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.

When anxiety won’t go away, consider hypnotherapy

Everybody is anxious now and then. It’s a part of life. Most of the time, it goes away.

For some people, however, it hangs around. It is a chronic condition that interferes with their ability to get on with their lives. It interferes with their ability to work, to play, to have satisfying relationships.

If you suffer from that kind of chronic, debilitating anxiety, you may be tempted to get a prescription for a tranquilizer.

Don’t do it. Remember that the prime rule of any health care profession is—First Do No Harm. Sadly, tranquilizer drugs can definitely do harm. They are habit forming, and lose effectiveness over time. They make it more dangerous to drive, to use machinery, to do anything that requires focus and coordination.

Instead, set up an appointment with a qualified, trained hypnotherapist—in Gold Coast, think Greg Thompson.

Hypnosis and hypnotherapy have been amply demonstrated over the years to be a safe, powerful and effective remedy for chronic anxiety.

First of all, the hypnotic state itself is a relaxing condition. When you are in even a very light trance, you simply cannot feel anxious or tense. And just about everyone can learn to go into at least a light hypnotic state.

Second, anxiety doesn’t come from nowhere. It always has a cause. It may have arisen from a traumatic event in the past. It may come from a stressful life in the present. It may be the result of a parenting style in your family that taught you a negative view of life, that it is something dangerous, something to be feared.

A skilled hypnotherapist has the skills and knowledge to go into your past, and if necessary into your unconscious, to determine the causes of your anxiety and help you deal with those causes.

So if you are dealing with anxiety that won’t go away, this is the time to give Gold Coast hypnotherapist Greg  Thompson a call.

The Addiction Fallacy

When smokers say about how they simply cannot give up their habit, they often blame it on addiction.

If you suggest a powerful tool like hypnosis—in Gold Coast think Greg Thompson—they might say,

“That won’t do any good. I can’t quit. I’m addicted.”

That’s a fallacy.

Now it is true that smoking has an addictive aspect. If you have nicotine in your system, as it metabolizes it leads to withdrawal symptoms, and those can be unpleasant—fuzzy thinking, irritability, cravings for more nicotine, anxiety.

The thing is, once the nicotine is out of your system, those withdrawal symptoms disappear. On top of that, nicotine metabolizes very rapidly. When you smoke a cigarette, half of the nicotine is out of your system within about ninety minutes. When you go to bed at night after one last cigarette, by the time you wake up in the morning your system is essentially clear of nicotine.

The destructive power of smoking is not the nicotine addiction, it’s the habit.

The addictive aspect of smoking is not mythical. It is real, and hypnosis will offer you tools to end it; but hypnosis and hypnotherapy are even more important for breaking the destructive habit of smoking.

Start with the probability that, if you have been hooked on tobacco for a long time, even the thought of quitting makes you anxious. Aa skilled hypnotherapist like Greg Thompson is trained and experienced in techniques to nip that anxiety in the bud. He also has the tools to derail any lingering withdrawal symptoms you might have.

Most of all, a competent hypnotherapist like Greg has many different techniques and approaches to combat the destructive habit of smoking. Every smoker has different reasons for having started using nicotine, and different needs that have kept the habit growing. A skilled hypnotherapist knows how to identify those reasons and needs, and can thus pick the approach that will work best for each individual smoker.

Hypnosis and hypnotherapy are increasingly recognised as the most effective way to beat the smoking habit. If it is time for you to quit smoking—and you know it is—then it is also time to give Greg a call.

Can’t Exercise – Try This..


Everyone knows that exercise is an important part of losing weight, but why is it that so many people who want to lose weight, don’t?

Perhaps it’s to do with money. Going to the gym usually means paying a membership, but if you are on a tight budget this can be a problem

Maybe you have the money, but tried it before and ended up paying the gym tons of money and hardly ever went. Maybe seeing fit, athletic, perfect shaped people left you feeling inadequate, self conscious, fat and out of place.

In other cases it has to do with time. If you have a full-time job, kids to take care of, and a house hold to run, you want to be able to just kick back and relax in what little time you have.

The thing is, you don’t have to go to the gym or cgo running every day. There are ways to be more active without being involved in a formal regimen of exercise.

For example:

If you have a job, you get a lunch break. Go to the nearest park, and eat your lunch there.

When you go to the shop, you probably drive, park your car at the far end of the car park. This means you will have to walk a little more. Every step does you good.

If you catch the bus, get off several stops early and walk the rest of the way.

Avoid elevators. Take the stairs instead.

These are all small things, but they all add up, burning calories, increasing muscle, and boosting your stamina and energy.

The Gold Coast is a beautiful place with plenty of local attractions. Go somewhere this weekend!

Go to the beach. There are some lovely places to walk along Nobbys, Miami, or Burleigh, or if you would like a something a little quieter head up to Runaway Bay.

Try Mount Tamborine or Springbrook. Start with the easy walks first and work your way up to the longer ones. These places are not only great for your body but, like hypnosis, are great for your mind. Being in nature will lift your mood and help with depression and anxiety and is the perfect place for quiet reflection and to re-focus.

It is not uncommon for me to incorporate these places in my hypnotherapy sessions. These places are generally calming and peaceful and can help you relax deeper into your hypnosis experience.

Is Hypnosis Just Meditation?



Hypnosis and meditation have been around for a long time. Sanskrit writings describe hypnotic states and how to enter them. The Native American vision quest involves self-hypnosis. Meditation is practiced in various forms around the world, and it is described in ancient Chinese and Hindu writings.

It is also true that both meditation and hypnosis involve altered states of consciousness, and both use particular techniques to achieve these altered states. Meditators repeat mantras, focus on breathing or repetitive movements. Hypnotists use such things as eye fixation and hand levitation.

Hypnosis and meditation help to slow your brain waves. In meditation, it is common for the frontal lobes, is dominated by theta waves, slower slower than the alpha waves usually found in a relaxed but alert state. In hypnosis, the frequency of brain waves depends on the depth of the trance. In a light trance, where most hypnosis work is done, alpha waves are dominant. In a deeper trance, the kind you might use for past regression, theta waves are strongest. In the very deepest trances, where the person is unconscious of what is going on, they have reached delta brain wave frequency.

In addition, hypnosis and meditation have different objects and results. In meditation, the goal is to empty the mind, to have no thoughts, to lose awareness of any mental activity. Once you have done that, your job is done. In hypnosis, the task is not to empty the mind, but to focus it as sharply as possible in order to accomplish a specific goal, like to quit smoking, eliminating pain, prefer healthy food, or resolve an emotional trauma.

Hypnosis is a bit like shining a spotlight on some specific area in your mind, while meditation is a way to dim the light, or even turn it off. Meditation is great for achieving a sense of peace and calm. Hypnosis is a goal-oriented tool for achieving a specific outcome.