Help! Cigarettes Are Controlling My Life—And I Hate It!

Are Cigarettes Controlling you?

Do you have the feeling that cigarettes are controlling your life? Do you wake up every morning and your first thought is—‘I need a smoke’?

Well you don’t have to live this way. Many people do not realize that the smoking ball is in their court, so to speak; that is, quitting smoking is entirely up to you and you have the power to take back control of your life.

Is Smoking an Addiction

While smoking is typically promoted as being a physical addiction, in truth, it is a psychosocial habit. This means that the reason you smoke is because cigarettes fulfill an emotional and relational need(s). For instance, you smoke because you feel more comfortable at a party or because you think it relieves your stress after a long day of work. Thus, you begin to associate positive emotions and beliefs with cigarettes—and unless you address them, cigarettes will maintain their power over you.

But if you have had it with cigarettes holding court in your life, then you are in luck: you can get your life back. And all by using the power of your mind.

Our thoughts—and beliefs—create our reality. This is the concept underlying hypnosis, quit smoking hypnosis included. Quit smoking hypnosis can help you get your thoughts and beliefs back under your control so that you can shape the reality that you want. And the reality that you want is to be smoke-free.

What is the Best Way to Quit Smoking?

Hypnosis can help you identify the thoughts and beliefs that keep you smoking—and then a hypnotherapist will guide you through suggestions that cause you to change your thoughts and beliefs with respect to cigarettes.  Once you have created new thoughts and beliefs about cigarettes, you can begin to be smoke-free. And if you use the method promoted by lifecoachtoquitsmoking.com, you can be free from your cigarette prison in only 60 minutes, which may be hard for you to believe—but it is guaranteed.

Feeling Trapped with Cigarettes

Nobody likes to feel trapped under someone’s—or something’s—thumb. If you want to be the leader of your life again, then you have the power to do so. You don’t have to be a slave to cigarettes anymore—with quit smoking hypnosis, you can take your life—and your health—into your own hands.

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Is Smoking a Crutch for you?

It wasn’t so long ago that people looked on smoking as a socially acceptable behaviour.  Of course these days smokers or often looked down upon and made to feel uncomfortable because they smoke.

People use Smoking as a Crutch

It is becoming more prevalent for people wanting to quit smoking to have emotional issues where the cigarette has been used as a crutch.  So removing that crutch reduces the long term success for the person quitting, no matter what method has been used to quit.

Address Emotional Issues Before Quitting

Addressing emotional issues before quitting is an important first step.  There are a number of ways to address these issues such a counsellor, psychologist, psychiatrist. These often assist the person to deal with the symptoms resulting from those traumatic events yet not deal with the actual trauma. One really successful therapy to address the trauma is The Richards Trauma Process.  The Richards Trauma Process™ provides a very powerful way of addressing major trauma, including PTSD, anxiety, depression, phobias and panic attacks. It resolves these issues quickly, effectively and very safely.

What is The Richards Trauma Process™

The Richards Trauma Process™ is acknowledged by professional mental health practitioners as potentially the solution for resolving major trauma that we have all been seeking. Are you anxious, fearful, depressed, traumatised?   Are you seeking a drugfree solution?  Maureen Hamilton is a practitioner of The Richards Trauma Process™ and can step you through to the other side of your pain.

Maureen Hamilton is a Hypnotherapist, assisting people to overcome emotional and habitual issues including smoking, weight challenges, anxiety, depression. People have the power to quit—they just need to make the decision to do it. And when they do, they can contact Maureen on 1300 619 684 or check out the website http://masteryourlifepower.com/ or send a message.

Why is second hand smoking so bad?

It is common knowledge that smoking is one of the most deadly activities that you can engage in; indeed, every time you inhale a cigarette you bring over 4,000 chemicals and toxins into your body. It is also well known that secondhand smoke is just as dangerous as smoking; cigarette smoke still has those toxins after all. If you are interested in smoking cessation, then think of it as something that you not only do for yourself–you do it for the health and wellness of others around you.One highly problematic aspect of smoking indoors is that rooms get clogged with smoke. Children and babies are often left with no other option than to breathe in that smoke. And guess what? According to smoking cessation researchers, children and babies inhaling the air in a smoke-filled room is the equivalent of them smoking 10 cigarettes.Diseases affecting children caused by second hand smokeIf the numbers above don’t shock you, then keep reading. Children and infants breathe at much faster rates than adults. Children and infants breathe between 20-60 breaths per minutes while adults breathe 14-18 times per minute. This means that infants and children breathe in much more toxic smoke per minute than adults. When children are exposed to smoke, the risk for the following complications increases dramatically:

  • Respiratory illnesses like asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia and bronchiolitis.
  • More frequent colds and coughs
  • More common middle ear infections
  • Possible cancer in childhood and/or adulthood.

