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Emotional Badasses are survivors, thrivers, seekers, and healers! Expand and awaken to your higher purpose, be more present and authentic, find strength in spirituality, quiet the monkey mind of modern society with meditation, and connect deeply with yourself and safe others. We let go of what doesn't serve us to heal old wounds, find our voice guilt-free, and learn to be the hero in our own story, embrace guerrilla self care, and laugh with lightness on the self development path. This show ...
 
Do you ever say, "I'm never drinking again!", but then you drink again? There are many reasons why this happens, and none of them are that we're weak-willed losers. Gill was a daily drinker who had it all together. She had a good marriage and a job as a biochemist. On the outside her drinking appeared to not be that bad, but on the inside she suffered with massive anxiety and suicidal thoughts. Pushed to her breaking point, she accepted she is not someone who can ever drink. With a MS in Bio ...
 
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Gill welcomes Amanda E. White to the podcast. Amanda is a licensed therapist and the author of the book “Not Drinking Tonight: A Guide to Creating A Sober Life You Love.” Not drinking is just the beginning of improving our lives. We also have to learn things like how to deal with emotions, how to set and maintain healthy boundaries, and how to take…
 
Gill discusses why we drink. Our motivation for drinking matters and a recent study found that why we drink coincides with the development of alcohol use disorder. She covers the main reasons why people drink: to cope with mental health and negative emotions, to unwind after work and deal with stress, to socialize, and to cope with stress from pare…
 
Gill discusses Dry January and how a month-long challenge can help you. You’ll learn the physical and mental health benefits of giving up alcohol for 30 days, a bit of the history of Dry January and how popular it is, and how giving up alcohol for a month can greatly improve your self-efficacy or your belief in yourself. She never did a month-long …
 
We practice saying goodbye to what no longer serves us. We learn to let go of worry for the sake of worry. We let go of covid strategy stressing, let go of perfectionism, of caring what other people think, of people pleasing tendencies, of fear of loneliness, denying intuition, and influencer enabling of dysfunctional ideals. We instead give a happ…
 
Gill discusses romanticizing alcohol. You’ll learn why we selectively remember the positive memories of our drinking, why the negative memories fade away, and how this can lead us to drink again. She found a very cool study to tell you about too, that looked at how quickly negative memories fade for moderate drinkers versus heavy drinkers. And if y…
 
Gill welcomes Nikki Eisenhauer to the podcast. Nikki is a licensed psychotherapist, life coach, and the host of the Emotional Badass Podcast. If you struggle with alcohol, then it's highly likely that you also struggle with handling emotions in a healthy way. Gill loves the way that Nikki discusses emotions in her podcast, and knew her expertise wo…
 
Gill discusses non-alcoholic drinks. Some people love them, and some people think they ruin your sobriety. In this episode she explains why non-alcoholic drinks can be so triggering and how they activate the reward center. You’ll learn if it’s safe to consume drinks that have a tiny bit of alcohol in them, why you might get a fake buzz from non-alc…
 
Gill welcomes Dr. Anna Lembke to the podcast. Dr. Lembke is a professor of psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine and chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic. Her new book, Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence (Dutton/Penguin Random House, August 2021), an instant New York Times bestseller, …
 
In this week's episode I discuss gratitude as a heart centered lifestyle and walk you through how to intend and feel the healing emotions of gratitude and compassion in the heart. We explore dogs as man's best friend and commit to love ourselves as they love us, unconditionally. To get exclusive episodes and join the monthly video livestream visit …
 
Gill discusses how sleep changes from when we’re drinking to long term sobriety. She explains how alcohol impacts sleep, how sleep changes in withdrawal and early sobriety, and when you can expect your sleep to fully recover. You’ll learn how lack of sleep while we’re drinking exacerbates the damage alcohol causes to the brain, how insomnia impacts…
 
