5 Tips To Stop Smoking For The Great American Smokeout

quit smokingEvery year on the third Thursday of November the American Cancer Society encourages smokers to quit smoking for at least one day or for good with the Great American Smokeout.  The Great American Smokeout started on November 28, 1976 when the California Division of the American Cancer Society was able to get 1 million smokers to quit for the day.  Because it was such a success The American Cancer Society rolled it out nationwide in 1977.

The Great American Smokeout has drawn attention to the adverse health affects smoking has. So much focus has come out of this day that laws were created to stop smoking in work places, restaurants and to limit cigarette promotions and discourage teen cigarette use.

 In honor of The Great American Smokeout and lung cancer awareness month I  put together some tips that I use with hypnosis clients to help them become non-smokers.  

  1.  Pick a date in the next week or so and start cutting down cigarettes.  Once you get to that date commit to yourself and stop smoking
  2. Change the habit of smoking to something else.  For example when you feel the need to smoke take a drink from a bottle of water instead.
  3. Create and then say affirmations twice a day.  Create affirmations that make sense to you.   For example I easily quit smoking and live a healthy life or I am a nonsmoker for the rest of my life.
  4. Stay away from situations that trigger the need to smoke
  5. Utilize hypnosis and visualize yourself not smoking, being clam and relaxed and living a healthy life

Best time to quit smoking

Did you know that one of the best times to quit smoking is when you go on vacation?  When you are on vacation you are on a different schedule, relaxed and busy doing fun activities.

Make this November the year you quit smoking and take a step forward in living a healthier life.  Remember you can do it!

 

Metro Hypnosis Center’s Breast Cancer Awareness Challenge

October is breast cancer awareness month.  It is a great reminder to get our annual checkup and mammogram to prevent or detect breast cancer in an early stage.

Breast cancer awareness is very important to me because my sister passed away from breast cancer 2 years ago.  Her birthday is this month and she would have been 51 years old.  So I would like to try and make a difference so that other people don’t lose a sister, mother, grandmother, cousin, aunt, niece, or friend to breast cancer.

My breast cancer prevention challenge is very simple.   All I request is that women and men ask at least one female friend or family member over the age of 40 when the last time they had a mammogram.  If it has been over a year then encourage them to make an appointment for a mammogram.  Go with them or make the appointment if you have to.  If each of us asks and reminds one female friend imagine how many people can detect breast cancer at an early stage and live a long life.

My first friend I ask is Carolyn.  She is a busy Mom who takes care of everyone else first just like many other Mother’s do. Who are you going to ask?  Don’t let “I don’t have time” be an excuse.  We should always have time for prevention and living a healthy life.  And if someone does not want to do a mammogram then think of thermography, which is an important imaging tool that can detect diseases.

Please support the National Breast Cancer Foundation awareness of breast cancer.  Check in with a friend and ask her when she had her last mammogram.  Because I see it I know we can all help each other in the fight against breast cancer.  Let’s make it happen and make a difference together!

 

5 Ways To Overcome Fear Of Public Speaking

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Glossophobia is the official term for fear of public speaking or stage fright.   According to Glossophobia.com 75% of people suffer from some type of anxiety related to public speaking.  Some people even fear public speaking more than death.  Fear of presenting can affect a promotion or prevent you from living your full potential.

Do you get the feeling of a heavy weight or knots in your stomach anytime you have to do a presentation? Does the fear of public speaking keep you up at night because of stress and anxiousness?  Don’t let the fear stop you from moving forward or improving.

When working with clients in hypnosis for public speaking the first step is to see if there is any memory that triggers the stress.  Sometimes there is an experience in the classroom or an embarrassing moment that started the fear.  If a bad experience started the fear then it is good to know that in hypnosis there are techniques that help to remove the emotion from the event.

Sometimes it is a limiting belief that triggers the feeling.  It could be “I am not good enough” or “I am not a success”.  Hypnosis can help peel away whatever layers cause the block of public speaking.  Being able to visualize being relaxed and comfortable in front of all audiences is key to believing it can happen.  Below are tips to help with presentations:

  1. Prepare the presentation and be comfortable with the material
  2. Before presenting visualize being relaxed, confident, and doing an awesome job!
  3. Get in the zone by breathing exercises and self-hypnosis prior to the the presentation.
  4. Smile and take a deep breath in and exhale slowly when starting the presentation.  Smiles are contagious and send positive energy to the audience.
  5. Practice, Practice, Practice!  Join a supportive group like Toastmasters to because the more you present the better you get.

