Boosting your quit-smoking power

Once you have taken the most important step in quitting smoking—making an appointment with a skilled, competent and experienced hypnotist like Greg Thompson in Gold Coast—you are well on your way to ditching the evil herb tobacco.

Hypnosis is absolutely the most powerful tool you can use to stop smoking quickly and permanently, but there are also other things you can do to make the process go more smoothly.

First of all, help Greg help you by taking time, even before you show up for that first hypnotic session, to identify your smoking triggers—the situations, feelings, and the like that are associated with lighting up. Some people, for instance, always have a cigarette after a meal. Some people always light up when they drink a beer. Identify your triggers, make a list, and take that list with you for your first appointment. Greg will be able to make good use of it.

Next, clean house. Get your place spic and span. Get rid of all your ashtrays. You may also have to get new curtains and drapes, especially if you have smoked in the place for a long time because they will stink. After the first week or so of not smoking, go through all your clothes, segregate the one that smells of stale tobacco—and you can be sure that at least some of them will—and toss them, or give them to charity.

Tell all your friends and family that you are quitting smoking, and ask them to check in on whether you are keeping to your resolution. That will provide you will extra motivation.

Get a nice, big wall calendar. Mark your first day without a cigarette, and keep on marking the calendar every day after that, to provide yourself with a visual record that you are succeeding.

Do you have a favourite snack treat? Feed that to yourself at the end of each week without smoking.

Eventually, you will remember that you used to smoke, and wonder what that was all about.

Hypnosis and exercise help each other

There is no doubt that hypnosis and hypnotherapy are among the most effective, if not the most effective, tools for losing unwanted weight, whether the goal is just to drop a few kilos, or there is a need to combat the dangers of morbid obesity.

But even with the assistance of a competent hypnotherapist like Greg Thompson in Gold Coast, the road to an optimal weight is a long one; in fact, losing weight too rapidly usually leads to rebound weight gain, and the renewed weight actually has a higher percentage of fat.

One of the best ways to help the weight come down at a reasonable rate is exercise—both aerobic and resistance.

Exercise burns calories, and burning more calories than you take in is how you lose weight.

Exercise, especially resistance training—weight work—boosts your body’s metabolic rate, so you burn more calories.

Exercise regulates appetite. You are less likely to binge if you work your body regularly.

Exercise, especially resistance training increases muscle mass. The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn even when your body is resting.

Because regular exercise increases your energy level, you are less likely to experience fatigue, and everything you do feels easier.

Exercise increases your self-esteem and daily confidence levels, just because you go to bed every night and wake up every morning knowing that you are doing something that is good for you, that you are taking care of yourself.

Finally, exercise does not require a huge investment of time or effort. Even something like riding a bike or taking a brisk walk every day will make a difference. If you work in an office, taking the stairs will work off calories. If you take a bus to work, get off a few blocks early and walk the rest of the way.

Exercising does not have to be a big deal, but the resulting weight loss will be.

Who is The Best Hypnotherapist

Over the years I have received many client reviews on Facebook, Google and other business review platforms. The aim of these reviews is to show potential clients that you can do what you say you can do. This is particularly important with an industry like Hypnotherapy.

Although the hypnosis industry is not new, it is now accepted by mainstream society as a go-to for many things such as anxiety, depression, weight loss, addictions and even sexual expression.

It is becoming popular, and most people have a friend or two that got results using hypnosis, and so hypnotists are popping up on every corner. This is good and bad.. Good because as a community we get to help more people achieve somewhat amazing results (I am not short of almost unbelievable stories of success). Word continues to spread around communities that hypnosis is a powerful tool for change. Unfortunately it comes with some drawbacks.. As the industry is unregulated it means there are some highly trained and/or experienced hypnotherapists and some poorly trained and/or inexperienced.

A clinical hypnotherapist must attend a hypnosis school that is approved by one of the self appointed governing bodies in Australia, such as the Australian Hypnotherapists Association (AHA), the Australian Association of Clinical Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy (AACHP), the Australian Society of Clinical Hypnotherapists (ASCH), and about half a dozen others. These associations are professional and maintain integrity and ethics across the industry.

