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Hypnosis to Quit Smoking with Tim Thornton

Hypnosis to Quit Smoking with Tim Thornton

One hundred years ago, hypnosis was viewed as a mental state imposed on an individual by another person who manipulated excessive control. This was known as the “Svengali” method. Fifty years ago, the average person thought hypnosis was a sort of magic act in which the person being hypnotized would act in a ridiculous manner. Today, hypnosis is used to help people deal with a range of health and behavioral problems.

What is hypnosis?

To date, scientists have been unable to explain exactly what hypnosis or hypnotherapy is. The description most often used goes something like this: It is a mental state characterized by relaxation and heightened imagination. Hypnosis is not sleeping as it has so widely been portrayed, but rather daydreaming in a fully conscious state. You are intensely focused on the subject at hand. When you are in a hypnotic state, the critical or conscious side of your brain has been shut off. You are then able to accept hypnotic suggestions as fact.

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Will hypnosis help you quit smoking?

Hypnosis cannot make you do anything you don’t want to do. If you have a strong desire to give up smoking, but just can’t get through the quitting process, hypnosis could possibly be the tool you are looking for. The process of hypnosis can help you replace behaviors that trigger your desire to smoke and help to increase your will power.

Hypnosis can allow you to focus on the benefits you are gaining.

There are several ways to look for a qualified hypnotist. Start by asking friends and family. Talk to your primary care physician (PCP) and ask if they can recommend a hypnotist. View websites to find out more information about the hypnotist and all the services they offer. The hypnotist should be a certified hypnotherapist. Being a Neuro Linguistic Programming (NPL) practitioner is also important. Although each hypnotist has to start someplace, it is more beneficial to you to look for an experienced one.

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Tim Thornton tells his personal story. He wants you to feel at ease with him. He has opened his doors to help you quit smoking. Thornton’s website is chock full of information. Answering your questions before you even voice them, he is straightforward with the answers. Informing potential clients about what to expect in the initial session helps to alleviate fears and nervousness.

Not only does Tim Thornton help someone to quit smoking, he is also qualified to help with weight loss, addictions, insomnia and phobias to name a few. His blog is informative and easy to read.

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As a treatment method, hypnosis has had a somewhat controversial history. However, hypnosis has become more socially and medically acceptable since the 1950s. Today, hypnosis is used all throughout the field of medicine. Hypnosis got the blessing of Pope Pius XII in the 1950s, although he developed some new rules governing its usage. While the Catholic Church does not take hypnosis lightly, devout Catholics should still be able to benefit from hypnotherapy.

Hypnosis and Psychological Disorders

The popularity of hypnosis in modern times parallels the development of modern psychology in general. The twentieth century was a time of experimentation with new therapies, and hypnotherapy was part of that. Hypnosis itself may be as old as humanity, but using it in clinical settings is more emblematic of the twentieth century and beyond.

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The popularity of hypnosis in modern times parallels the development of modern psychology in general. The twentieth century was a time of experimentation with new therapies, and hypnotherapy was part of that. Hypnosis itself may be as old as humanity, but using it in clinical settings is more emblematic of the twentieth century and beyond.

 

Featured photo credit: You shall not smoke anymore people via echogshep.deviantart.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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