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 Master 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. It IS possible to feel confident, fun, and relaxed without a glass in your hand! 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 Rachel's 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 #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

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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