Quitting smoking can be hard. Most smokers could kick themselves for smoking that first cigarette and wish they had never started. Which begs the question, why did you start?
Three Reasons You Start Smoking
There are three main reasons most people start smoking.
1. To identify or connect with an authority figure
You may have started smoking to identify with a parent, a favorite Uncle, or someone else in your life that represents an Authority to you.
2. To identify or connect with a peer group
Many people find themselves wanting to be like their friends, or a group of people they want ot be friends with. The “cool” kids.
3. To take control or rebel against an authority figure
Often Teens start smoking to rebel against the authority in their life. For many that start smoking later in life (older than 20), it’s about taking control in a situation where they feel out of control
You may find yourself in one or more of the categories above. In the end, all three of these reasons that people begin to smoke are really about one thing - Feeling safe and secure.
The Subconscious Mind
90% of your behaviours - breath, heart beat, habits, etc - all of these are controlled by your subconscious mind who has one job - to keep you safe and secure. Safe and secure doesn’t necessarily mean comfortable or healthy. The main reason people find it hard to quit smoking is that, at a deep level, it makes them feel safe and secure. What if you were able to convince the subconscious mind that it no longer served you to smoke? What if you could become as if you had never smoked?
Smoking Cessation with Hypnosis
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests it will take 8 to 11 attempts before finding success. A typical smoker will try a variety of approaches: cold turkey, nicotine replacement (nicotine patch, nicotine gum, etc), medications (Chantix, Wellbutrin, etc), or even e-cigarettes. After a smoker has tried everything else, they use Hypnosis. Research shows that the success rate for Hypnosis can rise above 80% when done correctly, as compared to cold turkey (5%), Chantix (14%), or nicotine replacement products (25%)
When you work with me to let go of smoking we use a three session protocol over a period of three weeks to get at the core issues of your habit and release it. We allow your subconscious mind to choose which date to quit, either at the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd session. I find that the more motivated and intelligent you are, the easier it is for you to let go.
Letting go of smoking is one of the most powerful changes you make in your life. Use Hypnosis to make the change easy.
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Weight Loss and other health related goals are one of the most common reasons a client comes to Hypnosis. Whether one looks to stay motivated about working out or wants to change their diet, Hypnosis can help.
Losing weight is one of the most complex and nuanced issues to deal with. It’s not only about what you eat, it’s about how much you eat, how much you move your body, even how well you sleep. Beyond the external, physical things we do to let go of weight, clients often have deep seated beliefs they hold about themselves that get in the way of creating the healthy lifestyle they desire.
When working with weight loss clients I use a holistic approach. Every client is different and your journey won’t be the same as the next, however I’ve found the following five approaches work best.
1. Focus On Attitude
Having a positive attitude can make all the difference as you make big changes in your life. But how do you do that? Remember, this is a lifestyle change, not a diet. You aren’t sacrificing anything but gaining a great deal. As you shift your thinking it helps to keep your focus on moving towards your definition of health. For example, drinking soda moves you away while drinking water moves you towards health.
2. Focus On Health
You can lose weight and still be unhealthy. Although everyone’s definition of a healthy lifestyle is different there are some basic ways to move towards health. By updating the food you eat, increasing exercise and movement, reducing stress in your life, and getting enough sleep, your you improve your health and naturally lose excess weight.
3. Focus On Activity
Clients serious about creating a more healthy lifestyle go beyond the token weekly workout. They know that a healthy lifestyle is an active lifestyle and find creative ways to keep moving. They may park on the far side of the parking lot to walk more, they may take the stairs rather than the elevator. There are many ways to bring activity in your life including membership at a gym, working with a personal trainer, practicing yoga, working out with a friend (running, walking, racquetball, etc). Again, there is no one right way. It’s about what is right for you.
4. Focus On Real Food
Changing the way you eat isn’t about calories or the latest fad diet, it’s about the quality of your food. Use whole foods, as close to their natural state as possible. Eat when you’re hungry and until you are satisfied (not full). And start with baby steps. If you eat most of your meals at restaurants begin to stay in and cook for yourself one day a week. Increase that until you’re eating 50 percent whole foods, then 60, 70, and 80. Keep changing your habits until 90 percent of your intake is whole foods
5. Focus On Your Motivation
Get real with yourself. Why exactly do you want to get healthier? Make a list of everything you’ll gain by increasing your health and focus on that. Understand and let go of the inner beliefs and limitations that hold you back from the life you want. Create the vision of the future that you are living into.
This last step is crucial for permanent success. Without letting go of the inner beliefs that holds one back the old habits and old ways of being are likely to return.
Hypnosis can help!
My most successful clients know why they want to get healthy and are motivated to succeed. Together we create a plan using Hypnosis to address all of the above aspects of health. Watching a client with an uncertain attitude suddenly change their perspective to one of confidence and perseverance is one of my greatest joys.
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Hypnosis is a state of mind, some call it a state of trance, that allows for incredible things to happen. Stage Hypnotists use hypnosis to create physical sensations, temporary amnesia, and even waking hallucinations. Some Hypnotists work with law enforcement to help witnesses remember forgotten details of an event. Hypnotherapists use the state to create amazing and permanent change with their clients, typically in a very short amount of time.
Mirriam-Webster has the following definition:
"a trance-like state that resembles sleep but is induced by a person whose suggestions are readily accepted by the subject"
Yet hypnosis is not sleep. It is not even a state of eye closure. We are hypnotized many times throughout the day when we are entranced by media, daydreaming, or even driving.
I use the following definition:
“A state of focused concentration that allows one to use an engaged imagination to send instructions to the subconscious mind.”
The imagination is the realm of the subconscious, as logic is the realm of the conscious mind. As a Hypnotherapist I use my words to focus my clients minds and guide their imagination to create imagery that allows the subconscious to make internal change at a level usually unavailable. This allows the client to make large changes in a short amount of time.
It’s not magic, but it sometimes feels like it.
Are you ready to explore how Hypnosis can create change in your life? Contact me now to set up a free consultation.