There is also an organisation called the Hypnotherapy Council of Australia (HCA) that is made up of representatives from all major associations. The HCA’s main purpose is to ensure that consumers can ascertain which therapists have completed a high level of training.

So what about the weekend hypnosis courses. Are these valuable? YES. I have learnt a lot from this style of training and incorporated many things into what I do every day. My clients have also significantly benefited from the training I have completed in various weekend training schools. Should therapists who already have a 900 hour Diploma in Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy do them? Most definitely YES!

But.. what about the people out there who have done the 24 hour weekend course and now call themselves a hypnotherapist?? Some of them are great, some of them are not. It largely depends on the individuals passion, commitment, practise/experience, ethics, and life experience. (everyone is a beginner at first and should charge accordingly)

To be fair I have met some excellent therapists who have only done a couple of weekend courses, and I have met people who have completed a 900 hour Diploma whom I would not recommend. This is why reviews are important.

So.. what is the relevancy of a 5 star review?

Over the years I have collected many reviews on different platforms from people that have come to see me for a variety of things. New clients often tell me that they decided to see me because they read some 5 star reviews, so I was a little shocked this morning to see a weekend hypnosis school (One that I hold in the highest esteem) encouraging students to review each others businesses. OK, so maybe they have worked with each other in training. Perhaps they even resolved some issues. Sure they could provide a character reference.. but a 5 star review?? OK, I admit.. my Mum did review me right in the beginning. But I didn’t ask her, and I definitely didn’t ask my family, friends and colleagues to give me a review. Have I helped them overcome stuff? Yes but getting them to review me just doesn’t seem right.

So.. Before booking into a local hypnotherapist make sure you click and just see if their reviewer is another therapist or a friend.

Can anyone be hypnotised?

If you know someone who wants, for instance, to quit smoking, or lose weight, and you suggest that they give hypnosis a try, you may hear,

“That’s no good. I can’t be hypnotised.”

The odds are that they are mistaken. The fact is, just about everyone can learn to go into the altered state of consciousness known as hypnosis. It’s true that achieving that state is easier for some, while others have to give it a little more work. The ability to enter a trance state is a talent, and like any talent, some people have it to a higher degree than others; but there is almost no one who does not have that talent at all.

Some people may tell you that they have tried hypnosis, and they could not go into a trance. Actually, most of those people can also go into a trance with the proper approach. Although almost anyone can learn to develop a hypnotic state, there are numerous doors to that state, and different doors work for different people.

A competent, experienced hypnotherapist like Greg Thompson in Gold Coast knows how to decide which door will work for you.

The fact is, a trance state is an everyday occurrence for most of us. Ask yourself how often you have experienced these things:

You are at a movie, or a concert, sitting stock still, totally focused on the show. Intermission comes, and you suddenly realise that you are hungry, and your rear end is a little sore from all the sitting. You had not been aware of that until then. You were in a trance.

You are reading a really good book, all wrapped up in it. Someone comes into the room and then goes back out again, and you don’t see or hear that person. You are in a trance.

You are having a really interesting conversation with a friend, and suddenly realise that you have been talking for more than an hour, but it feels as if no time has passed at all. That is because you were in a trance.

If nothing like that ever happens to you, then just maybe you can’t be hypnotised.

But, more likely, you belong to that huge majority of people who will have no trouble developing a powerful altered state and learning how to use it to your benefit.

Stop Smoking, use the power of hypnosis! Part 2

There is an ever-increasing number of studies that demonstrate hypnosis to be an effective—in fact probably the most effective—approach to getting rid of a smoking habit. Research in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Australia, have shown that hypnosis offers a fast, permanent, and relatively inexpensive way to stop smoking.

There are many ways that hypnosis works for stopping smoking.

First, there is the physical problem. Nicotine is an addictive substance. Over time, smokers develop physical dependence. When they stop smoking, they experience physical and emotional withdrawal symptoms—irritability, headaches, trouble focusing, and craving, among other things. The period of withdrawal is short but intense.

Hypnosis blocks withdrawal symptoms. In a trance state, you do not experience negative feelings or sensations. You are pleasantly relaxed and calm. As well, one of the things that a competent hypnotist like Gold Coast’s Greg Thompson will teach you is how to put yourself into a trance. You will have learned a new skill that you will be able to use in all types of situations.