Let people hear what you have to say and feel empowered and confident.  Whether you use hypnosis or take classes to help with presenting always step up and be the best you can.  Learn how hypnosis can help with fear of public speaking first hand by coming to the free September 23, 2014 hypnosis workshop.

 

Can Stress Cause 60% of Illnesses?

search-1 According to the American Institute of Stress 60 percent of illnesses and diseases are caused by stress.  Stress can cause people to overeat and lose sleep, which are 2 important components in leading a healthy life.

How does stress cause illnesses

Many people live stressful lives balancing families and demanding careers.  Our bodies are not meant to live in stress mode all day.  When stress is the primary way we live then the body does not function optimally and affects the digestive, immune, reproductive systems and the mind.  So stress can affect your body and cause illnesses.  Try to work at leading a more balanced life where stress is less and find ways to feel relaxation or calm throughout the day.

The affects of relaxation through hypnosis

I always check with clients to see where stress levels are at the beginning and end of a session.  The other day I had a first time client who went from a stress level of 7 to a 2 by the end of the hypnosis session. She looked like a different person when she left.  Her face was relaxed and calm. I asked her now that that she felt calm and relaxed did things seem easier and possible?  She said yes.

So find ways to learn how to add relaxation to your day.  Whether it is through exercise, yoga, meditation or self-hypnosis teach your body to feel calm and relaxed more often.

 

Can Hypnosis Help You Be A Better Golfer?

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Golf Hypnosis

Now that the nice weather is upon us golfers are dusting off their clubs and going to the golf course to play. Some golfers may be a little rusty unless they have been practicing their swing indoors throughout the winter at the PGA Tour Superstore in Paramus New Jersey. Even if they have been practicing all winter they still may want to improve their score, swing or feel more relaxed and focused on the golf course.

What better way to improve a mental game than with sports hypnosis? Hypnosis is a state of relaxation that allows you to go deep within yourself to the subconscious mind. In the subconscious mind you can find blocks that may be holding you back from the perfect swing, or limiting beliefs like I can’t make that shot, I am not a good player. In hypnosis you can visualize playing better, feeling relaxed, focused and playing a great game.

How Golf hypnosis can help you get in the zone

1. Relax – By creating anchors that bring back the feeling of relaxation you experienced in hypnosis, you focus on hitting the ball without the jitters.
2. Focus – By saying positive affirmations and listening to personalized CD’s you easily focus when hitting the ball
3. Blocks – By removing blocks that get in the way of the game you can become a better player
4. Visualization – By visualizing a positive game where you are relaxed, focused and have a great swing. Remember if you can see it you can achieve it.
5. Pain and injury – Hypnosis can help address many physical issues that impact your game like pain or pre/post surgery.

If you want to be like Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus and use hypnosis to give you an edge in golf then contact Metro Hypnosis Center in Oradell NJ to book a free consultation.

An Awakening Night

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Left Charlotte Stone, Right Kathryn Livingston

I recently attended a book signing for Yin, Yang, Yogini by Kathryn E. Livingston at Stone Center for Yoga and Health. It was an emotional and inspirational evening that started out with a gentle yoga session. I was excited to feel comfortable with the basics. We ended the yoga session in a loving circle around Kathryn sending her positive affirmations about how she has touched and inspired us.

The book is a true story of Kathryn’s midlife journey and how practicing yoga helps her get to a place of calm, living in the moment, connecting to her spiritual side and learning to trust in the universe. Kathryn writes about how yoga helps her deal with breast cancer, surgery and radiation. It weaves a wonderful story of friendship, marriage, motherhood and yoga in an easy to read, witty book.

Two of Kathryn’s yoga teachers and mentors read passages from the book at the signing and you could feel the love and support that surrounded Kathryn for her book Yin, Yang, Yogini. She thanked everyone for their support and signed many books.

It made me think about how all of us are on a path and journey in life to our own awakening. There are many ways you can connect to your inner self and learn to be calm, grounded and become awakened. For me it was hypnosis, for Kathryn it was yoga. What is your path to your awakening?

5 Ways To Make Weight Loss A Successful New Years Resolution

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Weight Loss

January is the time of year when we reflect and realize that we want to be healthy and add weight loss to the top of our New Years Resolution list.  I don’t think I am alone in indulging a little at parties and family events over the holidays and realize that I need to get back to healthy eating.  A healthy lifestyle and loosing weight can be a successful New Years Resolution. [Read more...]

2014 A Year For Self Reflection

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change in 2014

I wish everyone a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year. Many people find themselves reflecting on the past events from the previous year and look at how life can be improved in the upcoming year. I think it is a good time to reflect on what is going on in your life and check in with yourself to see if you are happy or need to make any changes. [Read more...]