In this week's episode I discuss why vs. how as a healing tool of action in healing, identifying the holes that childhood trauma creates so that we no longer trip into them as people and as parents. We explore choices not power struggles, owning our human flaws, owning reactivity with a simple plan, exploring what we model for the children who watc…
 
Gill discusses resilience. Being able to get through hardship without self-destructing is key for maintaining our sobriety. She explains what resilience is, some research on how this impacts sobriety, and other skills that contribute to resilience and staying sober. At the end of the episode she will go over 5 tips for developing resilience if this…
 
Exploring the physical, mental, emotional signs of worry as well as worry as weather. When worry is normalized we can no longer separate worry from living, worry from loving, etc.. Learn to recognize the signs of exhaustive worry to find your empowerment to choose where your energy goes and where it doesn't. The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman…
 
Gill celebrated 2 years of sobriety on November 9th, 2021. In this episode, she will discuss how sobriety has changed for her from the first to the second year, obsessing about sobriety, intrusive thoughts about alcohol, an all or nothing mindset, and how to achieve balance in your sobriety. What to listen to next: E55: How to Power Through When Yo…
 
In this episode, we break down the impossibility of trauma dumping on a professional therapist and how to take care of your sweet self with compassion if you recognize that past trauma and struggle seems to flood out at inopportune times. You are worth deep self compassion and emotional self acceptance as you walk your healing journey. For exclusiv…
 
Gill continues our conversation about trauma from last week's episode. She discusses a couple interesting studies about how trauma impacts our ability to regulate our emotions, and how not being able to regulate your emotions leads to relapse. You’ll learn how trauma impacts the way the brain responds to emotions, how this can lead to addiction, an…
 
What grounding is, and the part 2 follow up to our first grounding technique. This simple exercise can be done right now to calm and center mind and body. With practice, we let go of hyper vigilance and teach ourselves how to feel safe. For exclusive audio episodes and to join our monthly video livestream, visit https://www.patreon.com/emotionalbad…
 
Gill discusses how trauma increases the risk of developing an addiction. She reviews an interesting study from 2021 that looked at how trauma impacts the amount of pleasure a person will feel from drugs. You’ll learn how childhood trauma changes the way animals and humans experience pain, another reason why we can never become take it or leave it d…
 
Gill discusses the balance between how we believe alcohol is benefitting us and the consequences it's bringing to our lives. This balance is what helps moderate drinkers know when to stop, but sometimes this balance can be disrupted and the negative consequences just don’t seem to be that bad. In this episode you’ll learn about how the brain balanc…
 
Gill discusses how alcohol shrinks the brain and what that actually means. She explains how alcohol shrinks the brain, how this impacts our cognitive function, and how the brain recovers with sobriety. You’ll learn about some genetic factors that make us more vulnerable to abusing alcohol and what happens when alcohol causes permanent brain damage.…
 
Gill discusses decision making. She explains how the damage alcohol abuse causes to the brain relates to damage caused by a type of traumatic brain injury. You’ll learn how the brain makes decisions, how alcohol abuse changes our decision making, and what you can do to make better decisions and protect your sobriety. As a listener of Sober Powered …
 
Understanding fear and our personal relationships with it is an important part of growth and recovery. Some fear is functional some fear is dysfunctional and we ground and support our life's journey when we embrace learning the difference vs. giving in to the desires of fear that don't always serve us. To sign up for the Boundaries Course: https://…
 
Gill discusses stress, cortisol and cravings. She explain how our stress response system works, and how alcohol changes this response and our hormones. You’ll learn how alcohol impacts our cortisol levels, how this impacts our cravings for alcohol, and what this means for people trying to stay sober. At the end of this episode you'll see how this t…
 
How and where to start the therapeutic process while managing perfectionism, anxiety, fears, and frustrations with a good enough healer. Learning to speak authentically and live in the 'gray' while moving from surviving to thriving. Only 4 more days to use code: EARLYBIRD21 for $100 off this years boundaries course! https://www.emotionalbadass.com/…
 
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