Smoking is also a habit. It is a conditioned response. Your mind and body have learned to respond to any number of situations and feelings by lighting up. Waiting for dinner? Light up. Just finished dinner? Have a cigarette. Upset by something a coworker says? Pull out that pack and have a smoke.

Hypnotherapists have tools to help you recognise those smoking triggers and snuff them.

Many smokers also have underlying emotional issues that they have typically dealt with by smoking, because nicotine is a mood-altering drug that can calm you down when you are tense, jazz you up when you are down, and just generally mask over bothersome feelings. A competent hypnotherapist will help you identify such issues and deal with them.

If you really are ready to stop smoking, the route to success goes through the door of your hypnotist.

Stop Smoking, use the power of hypnosis! Part 1

Starting smoking is easy. If you are a smoker, you remember how easy, even though those first couple of times were no fun at all, probably downright unpleasant, in fact. But lighting up took no effort, no skill, no talent; and it was cool, right? All your friends were doing it.

Quitting smoking? Not so much. If you are like most smokers, you have tried more than once to end the habit.

Maybe you started by trying willpower. “I’ll just quit,” you told yourself, and you probably did manage to stay away from the seductive weed for a little while. But then you started again.

Next, you may have started going to a motivational support group.  Being around other people who are trying to stop smoking can’t hurt. But you probably discovered fairly quickly that you needed more than that.

Maybe you tried the nicotine patch or nicotine gum. That didn’t work either, and no surprise there. You weren’t sucking on cigarettes anymore, but you were still dosing yourself with large amounts of their addictive ingredient, nicotine.

You may have given medication a try. There are a number of those, and many physicians are willing to prescribe them. Most of them are mood elevators, really meant to deal with depression, not the smoking habit. They have any number of drawbacks. First, they are expensive.

“So what?” you say. “So is smoking.”

True enough. But in addition to their cost, these medications have side effects that range from unpleasant to dangerous, including a risk in some people of suicidal behaviour.

And, on top of that, the research has shown that medication does not have much success in helping people stop smoking.

There is something that works—hypnosis.

Hypnosis and hypnotherapy, as practised by Greg Thompson in Gold Coast, is a proven answer for smokers. It is fast and effective. It is relatively inexpensive, especially when you compare it to the cost of your cigarette habit.

Is your hunger fake or real?

There are two kinds of hunger—real and fake. A competent hypnotist guiding you toward your goal of losing unwanted weight will give you tools to deal with both.

Real hunger comes from your body. It’s what you feel when you really need nutrition when your stomach has been empty for too long and is crying out to be fed. Once you feed your body what it needs, real hunger goes away for the time being.

Fake hunger is, quite literally, all in your mind. It can show up whether your stomach is empty or full, and it has nothing to do with nutrition.

Real hunger has only one trigger—your body’s need for calories, lovely little molecules of fat, starch, and protein that combine to form the building blocks of your body’s cell structure.

Fake hunger can have any number of triggers, all mental or emotional. Fake hunger occurs because, as you were growing up—this process almost always begins in early childhood—you learned, maybe accidentally or perhaps from a parent’s example and encouragement—that eating could make you feel better.

Are you frightened or anxious? Have a cookie. It will make you feel better. In fact, have two cookies. In fact, eat the whole box.

Did the boss just tear you down in front of all your coworkers? No problem. Take a quick break and find a doughnut.

Did you just find out that some of your friends are having a party, and no one invited you? Just remember that there is a brand-new carton of ice cream in the freezer. Maybe if you eat the whole thing, missing the party will hurt less.

Or, maybe it is time to get in touch with a competent hypnotherapist, like Greg Thompson in Gold Coast, who will have the skill to guide you away from fake hunger, help you ease real hunger pangs—that will be necessary at first because your body has been conditioned to overeat—and empower your ability to reach a healthy weight and stay there.

What’s the best hypnosis to quit smoking?

Let’s say you have decided to quit smoking, and you are going to give hypnosis a chance to rid you of your nasty habit.

That’s an important decision, and hypnosis is an excellent choice.

Now you have another decision to make. With hypnosis, you have three options:

You can go online and pick out one of the dozens of canned offerings you will find there, usually beautifully packaged and assuring you that you will stop smoking right away and never touch tobacco again.

