you.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/40

Oct 24, 2017
Ep #39: The Veneer of Alcohol
21:52

On this episode, I'll explain what's really behind the veneer of alcohol and what to do if you discover that your real life isn't as enjoyable without a drink in your hand.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/39

Oct 17, 2017
Ep #38: Your Relationships Aren't Obstacles
29:23

On this episode of Take a Break, I share why your relationships are NOT obstacles to changing your drinking and explain what really is standing in the way of change.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/38

Oct 10, 2017
Ep #37: Why You Want Things to Be Easy
29:56

On this episode of Take a Break from Drinking, I explain the science behind why your brain wants things to be easier and how to move forward.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/37

Oct 03, 2017
Ep #36: How Not to Take a Break
30:38

How you can take a break in a sustainable way, in a way that will be different than your previous attempts, and what NOT to do. Today, we get into why you should consider making a shift from focusing on removing a substance from your life to becoming a person of substance. I also cover 6 different things you should avoid doing when you want to successfully take a break, and how to turn this time into the period of meaningful personal growth and learning to understand your desire.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/36

Sep 26, 2017
Ep #35: Why You Should View Alcohol as Neutral
29:43

This week, I'm talking about a concept that sets my approach apart from others when it comes to changing your drinking: alcohol is morally neutral. No matter the costs or benefits in your life, drinking isn't a vice and abstaining isn't a virtue.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/35

Sep 19, 2017
Ep #34: Connection
28:36

On this episode, I’m going to show you that you do not need to choose between not drinking, getting the results you want in your life, or connecting with people but staying stuck with the same negative results you don’t like.

If you feel like taking a break from drinking is going to get in the way of your social life, you won’t want to miss this episode.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/34

Sep 12, 2017
Ep #33: What is Enough
28:31

On this episode, I’m going to show you why humans are built for connection and how the brain can be tricked into believing that connection isn't possible without a drink.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/33

Sep 05, 2017
Ep #32: Habit Cycle
33:07

This week, we take an in-depth look at how your habit cycle works and what you need to do in order to understand your unique signals. We explore three key ingredients that go into forming habits and how understanding yours will help you on your journey. Join me on this episode as I share a step-by-step process to help you start identifying your cues and use them to ultimately change the habit and change your desire to drink.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/32

Aug 29, 2017
Ep #31: The Willingness to Look
20:24

On this episode of Take a Break, we look at why we are so afraid to look at our problems and why it’s impossible to change course if you’re hiding from those issues. I explain how much power there is in the willingness to look head-on at whatever isn’t working in your life.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/31

Aug 22, 2017
Ep #30: I Don’t Do Emotions
28:06

On this episode, I explain why you absolutely must be willing to experience the whole spectrum of emotions if you want to use the Think, Feel, Act Cycle as a tool for changing your drinking. We cover the three main reasons why people avoid feeling certain emotions and how understanding this can help you take control of your desire to drink.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/30

Aug 15, 2017
Ep #29: How to Stop Beating Yourself Up
31:05

Discover why you beat yourself up, the detrimental effect that has on you, and why beating yourself up is doing more to keep you stuck than to change your actions. Tune in to find out how you can stop beating yourself up so that you can understand why you sometimes drink more than you want and how to change this habit.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/29

Aug 08, 2017
Ep #28: Needing Relief
32:10

Today, we're talking about why so many of us are constantly hunting for relief and turning to a drink to feel better. We'll explore exactly why you continuously need “something” to lessen the discomfort of your day-to-day life and why drinking to take the edge off is not sustainable.

Listen in to find out what you can start doing today to change the habit of drinking as means of relief without succumbing to stress, anxiety, or frustration.

Get full show notes, full transcript, and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/28

Aug 01, 2017
Ep #27: Competing Desires
26:25

Tune in and find out why the human brain is uniquely equipped to change habits and why it feels as if you are at odds with yourself when it comes to drinking.

You won’t want to miss this opportunity to understand why your brain works the way it does and how you can use this information to create meaningful change in your life.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/27

Jul 25, 2017
Ep #26: Turning Discomfort into Chaos
25:27

This week, we explore what exactly happens to us when we escalate our discomfort into chaos and how that creates seemingly irresistible urges to escape the negative emotions that come with it. Listen in to discover the process that you can use to not only to manage your desire to drink but also apply it to any problematic situation in your life.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/26

Jul 18, 2017
Ep #25: Creating vs. Consuming Fun
24:48

Today, we dive deeper into the topic of fun and explore one of the main reasons why people feel like they are missing out if they don't have a drink in their hand. Tune in as we talk about a routine that most people develop as they get older – consuming entertainment without much or any effort on their part. The habit of passively consuming fun prevents you from being able to generate fun on your own.

