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Off The Rocks was founded in 2015 by Jennie Nelson; writer, broadcaster and truth-telling trailblazer. It’s a friendly and informative snuggly space devoted to all things health related. No topic is off-limits, and all will be approached with love, compassion, and a healthy dose of self-deprecating humour. "I created Off The Rocks after I’d gone through my own struggle with anxiety, depression, excess and addiction. I saw first-hand how recovery from those sorts of problems is not straight-forward, how hard it can be to find the right help and how much work it takes to regain health and happiness once you’ve been derailed. Recovering your health isn’t just about stopping your self-destructive behaviours. It’s about discovering why you were self-destructing in the first place. It’s about identifying exactly what it was that you were trying to numb out from. It’s about addressing the underlying issues and creating a life that you love to live – a life that you don’t want to escape from". Jen's podcast co-host Is Sara Lewis. They met in late 2018, and got along so famously they decided to record a podcast together within hours of meeting. Which is a totally run of the mill, normal thing to do. Sara is training to be a psychotherapist, so brings her psychological perspective to proceedings, as well as some bad jokes and much admired llama hair do. New episodes every Thursday. Find out more about Off The Rocks at www.offtherocks.co.uk.

Off The Rocks was founded in 2015 by Jennie Nelson; writer, broadcaster and truth-telling trailblazer. It’s a friendly and informative snuggly space devoted to all things health related. No topic is off-limits, and all will be approached with love, compassion, and a healthy dose of self-deprecating humour. "I created Off The Rocks after I’d gone through my own struggle with anxiety, depression, excess and addiction. I saw first-hand how recovery from those sorts of problems is not straight-forward, how hard it can be to find the right help and how much work it takes to regain health and happiness once you’ve been derailed. Recovering your health isn’t just about stopping your self-destructive behaviours. It’s about discovering why you were self-destructing in the first place. It’s about identifying exactly what it was that you were trying to numb out from. It’s about addressing the underlying issues and creating a life that you love to live – a life that you don’t want to escape from". Jen's podcast co-host Is Sara Lewis. They met in late 2018, and got along so famously they decided to record a podcast together within hours of meeting. Which is a totally run of the mill, normal thing to do. Sara is training to be a psychotherapist, so brings her psychological perspective to proceedings, as well as some bad jokes and much admired llama hair do. New episodes every Thursday. Find out more about Off The Rocks at www.offtherocks.co.uk.
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Off The Rocks was founded in 2015 by Jennie Nelson; writer, broadcaster and truth-telling trailblazer. It’s a friendly and informative snuggly space devoted to all things health related. No topic is off-limits, and all will be approached with love, compassion, and a healthy dose of self-deprecating humour. "I created Off The Rocks after I’d gone through my own struggle with anxiety, depression, excess and addiction. I saw first-hand how recovery from those sorts of problems is not straight-forward, how hard it can be to find the right help and how much work it takes to regain health and happiness once you’ve been derailed. Recovering your health isn’t just about stopping your self-destructive behaviours. It’s about discovering why you were self-destructing in the first place. It’s about identifying exactly what it was that you were trying to numb out from. It’s about addressing the underlying issues and creating a life that you love to live – a life that you don’t want to escape from". Jen's podcast co-host Is Sara Lewis. They met in late 2018, and got along so famously they decided to record a podcast together within hours of meeting. Which is a totally run of the mill, normal thing to do. Sara is training to be a psychotherapist, so brings her psychological perspective to proceedings, as well as some bad jokes and much admired llama hair do. New episodes every Thursday. Find out more about Off The Rocks at www.offtherocks.co.uk.

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Episodes

Episode 25: Dating, Failed Relationships & Being Disappointed with Dolly

4/18/2019
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Episode Notes Episode Twenty Five: Dating, Failed Relationships & Being Disappointed with Dolly Sara’s all loved up at the moment (so is Jen but she doesn’t bang on about it half as much). So the topic of convo today is mostly about relationships; how to get into them, how to stay in them and how to spectacularly fail at them. Both Jen and Sara have extensive experience in that department and they’re not afraid to exploit it in the name of podcast fodder. They also chat about the...

Duration:00:55:50

Episode 24: Ethical Dilemmas, Frog Collections & E.T.

4/11/2019
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Episode Notes Episode Twenty Four: Ethical Dilemmas, Frog Collections & E.T. What do you do when someone gives you a gift (an ornamental frog, for instance) that you don’t like? What do you do when that person keeps giving you gifts (several ornamental frogs) that you don’t like? Do you lean into it, get a few display cabinets and become a reluctant collector or do you have a word with them? Jen and Sara discuss this tricky ethical dilemma and ultimately decide that it’s all about...

Duration:00:55:12

Episode 23: Good Loving, Bad Reviews & Subpar Post Offices

4/4/2019
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Episode Notes Episode Twenty Three: Good Loving, Bad Reviews & Subpar Post Offices In this episode Jen and Sara give advice to a listener who’s still single at 35 and worried about being left on the shelf forever. He wonders if his standards are too high and we agree that they probably are. ‘If you want to get into a relationship, all you have to do is lower your standards sufficiently.’ That’s the basic gist of our amazing advice and you can’t argue with that. Jen realises she’s had a...

Duration:00:58:43

Episode 22: Polyamory, Gayness & Boobs

3/28/2019
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Episode Notes In this episode Jen and Sara help another listener out with some great advice. (We use the word ‘help’ very loosely and ‘great advice’ is also a bit strong.) Concerned Of Yorkshire wants him and his hubs to open their relationship up to a wider audience, but wonders if that’s wise. So we discuss the pros and cons of polyamory, whether we’d do it ourselves and, if we did, what our boundaries might be. Sara chats about her experiences of coming out as gay and Jen ponders how...