You can wait until one of the stop-smoking road shows comes to town, where you and a few dozen other people will sit in a room and go through a one-size-fits-all group hypnosis session.

Or, you can make an appointment with a competent certified hypnotherapist like Greg Thompson in Gold Coast.

All three approaches have their advantages.

The canned hypnosis programs are typically very inexpensive, and with what your cigarettes are costing you these days, you may not have a lot of cash to spare. The canned programs are also convenient. You can use them anytime, day or night.

The quit-smoking road shows are also relatively inexpensive. The group approach can help down the line, as well, because one or more of the people you meet there may make good allies later on—sort of an ongoing support group.

Making an appointment with a trained hypnotist like Greg Thompson will, of course, cost more money; and you may need more than one appointment. There is, however, a major advantage. Face-to-face hypnosis with a skilled, competent professional has a really high success rate. There is no single hypnotic technique for quitting smoking that does the job for everyone. A trained hypnotist has the ability to assess your best strengths and to come up with the hypnotic approach that will succeed for you.

And after all, like anything else in life, the best choice is the one that works.

The Golden Rule: Do No Harm

In all the healing disciplines, there is a golden rule:

Do no harm.

In some disciplines, that rule is sometimes only aspirational. Surgeries can go wrong. Mistakes with medication can result in the wrong pill or an overdose. An improper chiropractic manipulation can cause an injury.

But when you walk into the office of Gold Coast hypnotherapist Greg Thompson, the Do No Harm rule always applies. If you have not experienced hypnosis before, you may not be convinced that it will help you; but you can be sure that it will not harm you.

Why is that? What makes hypnosis, which is such a powerful tool that more and more people are turning to it for help, such a safe tool?

The safety comes from the fact that all hypnosis, whether you are in only a light trance or your hypnotherapist guides you into a much deeper state, works with your inner mind, your unconscious; and your unconscious is, among other things, your protector.

Your unconscious is the part of your mind that knows everything there is to know about you. It contains all your memories. It holds all the wisdom you possess, both from your own experiences and that universal wisdom that is built into your genes. It knows what is good for you, what works for you, as well as what might harm you. It knows your strengths and weaknesses.

Most important, your unconscious watches out for you. There is a part of your inner mind that is a hidden observer of everything going on inside you and around you. When your hypnotherapist guides you into a trance, that hidden observer is paying attention. If the hypnotherapist starts to take you someplace you are not ready to go, your hidden observer will alert you, and snap you right out of your trance.

So if you need one more reason to give Greg Thompson in Gold Coast a call, think of that golden rule.

When feeling stuck, do something

A growing body of studies shows that, when it comes to losing unwanted fat, hypnosis is an extremely effective tool. If you live in Gold Coast, clinical hypnotist Greg Thompson has the skills that will make a difference.

But even with the help of Greg and his techniques, losing weight takes time, especially if you have a lot of kilos to shed. That can be discouraging, especially because, in our well-established culture of overeating, you will face constant temptations to feed your face.

Everywhere you look, food is being waved at you, especially the sugar and fat-filled foods that are the worst for you. Walk down the street, and you pass fast food places. Turn on the television, and the ads are filled with tempting, high-calorie delights.

And, of course, you have your own, well-established habits, situations and feelings that trigger a craving to eat.

Your hypnotic sessions will confront those cravings and blunt them, and you will learn trance skills that will make a huge difference over the long run.

But still, it will take time, and the cravings will sneak up on you.

When that happens, the thing NOT to do is to just sit there and hope the urge to eat will go away.

The best response to a craving is not to try to ignore it because that just makes it stronger. Instead, take action. Get up and do something. Fill that time with something besides just thinking about how you would love a snack.

Take a walk. Call a friend. Vacuum the carpet. Lift some weights. Maybe best of all, since Greg has probably given you some training in self-hypnosis, put yourself into a relaxing trance. By the time you emerge from that trip into yourself, the urge to eat will have faded away.

So when the urge to eat tries to snuggle up to you, don’t just sit there. Do something, just about anything, until the urge goes away. And the more often you do that, the weaker the craving to eat will become. Eventually, it won’t be there at all.