Discover the Best Way to Quit Smoking This Year

Smoking can be one of the most difficult habits to quit. We all know people who have gone through a “quitting cycle” (you stop, and then start, and then stop again, etc.). In fact, maybe you have experienced this yourself: First, you announce to your friends and family that you have quit smoking. You don’t touch cigarettes for a couple of days, maybe even weeks, and then you start again. Sadly, you weren’t prepared to deal with the cravings, and triggers that cause you to smoke in the first place.

Reasons for smoking are different for everyone and can range from things like an unbeatable urge to smoke after a stressful day at work, or a social environment that triggered the desire to light up again, and so on. But regardless of which, the next thing you know, you’re holding a cigarette in your hand and telling yourself that just one is fine. Then, before you know it, you’re back to your regular smoking habit. The worst part is that every time you fail to quit, success at stopping smoking seems to slip farther and farther out of reach.

Now that a new year has begun, it brings new hope! Perhaps quitting smoking has been one of your New Year’s resolutions for 2019, and this can be the year that you stop cigarette smoking forever. Let hypnosis be your pain-free, and drug-free way to quit!

Why and How to Quit Smoking

There are many ways to quit smoking: using e-cigarettes, nicotine replacement therapy, or simply going cold turkey are just a few examples. However, whether or not you can achieve success with these methods is a different story.

When you are trying to quit smoking, it helps to know “why” you’re doing it. Properly understanding the adverse effects of smoking, as well as the immediate and long-term benefits of quitting, can help motivate you. It’s also important to understand that the sooner you quit, the faster your body will benefit. In fact, the benefits of quitting will begin in as little as one hour after your last cigarette, and you will immediately be on the path to a reduced risk of cancer, heart disease, and lung disease.

Don’t tell yourself you’ll stop next month or next year, when you can discover how to quit smoking now.

The Best Way to Quit Smoking Today

Maybe you have tried nicotine patches or other forms of medication to quit smoking and it hasn’t worked out for you. Though smoking is very much a physical addiction, we must ultimately find the strength to overcome it in our minds.

This is why I would like you to invite you to try something new.

You can quit smoking through hypnosis, a method which has many other benefits. Hypnosis can help solidify positive thinking and effective thought patterns. When it comes to smoking, a hypnotist can reinforce some key ideas by speaking to your subconscious. Then, you can learn self-hypnosis to keep yourself on the path to success.

Could hypnosis be the best way to quit smoking? You can find out for yourself, today. Call (647) 210-8842 for a free screening and we will let you know if and how hypnosis can help you stop smoking for good!

How to Build Good Habits in the New Year

Do you have a few bad habits, like smoking or over-eating, that you simply haven’t been able to stop, no matter how you try to motivate yourself?

The start of a new year is always a wonderful time to attempt to change the things we don’t like about ourselves. Unfortunately, New Year’s resolutions are not always effective, and rarely sustain for as long as we’d like them to.

This year, instead of focusing on breaking bad habits, I would like to help you build good ones, and replace the need to resort to such destructive behaviors as overeating or smoking in the first place.

Motivation through Positive Reinforcement

If you are like most people, chances are you want to achieve one of the three most common New Year’s resolutions: lose weight, quit smoking, become motivated to achieve a goal…or all of the above.

When it comes to building good habits (such as exercising and eating healthy) and breaking bad habits (like stopping smoking), we can be motivated either through positive or negative reinforcement.

Positive reinforcement refers to the feeling of accomplishment that comes from doing the things you want to be doing, while negative reinforcement comes from the guilt you feel for not doing them.

However, studies have shown that feeling good about your progress is a much more effective motivator than guilt. In fact, negative reinforcement and self-doubt are often the reasons people give up on their New Year’s resolutions. When we feel like we are failing, the easiest thing to do is to stop making the effort to try.

It is far more beneficial to instead focus on positive reinforcement by celebrating your progress, and rewarding yourself for reaching milestones. Patting yourself on the back for taking a step in the right direction—even a small one—is far more effective than beating yourself up for not being good enough.

Positive Thinking Through Hypnosis

Maybe you are not a very positive person, or perhaps you are very hard on yourself. Through hypnosis, you can learn how to build good habits using the power of positive thinking, and here is how it works: As a hypnotist, I bypass the part of your conscious mind that says you can’t succeed or worries that you are already failing, and instead I speak directly to your subconscious mind. By suggesting positive ideas, I help my clients adopt a better mindset from the inside out.

Even if you are the type of person who tends to zero-in on the negative, hypnosis can help change your focus to the “positive”, and help make it easier for you to maintain those healthy habits you have been wanting to build for so long.

So, let 2019 be the year that brings you success in achieving your New Year’s resolutions, and making sure they stick for the rest of your life!

I would like to invite you to call us at (647) 210-8842 for a free screening, so you can discover what hypnosis will do for you, and help you learn how to build good habits.

Have a very Happy New Year!

3 Ways to Stay Summertime Slim Throughout the Year

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As the seasons change and we say goodbye to the warmth of summer, our spirits tend to sink somewhat. As we add layers of clothing to stay warm, it can be easy to lose the motivation to keep a slim and active body. However, there is no reason for you to let that get the better of you.

