So, You’ve Decided To Become a Non-Smoker

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So, You’ve Decided To Become a Non-Smoker 5 Steps To Becoming a Non-Smoker (Even If You’ve Tried Quitting Before) As you would imagine, one of the key requests that hypnotherapists receive is to assist people to stop smoking. Many people reach the point where they logically know that smoking is bad for them and that it is time to quit, yet seem to struggle with finally telling the habit to butt out. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to run a series of blog posts that will explore what steps you need to take to help you finally get to the point where you can become a non-smoker. It isn’t uncommon for me to meet people who have stopped smoking before but who then went on to fall back into the smoking trap. It might’ve been a stressful situation. It might’ve been a friend who convinced them that ‘just one won’t hurt’. It might’ve been just a moment in time when it all just felt too hard. Whatever the reason, it started up again and that moment of defeat can often feel like becoming a non-smoker is almost impossible. Let me tell you though, many people relapse after they’ve…

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Facts About Habits That Might Surprise You

By ACT, Addiction, Habits, Smoking Cessation

Facts About Habits That Might Surprise You I want you to imagine that you’ve just woken up in the morning. What’s the first thing you do? Do you head to the bathroom first? Do you make yourself a coffee? Do you start off each day with a meditation or mindfulness exercise? When you have a shower or bath, how do you dry yourself off? What about how you get dressed? For many people, this exercise highlights one vital point; they have a habit of doing the same thing as part of their ‘morning routine’ each day. Within each morning, there are a series of habits that help them to structure their morning and to get things done. This article has collected some interesting facts about habits that may make you look at them and what you do a little differently. What is a habit? A habit is a routine of behaviour (action) that is repeated regularly and tends to occur subconsciously with very little conscious decision involved. It is repeated over time and generally done in the same way for the same reason each time. If I was to ask you to describe in great detail each step of how…

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It’s Time To Manage My Weight Again…

By Addiction, Habits, Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy, Mindful Eating, Mindfulness, Weight Management

It’s Time To Manage My Weight Again Weight Management has always been an important topic to me. When I first started up the Release Hypnosis website a couple of years back, the first blog that I wrote looked at how I lost my weight and how I managed to keep it off. Realistically, I’ve been fairly successful at keeping it off over that time too and I can confidently say that I’ve managed to avoid becoming as heavy as I was then again. Then again, we are always constantly in changing situations and, with that, we can often find that old habits can resurface if we don’t bring an awareness to them. Over the past few months, my weight has begun to creep back on. I’m sure we’re all familiar with that feeling of stepping out of the shower, seeing ourselves in the mirror and feeling like we’re not being the best version of ourselves that we can be. This week, I’m making a change. I’m going back to basics. I’m stepping in on my habits now and making changes before I find myself in a state that makes me feel disappointed with myself, robs me of my self-esteem and…

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Getting Mental Health On The Line – Weekending 27/8/17

By Counselling, Grief, Habits, Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy, LGBTQI, Mental Health, OUTthink, Therapy

Getting Mental Health On The Line – Weekending 27/08/17 Getting Mental Health On The Line is our weekly post that acts as an additional resource for both clients and fellow therapists alike. This week, we’re presenting some of the best from the past week featuring topics as diverse as counselling skills, Jungian Archetypes philosophy, Reality Therapy, creating morning habits, a look at the psychological impact of the marriage equality postal survey and, lastly, even a bit of Ericksonian work to deal with grief. Counselling Practical Basics By Marc de Bruin Your Amazing Brain – BB4 Thinking differently By Your Amazing Brain 3.0 Information and exploration about the brain and how to use that information in daily life and psychotherapeutic practice. See the whole series and much more at 10 Morning Routine Habits of Successful People By Practical Psychology Jungian Archetypes and Personality By AllCEUs Counseling Education Ericksonian Hypnotic Storytelling: The Farmer: Bedtime Story Which Helps The Grieving Process By Dan Jones Hypnosis This Ericksonian hypnotic bedtime story is about a farmer and his experiences of farming and of having a family. Not only does this bedtime story help you to sleep, but if you need it to with regular…

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Getting Mental Health On The Line – Weekending 21/05/17

By Habits, Happiness, Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy, Motivation, Self Hypnosis

Getting Mental Health On The Line – Weekending 21/05/17 This is a weekly post to act as an additional resource for both clients and fellow therapists alike. This week, we’re presenting some of the best from the past week featuring topics as diverse as dealing with feeling overwhelmed, a look at unconscious communication, self-hypnosis, creating a morning routine, getting towards a happier life and lastly, a look at technology and it’s effects on mental health. If you have a video that you would like featured in our weekly roundup, then drop Lawrence a line with a link to your video. What To Do When You Feel Overwhelmed By Jordan Bach Feeling overwhelmed and anxious because you have so much to do? Here’s how to calm down – without giving up. How To Understand Unconscious Communication For Hypnosis – Scott Jansen By Scott Jansen Academy During this private training with Scott Jansen, he reveals some secret tricks to learn how to understand unconscious communication for hypnosis that will allow you the Hypnotist to talk directly to the unconscious mind of your clients, without the use of language patterns or long winded techniques. This turns the student into the master hypnotist overnight….

