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How To Use Your Brain’s “Delete” Button

By Addiction, Anxiety, Depression, Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness, OCD, Smoking Cessation

How To Use Your Brain’s “Delete” Button Neurons that fire together, wire together. Back in 1949, Canadian Neuropsychologist Daniel Hebb first used this phrase to describe how pathways in the brain are formed and reinforced through repetition. This means that every experience, thought, feeling, and physical sensation triggers thousands of neurons, which form a neural network. When you repeat an experience over and over, the brain learns to trigger the same neurons each time. Our brain cells communicate with one another via synaptic transmission; one brain cell releases a chemical (neurotransmitter) that the next brain cell absorbs. This communication process is known as ‘neuronal firing’. When brain cells communicate frequently, the connection between them strengthens. Messages that travel the same pathway in the brain over and over begin to transmit faster and faster. With enough repetition, they become automatic. You’ve heard the saying that ‘practice makes perfect’; this is the scientific explanation of why it does. This is essentially how we create those unconscious programs that run who we are; the way we think, the perception we see, the experiences that form the beliefs we hold, and the habits that we do. Of course, this can be used in a…

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Release Hypnosis Is Celebrating It’s 4th Anniversary

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Release Hypnosis Has Turned Four! We’re having a fourth-anniversary celebration! Come join us! Release Hypnosis has been with us now for four years and we’re so excited to have reached this milestone. Over the past four years, Release Hypnosis has been able to help people in quitting their smoking habit, losing weight, applying virtual gastric bands, manage their anxiety, finding acceptance with their sexuality and gender, resolve sexual issues, and letting go of negative emotions from the past that have created beliefs that were simply getting in their way. To celebrate reaching this milestone, we’re offering you a special deal; three sessions for the price of two! That’s a 33% discount! (Terms and conditions apply) If you have a problem, perhaps now is the time to consider how hypnotherapy can help you to make steps forward. What can Release Hypnosis Help With? At Release Hypnosis, we can help with a wide range of conditions. These include among others: Addiction and Recovery Motivation Anxiety Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Chronic Pain Depression Sports Performance and Motivation Improving General Confidence and Self-Esteem Insomnia and Sleep Disturbances Phobias Public Speaking Stress Management Stop Smoking (Smoking Cessation) Unwanted habits Virtual Gastric Banding Weight Loss /…

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Drugs, Gums or Patches Won’t Increase Your Chances Of Quitting

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Drugs, gums or patches won’t increase your chances of quitting Simon Chapman, University of Sydney Using prescription drugs or over-the-counter products like gums, mints or patches won’t increase your chances of quitting smoking a year later, according to a new study. The US researchers followed two groups of people 2002/03 and 2010/11 and found at the end of the 12-month period, those using varenicline (sold in Australia as Champix), bupropion (Zyban), or nicotine-replacement therapy (gums, mints or patches) were no more likely to have quit smoking for 30 days or more than those who didn’t use these drugs. Read more: Weekly Dose: Champix’s effectiveness is questionable and safety record is concerning Evidence based smoking cessation? We’re told the best way to quit smoking is to use an “evidence-based” method: a strategy supported by high-quality research evidence. And for the last 30 or so years, this has been nicotine-replacement therapy, bupropion (Zyban) and varenicline (Champix), which claim to increase (and sometimes double) your chance of success. In the hierarchy of evidence, the lowest form is anecdote or case studies (“I smoked for 20 years, then an alternative therapist sprinkled magic powder on me, and the next day I stopped smoking!”). These…

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Who’s Smoking Now, And Why It Matters

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Who’s smoking now, and why it matters Kenneth E. Warner, University of Michigan Suppose you were told that there is something responsible for nearly 1 of every 5 deaths of Americans and that it is completely avoidable. Would you believe – today – that “something” is cigarette smoking? If you’re a college graduate, you might not believe it. You don’t smoke. Your friends and colleagues don’t smoke. You never see smoke in your workplace, nor in the restaurants and bars, you frequent. Like many of the nation’s most educated citizens, you may well regard the problem of smoking as largely solved. Because the educated population is also the most politically engaged, cigarette smoking has virtually disappeared from the nation’s health policy agenda. I’m not a smoker, although like many of you I was one (45 years ago, in my case). As a student of tobacco policy for over 40 years, I have helped to document the remarkable progress we have made against smoking. But I also appreciate why smoking remains our nation’s most avoidable cause of disability and premature death. The lack of policy attention to smoking is a public health tragedy. The good news and the bad news No…

