On The Rocks
Phrase: Experiencing difficulties, likely to fail.
Synonyms: In difficulty, in trouble, breaking down.


Hello! Welcome to Off The Rocks. This website will help to guide you away from difficulties, troubles and breakdowns and towards a lovely life of health and happiness.

Off The Rocks was founded and established in 2015 by Jennie Nelson; writer, broadcaster and truth-seeking, fun-lover. It’s a friendly, informative snuggly space devoted to health, wellness and overcoming addiction.

Maybe you drink too much and can’t seem to moderate?

Maybe you comfort eat too often or smoke when you’d rather stop?

Perhaps you’re depending on sleeping pills and caffeine because you can’t sleep at night or get going in the morning?

Maybe your relationships are suffering and your health is spiralling, you’re overstressed and underwhelmed and can’t seem to get on top of things?

We all know that good health – physical, mental and emotional – is absolutely imperative to living a happy life, yet so many of us are unintentionally and continuously sabotaging ourselves in all manner of ways. Seeking happiness in things that disrupt our health and actively cause our unhappiness. Things such as junk food, late nights and booze binges.

I want to encourage people to reclaim all aspects of their lives and value their health so highly that the thought of destructive excess loses all allure.

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 you don’t want to escape from.

When I first decided to undergo a long-term sober stint – total abstention from alcohol, for at least a few years and perhaps forever – I was full of dread, fear and feelings of deprivation, but after a while I realised how pivotal that decision was. It was only once I’d shelved alcohol that I was truly capable of sorting the rest of my life out. I then saw with absolute clarity how most people are addicted to something, and how the majority of those people are in denial about it.

Addictions are essentially escapes from pain. The pain and the dependency will vary in specifics and severity from person to person, but we all endure painful experiences and we all learn to cope with our discomfort one way or another. All too often though, we develop unhealthy coping techniques that create more problems.

The good news is, it’s completely possible, enjoyable even, to change our habits, even very deeply ingrained ones, and you don’t have to hit rock bottom before you do something about it either. You can start now.

You can begin with the very next decision you make. You can decide at any moment that there’s a happier way for you to live.

The blogs on here are written from the perspective of my own personal experience, opinion and knowledge base at the time of writing. As is natural, my opinions may evolve over time. I am not a representative of any organisation other than my own: Off The Rocks. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, drop us a line: theteam@offtherocks.co.uk

I hope what you find here helps, inspires and perhaps reignites that fire in your belly to improve your lifestyle in some way. Everything you need to live your healthiest, happiest, most beautiful life is already within you.

I’m so glad you’re here!

Big love, Jen.