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Book Review: The Five Second Rule

By Anxiety, Confidence, Habits, Relationships

Review: The Five Second Rule – Mel Robbins “The Moment you have an instinct to act on a goal you must 5-4-3-2-1 and physically move or your brain will make you stop.” There is something so simple about Mel Robbin’s ‘Five Second Rule’ that it would be very easy to dismiss it. Being realistic here, this book could’ve easily been about half the size of what it actually is. The ‘five-second rule’ principle itself is taught thoroughly within one chapter and the remaining 15 chapters are generally made up of explanations, practical uses and testimonials from people who have used it. That would be the advantage of being one of the most booked female speakers globally is that Mel Robbin’s has had the ability to get in front of people… A LOT of people. She is also very vivacious and has one of those personalities where you find yourself thinking, ‘you know what… I wouldn’t mind having a drink at a bar with Mel and just chatting about life.’ There is something infectiously likeable about her and I think that has resonated with the many audiences that she has been in front of over time. Mel begins ‘The Five Second…

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10 Reasons Some Of Us Should Cut Back On Alcohol

By Addiction, Habits

Ten reasons some of us should cut back on alcohol Steve Allsop, Curtin University and Tina Lam, Curtin University At this time of year, alcohol promotions, sales and consumption are prominent. Many of us enjoy celebrating a year ended, work and family gatherings, a holiday and a time to kick back and relax. But it can also be a time when we experience adverse consequences of our own or someone else’s drinking. Many of us don’t treat alcohol with the respect the drug demands. Some of us seriously underestimate how much we drink, so perhaps the first step to deciding if we need to cut back is to consider how many standard drinks are in that glass of wine, beer or spirit. A miscalculation increases the risk of drinking outside the low risk guidelines. Pouring your own drinks, topping up a glass before it’s finished, or not paying attention to your consumption influences whether you drink more than intended. Here are some reasons why you might think about cutting down on drinking. 1. Improving your health Reducing alcohol means you might find it easier to manage your weight. Some drinks have as many calories as high fat foods. In one…

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Getting Mental Health On The Line – Weekending 05/03/17

By Addiction, Anxiety, Confidence, Depression, Habits, Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy, LGBTQI, Mindfulness, NLP, OUTthink, Relationships

Getting Mental Health On The Line – Weekending 05/03/17 This is a weekly post to act as an additional resource for both clients and fellow therapists alike. This week, we’re presenting some of the best from the past week featuring topics as diverse as mindfulness, rushing relationships, speaking with confidence using NLP, a look at mental health and addiction issues, overcoming depression and anxiety, addressing the rather silly idea that hypnosis is linked to witchcraft, and lastly, the latest OUTthink (produced by yours truly) which talks about the challenges and rewards of being vulnerable, open and authentic for gay men. Yep, it’s a big one! If you have a video that you would like featured in our weekly roundup, then drop Lawrence a line with a link to your video. How to ‘Live Your Truth’ & Become A Mindful Leader In The World, With Dawa Tarchin Phillips By Mrs Mindfulness We live in tumultuous times, don’t we? But each one of us has the capacity to take a stand, in our own lives, for what really matters. That’s being a mindful leader, and the world really needs mindful leaders right now. I believe mindful leadership is perhaps the most important…

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Simple Thinking In a Complex World Is a Recipe For Disaster

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Simple thinking in a complex world is a recipe for disaster David Green, Monash University Ants are simple creatures. They live by simple rules: if you see a scrap of food, pick it up; if you see a pile of food, drop the food you are carrying. Out of such simple behaviour, an ant colony emerges. We humans are like the ants. For all our sophistication, we react to the world in simple ways. Our world is complex, but our ability to cope with it is limited. We seek simple solutions that hide or ignore the complexity. The result is that our actions often have unintended side-effects. These produce unwelcome trends, accidents and disasters. Our senses are constantly bombarded with far more data than our brains can process. Our sensory systems filter it, extracting features, such as movement, that we need to make sense of our surroundings. The limits of short-term memory further increase the need to simplify. The psychologist George Miller found that short-term memory can process only a few chunks of information at a time (the so-called “seven-plus-or-minus two” rule). Given a string of random letters, you might recall just seven at a time, but if the letters…

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Why Do Our Friends Want Us To Drink And Dislike It When We Don’t?

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Why do our friends want us to drink and dislike it when we don’t? Simon Lenton, Curtin University Anyone who has ever tried to give up drinking, or goes somewhere and says they’re not drinking, knows people encourage us to drink and are unhappy when we don’t. Why is this? Is it uniquely Australian? What can we do about it? The phenomenon of people experiencing pressure to drink in social situations has been identified in many countries around the world, not just in Australia. Research on negative reactions to non-drinking and non-drinkers has been reported in countries including the USA, Mexico, Peru, New Zealand, Japan, African countries, and Finland. Within countries, drinking norms also often vary from one social or cultural group to another. Doing what our mates do In some groups, heavy drinking might be normal. In these groups, individuals’ drinking can be greatly influenced by the stated or implicit norms around drinking. Recent Victorian research found “social drinkers”, defined as people who have drinks in a social situation outside their home at least once a week, are more likely to have experienced pressure from others to drink than those who aren’t social drinkers. Pressure to drink more was…

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