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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.

 

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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