Take control of your body and your life with these three simple steps to help you stick to your weight-loss goals as the seasons change.

1. Adopt a Positive Body Image In order to successfully change your body, you have to accept and love it as it is now. Embrace the shape you have been given and practice the power of positive thinking. When you are standing naked in front of the mirror, it is natural to see only your flaws and the things about your body with which you are unhappy. Let that train of thought go and, instead, appreciate your body as a whole. Do you have two functioning legs? Are they strong enough to carry the rest of your body? Have you got a working set of organs behind that belly to process food and keep your body nourished? Can your arms lift a child? Every part of your body is amazing so why not show your self some gratitude?

2. Kick start a Healthy Life As your love and respect for your body grow, you will naturally want to start taking better care of it. This will make it easier for you to make healthy changes in your life. This doesn’t have to be hard. Small changes can make a big difference. Try this simple formula: drink water; choose fresh, colorful food; be as active as you can. First, learn to appreciate a refreshing glass of water. Try to replace other beverages with this vital elixir. Next, look for color and freshness when shopping or choosing a meal. When you eat fruits and vegetables of a variety of colors, it means you are giving your body the different nutrients it needs with very few calories. Finally, make little lifestyle changes that allow you to be more active. Walk more, take the stairs, and get up often if you work at a desk. Why not make more trips to the water cooler?

3. Learn How to Lose Weight with Hypnosis If you are trying to improve your body image and find the motivation to make those little changes that will lead you to a healthier life but continue to struggle, don’t give up or turn to artificial remedies. There is a natural way! Hypnosis for weight loss is safe, painless, and natural. It helps you adopt a healthy lifestyle and eating habits for weight loss by changing your attitude and routine.

Through hypnosis, you can learn how to deal with stress and emotions without turning to food and get rid of bad eating habits. It can also help you to see yourself in a more positive light and adopt a new attitude toward healthy food and exercise. Call now for your free screening, and see if hypnosis is right for you: (647) 210-8842

Face Your Fears this Halloween

Halloween is more than just a day for costume parties: it heralds the start of what can be a very demanding holiday season. This time of year can be quite challenging for those who suffer from anxiety, particularly in social situations.

The good news is that fears of any kind can be faced and they don’t have to limit how you live your life. Having said that, the journey to overcoming fear begins with understanding.

What is anxiety?

This general term refers to several disorders, such as social anxiety, phobias, OCD, and PTSD. When you have anxiety, you feel nervous, afraid, or apprehensive and this constant feeling of worry affects how you behave.

Besides disturbing your emotional wellbeing, anxiety can manifest itself in significant ways through physical symptoms. Moreover, statistics have shown that one in four Canadians will have an anxiety disorder in their lifetime. Clearly, this is not a matter to be overlooked.

Phobias are among the most common forms of anxiety. It may be a crippling fear of heights, flying, public speaking, going to the doctor, or even daily tasks such as driving or using bathrooms, that makes it seem impossible to face these situations.

If you have such a disorder, you may have learned to live with it. However, the truth is that there is no reason to let fear control your life, no matter how powerful it may seem.

How Can you Start Overcoming Fear?

On Halloween, fear becomes entertainment: we make scary costumes and watch horror movies on tv. In a way, we are facing our fears and making light of them. When we watch a scary movie we may jump in our seats but, at the end of the night, we can sleep peacefully because we know that it would be irrational to fear such things as gremlins and zombies.

Part of overcoming your anxiety is understanding, not only that there is often nothing to be afraid of, but also that worrying won’t help. For example, it may be helpful to know that the chance of dying in a plane crash is one in eleven million. Car crashes, on the other hand, are much more likely. However, fear will not protect you from danger.

Instead, when it comes to safety while driving, you can make sure to be mindful of the road, never drink and drive, always wear a seatbelt, and follow the speed limit. Being aware of the actual risk and taking practical steps to protect yourself will prepare you to face these situations with confidence.

Hypnosis for Anxiety

Unfortunately, for those with anxiety disorders, it is not always as simple as knowing the facts and being properly prepared.

If you are ready to try a new approach to get over your fears, then hypnosis might be a good method to try. We offer a free 40-minute screening to assess your situation and provide thorough and forthright information on how hypnosis works, and whether or not it can work for you. Please call (647) 210-8842 and see if hypnosis is right for you!

Fear Of Change

“Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.” – Carol Burnett

Why Change Is Difficult For Many

Change is one of the toughest things for most people to go through, and yet we often have challenges accepting that it is we who control our own changes and our attitude towards it. As a simple example, although I haven’t had cable television in my house for the past 2 years, I do remember the frustration that my friends and I used to go through when the cable company periodically rearranged their channel line-up. It was a few weeks of confusion and complaining, re-learning what you had already memorized to ensure you found your favorite show. The most amazing part to me was that within about a month the complaining stopped, the new channels were committed to memory and the problem just seemed to dissolve away. Or better yet, the new change just magically became a regular part of life.