If there is anything that can compel you to engage in smoking cessation, it should be the harm that secondhand smoke can do to children. The effect that tobacco smoke has on children should make you think twice about picking up that next cigarette. If you find that it is difficult to stop smoking then remember that above all, smoking is a habit. The body is not addicted to nicotine. The mind is addicted to the psycho-social habit. In order to overcome this habituated activity, smokers need to learn to mindfully practice mind over matter. That is why enlisting the help of a hypnotherapist is a great smoking cessation strategy. A hypnotherapist can help you locate old, destructive thought patterns (like the belief that you need to smoke) and then help you re-build new healthy ones (like the belief that you don’t need to smoke).

If you are serious about smoking cessation, and serious about the health of those around you, check out the hypnotherapy option and learn to get your thoughts and habits under your own control.

About the Author

Maureen Hamilton is an Integrated Neuro-Linguistic Programming Master Practitioner, Hypnotherapist and a Demartini Method Facilitator. Maureen has previously worked in many areas of health in Australia as well as overseas. Her health background includes training in general and midwifery nursing, mental health plus other modalities. Maureen is very much involved in promoting and assisting people to obtain optimal health and is absolutely committed to helping people to stop smoking and/or lose weight naturally using Hypnosis and NLP.
If you would like to find out more, visit http://masteryourlifepower.com and and talk to Maureen about your requirements.

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Do Almonds Really Help Lower Your Cholesterol?


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Nuts are high in fat, so it seems counter intuitive that eating a handful of roasted almonds could lead to lower cholesterol levels, but according to a study authored by Dr. David J.A. Jenkins at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Canada, eating almonds daily positively affects the lipid levels in your blood and can reduce your cholesterol levels by up to 10%. Dr. Jenkins’ study isn’t the only one to show the heart healthy benefits of almonds; studies conducted by medical communities across the globe, from the WHO to the Physicians Health Study recommend eating more almonds to maintain safe cholesterol levels. This is welcome news for those who are either at risk for heart disease or just want to keep heart healthy and relish the opportunity to indulge in nutty treats.

Almonds are a seed from the almond tree and they are native to the Middle East. They are one of the healthiest nuts to eat and are high in good mono-saturated fats; they are also rich in potassium and magnesium, both of which promote cardiovascular functioning. The health benefits of almonds have been lauded since ancient times, and they have been used in both traditional and modern homeopathic medicine to treat eczema, reduce inflammation, and aid colon and digestive health. They are also, conveniently, a great snack that can be salty or sweet, so as a medicine, almonds are not hard to swallow.

Researchers who proclaim the health benefits of almonds recommend that eating anywhere from 1 to 6 handfuls of almonds a day will help you maintain safe cholesterol levels and lower your risk for heart disease. In addition to lowering cholesterol, almonds can also help protect against diabetes because they can help keep after-meal blood sugar levels regulated since they are such an easy snack. Blood sugar levels that fluctuate rapidly as a result of long distances between meals or snacks can contribute to diabetes, so take the time to pop a few almonds in your mouth between meals. However, just because something has almonds in it, does not make it automatically healthy.

Indulging in an ice cream sundae topped with almonds is not going to get you on the fast track to cardiovascular health-it is setting you up for an increased heart attack risk. It is like smoking a pack of cigarettes a day but then feeling safe because you eat foods that promote lung functioning. In the world of physical health, negative substances always cancel out the positive. If you are going to eat almonds for health purposes, eat them lightly salted, honey roasted, or in a low-fat salad, just don’t just sprinkle them on top of a dessert buffet.

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Testimonials – Quit Cigarettes in 60 Minutes

Being a smoker is not easy in todays society. It is no longer “cool” to be a smoker and it is becoming more and more difficult to find a suitable location to hide and have a smoke.

Christine was one of these people and approached Maureen to help her to quit smoking and become a non smoker . Here is a brief interview with Christine following her session.