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On The Pleasure of Smoking

By Smoking Cessation

On the pleasure of smoking Simon Chapman, University of Sydney Repeatedly, studies have found a large majority of smokers regret ever starting to smoke: 85% in this study, 90% in this four nation study. Each year, some 40% of smokers make an attempt to stop, with most relapsing within weeks. Many fork out considerable money in pharmaceuticals along the way in the attempt to shake their smoking. Snake-oil, evidence-free quick-cure merchants advertising on telegraph poles for “laser therapy quitting” happily make up to A$500 from the more gullible. With 12.8% of Australians aged 14 and over smoking daily, and 90% of these regretting they ever started, today just 1.28% are contented smokers. Recent evidence shows 55% of young smokers now approve of plain packaging with their ghoulish, unavoidable picture warnings. Can there be any product that enjoys less consumer satisfaction and customer loyalty? One of the most common taunts pro-smokers hurl at tobacco control advocates with great relish is the claim they are enemies of pleasure: they just can’t stand the thought or sight of people taking pleasure from smoking. Perhaps they are right. Airport smoking rooms strike me as about the most fun and pleasure you could get. The…

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Becoming a Non-Smoker: Establish New Habits

By Habits, Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy, Smoking Cessation

Becoming a Non-Smoker: Establish New Habits The positive intention of that smoking habit Last week, we explored the positive intention of that smoking habit and what benefits it offers you. When I talk to many people about why they continue the smoking habit, I hear all manner of reasons. Some will say that it gives them an opportunity to socialise with other people while some, ironically, will say that it gives them an opportunity to get away from other people. Some people will believe that it relaxes them and helps them to manage their stress, while others have even offered me excuses like ‘sex is always better when you have a cigarette’. I kid you not. Regardless of the reason why you began to smoke, there was some benefit that you received from it so strong and positive that you made the decision that this was a behaviour you were going to commit to as a coping strategy and manage to find the will power and strength to maintain that habit several times throughout the day. That’s pretty impressive, so who says you don’t have the resources available already to flip it around and use those same skills to become…

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The Positive Intentions Of Your Smoking Habit

By Habits, Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy, Smoking Cessation

The Positive Intentions Of Your Smoking Habit Continuing the series of articles I’ve written previous forming the 5 Steps To Becoming a Non-Smoker D.R.E.A.M. process, this week we’re exploring the first two steps which are really looking at the positive intentions behind the smoking habit. Step 1: Discover the positive intention of your smoking habit. The first step is to discover the positive intention of your smoking habit. Let me ask you, what are the reasons you have for continuing this smoking habit? This is going to be a good insight into what you’re getting out of it. Think back over the past week; when do you smoke and when do you NOT smoke? Are there any patterns forming? Do you find that you’re going for a cigarette around the same time each day? If so, what is happening around that time? Think back over the course of the day. What triggers are there that tell you that it is now time to smoke? How do you know when it is time to have a cigarette? When you have that cigarette, what happens for you? What do you feel? Where do you feel it? What about those times when you…

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Become a Non-Smoker: What Is a Habit?

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Become a Non-Smoker: What Is a Habit? So, you’ve decided to become a non-smoker… Many people seem to believe that becoming a non-smoker is hard. They’ve often come to this conclusion because they feel that the smoking habit has such a strong hold on them. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to be running a series of blogs around becoming a non-smoker and how I use my D.R.E.A.M. process to assist people in reclaiming their lives as non-smokers. This week, we’re looking at what a habit actually is. What is a habit? It is important to understand that habits are simply a routine or behaviour that we do that produces predictable outcomes for us. Your unconscious mind does not recognise habits as being good or bad, it just recognises it as something that provides you with a positive intention. For instance, you would have habits that we can all recognise as being positive. You might have a particular routine that you do every morning when you wake up. The positive intention here is that you don’t have to think about what you’re doing – it would seem to be almost on autopilot. It also means that you’re completing a…

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

By Smoking Cessation, Uncategorized

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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No Butts – It’s Time To Help People With Mental Health Conditions Quit Smoking

By Habits, Mental Health, Smoking Cessation

No butts – it’s time to help people with mental health conditions quit smoking Ben Harris, Victoria University; Holly Beswick, Deakin University; Jenny Bowman, University of Newcastle, and Kate Bartlem, University of Newcastle Australians with mental health conditions are more than twice as likely to be smokers as the general population. About 22% of people with a mental health condition smoke daily compared to a national rate under 13%. And the more severe your illness, the more likely you are to smoke. For example, about 60-70% of people with psychotic conditions such as schizophrenia smoke. We don’t have clear evidence for why this is the case, but there are several theories. These include that people with mental health conditions may smoke to self-medicate or to cope with social exclusion. People with mental health conditions are also more likely to have lower levels of education and higher levels of unemployment, which are accepted risk factors for smoking. Despite huge gains in getting Australians to quit since the turn of the century (22% of Australians smoked in 2001), people with a mental illness appear to have been left behind. They are a big group to overlook. More than 4 million Australians are…

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