Duration:01:05:55

Episode 21: Vaginas, Boundaries and More Vaginas

3/21/2019
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Episode Notes This episode was meant to be about boundaries, but was much more about vaginas. Jen and Sara did, valiantly, try to cycle back to boundaries a couple of times, but ended up right back on vaginas again; how to take care of them, the importance of regular cervical screenings, the way the word ‘vagina’ is misused as a descriptor. So keen for women to go for their smear tests that Sara volunteered to do them. (Fair Warning: that offer had more to do with her being a randy,...

Duration:00:59:18

Episode 20: Sober Weddings, Baths, Bells & Whistles

3/14/2019
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Episode Notes Episode Twenty: Sober Weddings, Baths, Bells & Whistles In this episode Jen and Sara answer a great email from a lovely listener about sober weddings. They discuss how to remain happily sober in overwhelming, booze-centric situations. How to handle those pesky drink-pushers. And the importance of accommodating teetotal guests. And then things take a bit of a turn; with no conversational framework in place they drift into chitchatting about some very dubious topics indeed....

Duration:00:50:50

Episode 19: Jen & Ruby Get Sober Curious

3/7/2019
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In this episode Jen chats to Ruby Warrington. Ruby is a lifestyle writer and former features editor of Sunday Times Style. She is the creator of The Numinous; an outrageously popular online magazine. CoFounder of CLUB SÖDA NYC; a sober curious events club. And author of two books: ‘Material Girl, Mystical World’ and ‘Sober Curious’. It's Ruby's new book, Sober Curious, that Jen asks her all about in this podcast. The sober curious movement has gained massive momentum over the last few...

Duration:00:50:31

Episode 18: Therapists, Camp Beds & Pretty Pebbles

2/28/2019
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In this week's podcast Jen chats to Sara about therapists; the good, the bad and the ones who sit on chairs in overly flamboyant ways. When it comes to therapy and finding a good therapist there are lots of different modalities, lots of preferences, lots of personal likes and dislikes. For instance, Jen prefers her therapists to have a comfy chair, but she'll settle for a fold-up camp bed. Sara prefers not to be geography-shamed or called a dyke. (Fussy.) Seriously though, Sara is...

Duration:00:58:35

Episode 17: Sex Lines, Stalkers & The Pattinson Effect

2/21/2019
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Episode Seventeen: Sex Lines, Stalkers & The Pattinson Effect This week Jen and Sara thought they'd 'just start talking' and see where the conversation went. Obviously, it went directly to: "Have you ever called a sex line?" And from there it went to Sara's experiences as a Cam Girl, Jen's experiences with psycho stalkers, how condescending cats can be, the magnificence of Robert Pattinson (specifically in vampire mode) and how to write a book. This is not your average podcast; these two...

Duration:00:59:54

Episode 16: Flakey Friends, Codependent Cats & Winning at Wifing

2/14/2019
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Episode Notes In this episode Jen and Sara answer an email from a listener who's feeling unsupported since she stopped drinking. Both Jen and Sara they said they couldn't relate to that problem at all, and then proceeded to rattle off several personal anecdotes to the contrary. After a busy few days at work, Sara struggled to string sentences together during this podcast, which probably wasn't helped by her cat pratting about with a bell in the background. Jen, meanwhile, was outed for...

Duration:00:48:43

Episode 15: Can We Talk About Anxiety?

2/7/2019
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Episode Notes In this week’s podcast Jen and Sara chat about anxiety. How common it is, what it means to them, how they experience it and what they do to cope with it. Sara takes daily meds for hers, (as lots of people do) Jen doesn’t. They explore how anxiety manifests itself in different ways at different times for different people. They ponder how some people derive comfort from spiritual aids such as crystals, tarot cards and clairvoyants and other people dismiss them. And how that’s...

Duration:01:00:11

Episode 14: Dry Jan & Other Sober Stints

2/1/2019
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In this episode Jen and Sara talk about the phenomenon of Dry January and sober stints in general. Jen recalls that time she did a year sober only to pick up exactly where she’d left off, because she did no underlying work during that time. And how different things were when she took a break for 3+ years but did ALL THE WORK. (Turns out, you actually have to change things if you want things to change. Weird.) Sara explains, from a therapist’s point of view, how we’re all responsible for...

Duration:00:53:31

Episode 13: Let’s Call Her…Gwenda!

2/1/2019
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In this episode Jen and Sara answered an email (although Jen kept referring to it as a letter because she’s old skool and surprisingly out of touch, tech-wise, for a media grad). To protect the sender’s anonymity they gave her another name; a name that doesn’t even exist apparently, though it sounds like it should. For an episode that covers such heavy-hitting topics as: the ‘alcoholic’ label, neuroplasticity experiments and how to deal with non-supportive people, there are a lot of laughs....

Duration:00:55:34

Episode 12: Breaking Bad Habits

2/1/2019
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In this episode of the Off The Rocks Podcast Jen and Sara chat about habits; making them, maintaining them, breaking them and ultimately replacing them with better ones. They chat about whether they think addiction is inherent or whether it’s learnt behaviour. How fiendishly hard they found it to stop smoking. How their relationship with alcohol has radically changed over the years. And how romantic relationships can suffer when addictive tendencies are left unaddressed. They end the...

Duration:00:53:09