Join us as we look at the difference between creating and consuming fun, how shifting from consuming to creating is necessary if you want to take a break from drinking and become a more interesting person in the process.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/25

Jul 11, 2017
Ep #24: I'm No Fun without a Drink
24:55

So many people feel like changing their drinking means signing up for a life without fun. You might even think, "I'm no fun when I don’t drink" or "This event will be unbearable without a booze."

On this episode, we’re taking a look at these two thoughts and how they are keeping you stuck. Join us as I explain how to stop outsourcing the perception of fun to alcohol and learn how to start having actual fun using the Think, Feel, Act Cycle.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/24

Jul 04, 2017
Ep #23: What if I fail?
22:33

This week I am excited to show you exactly what happens to your brain when you think, “What if I fail?” and why you need to learn to deal with this thought, Join me as I explain how you can change your perspective of failure, set yourself free and keep moving toward your vision on a new you and a life that excites you.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/23

Jun 27, 2017
Ep #22: Why You Need a Compelling Reason
23:23

On this episode of Take a Break, I’m going to show you the missing piece preventing you from moving forward with your life and feeling fully in control. I’ll explain what you need to sustain you when you run head first into resistance and motivate you to keep taking action and moving forward even in you feel uncomfortable.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/22

Jun 20, 2017
Ep #21: Stop Telling Yourself You Can't Drink
21:12

This week, we’ll explore how one thought, "I just can't drink," can hold you back and keep you stuck in the never-ending cycle of feeling miserable, powerless, and probably pouring yourself a drink to escape. Tune in to find out how making a subtle change to your thinking can help you get closer to your goal of taking a break.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/21

Jun 13, 2017
Ep #20: What Creates Your Life
23:24

On this week’s episode of Take a Break, we delve into what exactly creates everything you currently have and experience in your life. We cover how easy it can be to get into a pattern of turning to alcohol (or other distractions) to feel better when you look at your life and you don’t like what you see.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/20

Jun 06, 2017
Ep #19: Understanding Your Actions
26:39

On this concluding episode of our mini-series on the Think, Feel, Act Cycle, we’re tying it all together by talking about understanding your actions and why you do the things that you do in your life. Tune in to get the complete picture of how our thoughts drive our feelings and, in turn, our feelings drive our actions.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/19

May 30, 2017
Ep #18: Understanding Your Emotions
22:38

This week, we uncover how emotions differ from our thoughts and why grasping this distinction is crucial to understanding why you drink more than you want and rely on alcohol in certain situations. I also explain how you can tell when you’re experiencing a feeling and what you can do to intentionally change how you feel.

Get full show notes, transcript, and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/18

May 23, 2017
Ep #17: Understanding Your Thoughts
28:45

This week, I explain what your thoughts really are, how to separate yourself from your thoughts and why that is so crucial to changing your thinking and unlearning your desire to drink.

Tune in to discover this episode’s important tips and strategies that will help free you from societal and cultural conditioning, increase your awareness, and get you unstuck on your journey to taking a break.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/17

May 16, 2017
Ep #16: The Power of Doing Hard Things
28:20

In this episode, I talk about how keeping your brain on autopilot and only doing the familiar, easy things in life, keeps you stuck and stunts your growth. Listen in to discover exactly why it is challenging to do difficult things and how they help you in the long run.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/15

May 09, 2017
Ep #15: There Is No Wagon
26:04

Listen in to find out why I believe letting go of the concept of being on or off "the wagon" is crucial if you want to stick with your commitment.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/15

May 02, 2017
Ep #14: The Power of Questioning Your Thoughts
22:56

In this episode, we focus on the importance of questioning your thoughts, the ones that you hold on to as the “truth,” to determine whether or not they are holding you back from achieving your goals. I explain how holding a light to your thoughts and challenging them can help you begin taking small steps toward progress and living a life that you truly deserve.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/14

Apr 26, 2017
Ep #13: Change Your Perspective, Change Your Results
27:53

This week, we revisit a few important concepts we’ve talked about on previous episodes with a focus on one of the best ways of creating lasting change in our lives. I share my personal favorite way of looking at your drinking – an exercise that will help you get the complete picture of the issue and gain a new perspective beneficial to positive change.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/13

Apr 18, 2017
Ep #12: Perfectionism and People Pleasing
22:44

Listen in as I explain why so many of us use pouring a drink to hide from perfectionism and people pleasing and why it’s so difficult to cut back.

Discover how you can break the cycle of having a drink when you “need a break” from the relentless pressure of doing everything right and trying to keep everyone happy.

Get full show note and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/12

Apr 11, 2017
Ep #11: Deprivation
25:40

On this episode of Take a Break, we look at the difference between physical and emotional deprivation and how understanding this difference can be the key to making a lasting change in our lives. I explain what deprivation is all about, what creates it, and why you don’t have to constantly tell yourself, “I’m just going to have to live with this for the rest of my life.”

Get full show notes, transcripts, and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/11

Apr 04, 2017
Ep #10: How to Change Your Past and Free Yourself from Shame
28:42

On this episode of Take a Break from Drinking, we explore how feeling shame over our past creates a vicious cycle of staying in the dark and continuing to drink even more. We also look at the sticking points of cutting back when we focus on the past and what we can do to “change our past,” as impossible as it may sound.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/10

Mar 28, 2017
Ep #9: Using Alcohol as a Crutch
24:35

Join us as I explain why it’s so important to examine how alcohol is helping us in our daily lives and how we use it to “solve” our problems quickly and easily.

If you’re considering taking a break and want to start feeling like you're making headway rather than missing out, you won’t want to miss this important episode!

Get full show notes and more information here: http://www.rachelhart.com/9

Mar 21, 2017
Ep #8: Managing Urges
30:20

Listen in as we pull back the curtain on why we feel urges and why that desire to drink may feel so strong to us. We cover why using willpower may not be the best way to deal with urges and what you can start doing today to best deal with them.

Get full show notes, transcripts, and more information here: http://bit.ly/2mhOPC4

Mar 14, 2017
Ep #7: The Unexpected Benefits of Taking a Break
29:11

Today, I share three unexpected benefits of taking a break from drinking that are going to prove that not only can you enjoy the emotional and physical perks you're already looking forward to, you can also learn to face your fears and enjoy an even better life than you have now!

Get full show notes and more information here: http://bit.ly/2lvOboM

Mar 07, 2017
Ep #6: Indecision
22:21

Today, we cover the four main reasons why we get stuck in this state of not being able to make up our mind, we explore the detrimental effects of indecision, as well as what we can do to move past it. Join us to discover the tools you can start using today to rid yourself of indecision and give yourself the best, most liberating gift that you can ever give yourself.

Get full show notes, transcripts, and more information here: http://bit.ly/2l5BOe1

Feb 28, 2017
Ep #4: Liquid Confidence
25:30

Today, we explore what confidence is all about and why it’s so easy to fall into the trap of thinking that we need a drink to feel more self-assured and at ease in social situations. We take a look at the 4 important elements that contribute to the confidence deficit and how being aware of them will help you become more self-assured.

Get full show notes, transcripts, and more information here: http://bit.ly/2kWV910

Feb 28, 2017
Ep #5: How to Handle Questions about Not Drinking
24:28

On this episode, we cover the absolute best solution to dealing with questions about not drinking that will but also fuel your commitment to staying away from alcohol.

Get full show notes, transcripts, and more information here: http://bit.ly/2lBblqN

Feb 28, 2017
Ep #3: Using a Drink to Unwind
23:46

On this episode of Take a Break, we’re talking about a common thread among people who like to drink – using alcohol to “take the edge off.”  Join me today as I explore why we use alcohol to unwind and what we’re teaching our brain when we do so.

Listen in to discover a game-changing tool that will help you find the underlying problem and what is really going on with you rather than fighting with your often overwhelming desire to drink.

Get full show notes, transcripts, and more information here: http://bit.ly/2m5Grtw

Feb 28, 2017
Ep #2: Desire: Why Willpower is Not the Answer
24:41

Today, I share with you why using willpower to try to drink less is not the answer. We also explore how our thoughts drive our feelings and why it’s important to understand that our thoughts are not always an accurate representation of reality.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://bit.ly/2kIbQNz

Feb 28, 2017
Ep #1: Why You Should Be Here
38:33

In today’s episode, I explain the 4 key pieces to my approach to taking a break from drinking, starting with how the story of alcohol is so enmeshed in our opinion of ourselves whether we decide to imbibe or not.

Listen in to learn how we’re going to work through the process of unraveling everything you think you know about why we drink and how we can control our desire for alcohol.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://bit.ly/2lCH7GA

Feb 13, 2017