Whether it is the loss of a loved one, a job change, the prospect of a new relationship, quitting of a habit, or a change in circumstances—humans generally don’t like change. However, as a species, we have an amazing ability to simply/eventually adapt to that change, such that it then becomes a regular part of our daily routine. This includes the instances where we don’t have a choice, and the change is almost forced upon us.

That being said, there are many changes we, in fact, choose to make for ourselves and if we can let go of our fear, anything is possible.

Breaking Habits & Managing Stress

I’ve had clients who want to stop smoking but are almost afraid to do so because cigarettes have been the “friend” that they’ve had through thick and thin for so many years. The thought of quitting smoking is something they want to do for their health and to save money, but that fear of change can also be quite daunting. Those who want to lose weight often have a history of using food to “comfort” them in times of trouble, and the thought of not having that crutch can scare them.

I’ve also had many clients who are dealing with stress and self-confidence issues. They sometimes aren’t even aware that when they are in those states, they actually enable others to give them attention. The fear—even on an unconscious level—of no longer receiving that attention once they feel better and rely on themselves, can be scary for them. Of course, all of these and many countless more goals can be achieved, but letting go of the FEAR of change is always the first step.

How Hypnosis Helps

You can be in control of making desired changes in your life, and hypnosis is an amazing way to do this! Hypnosis is painless, drug-free, and also a lot of fun. With hypnosis, one of the first steps we do is learn how to relax, be in the moment, and let go of our fear of change. I teach clients how to embrace the change, not be afraid of it, and give them tools to help them cope better with their transformation.

Stephen King said, “You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.”  So if you’re ready to make a positive change for yourself, I offer a free screening to every client to determine whether hypnosis is going to work for them. Plus our amazing promotion continues on right now!

You can get $100.00 off any hypnosis program you sign up for. Just be sure to mention the code:  “ITSPOSSIBLE2018” when booking, to take advantage of the offer.

Hypnosis can help you take control of your own life and help you to make your desired changes in your life! Call now for your free 30-40 minute screening and see if hypnosis is right for you:  (647) 210-8842

Overcoming The Fear Of Starting a Business Or Career Change

I have many clients looking for help to make a change in their life. Quite often this change is related to their career. Whether your monthly bills and expenses are high or low, the prospect of changing jobs, or in some cases starting your own business can be very daunting. The resulting fear that accompanies this can be overwhelming.

It can be downright scary leaving your secure job for new pastures, or in some cases starting your own business from scratch.

  • What if I don’t make enough money?
  • What if I don’t like it?
  • What if I fail?

These “what if’s” can often hold us back and the fear takes over.

Imagine if we were able to eliminate fear from our lives? The possibilities would be endless.

For instance, just charging forward in your search for a new job or opening up that business you’ve always wanted, without worry of what will happen. If you did this, you would then be living “in the moment” and be open to the possibilities of what could be, without fear. You would be going with the flow. Sounds good, right?

As amazing as that sounds, it is easier said than done for many people. Often we first have to learn to let go, and erase any feelings of self-doubt. The next steps are moving forward and working on negative thought patterns by replacing them with positive ones, and this also enables you to boost your self-confidence to help you to attain your goals.

Hypnosis can help you overcome many fears, and make the stress of transition in your life easier to handle.

We offer a free screening to see if hypnosis is right for you. If you would like more information about any of our programs including helping your to get over your fear of changing your job or embarking on a new business venture, please contact us to book your free screening at (647) 210-8842.

Practicing Self-Care

“I see my body as an instrument, rather than an ornament.” – Alanis Morissette

It All Starts With You

Everything in your life starts with you. I have many clients who come to the Greater Toronto Hypnosis Centre office, because they are in need of fixing something about themselves. Whether they are trying to quit smoking, lose weight, increase their confidence, reduce stress, or get over some fear or performance anxiety, I explain to them that it all starts with YOU first. If you do not prioritize self-care and attention to yourself, then how can you possibly have enough resources to give to someone else (your kids, your job, your spouse, etc.)?

You Are A Priority

The idea of practicing self-care is not a new one…but it is one that not many consider as important as other things. Taking care of yourself must be a priority.  The analogy I use finds its roots from being a passenger on an airplane. Before the plane takes off, the flight attendants always go through the safety information. Included in this are the instructions that if there is a cabin air decompression, an oxygen mask drops down from above your head. They explain that you are to take the mask and put it on, and breathe normally. However the direction that many people miss is that if you are sitting beside a child or someone elderly, you are to put on your oxygen mask FIRST and then help them with theirs. The reason is that if you collapse from lack of oxygen, then you’re certainly no good to your companion to assist them in breathing. I find this example to be an ideal illustration of how you must practice self-care, and in life, put on your “oxygen mask” first before helping or doing for others. If you don’t take care of yourself and get sick because you’re working so hard for your company, then how are you to continue your job?

So the concept of self-care is one I talk to my clients about a lot. I explain that while taking care of others is important, they must prioritize THEMSELVES first. Take the time to be good to your mind, body and spirit, and then you can work on the issue that you’re trying to fix. If one of these self-care items involves kicking a habit, losing weight, getting rid of stress, etc., then hypnosis might be a perfect tool to help you do this.

Call us now at (647) 210-8842 for your FREE screening to see if hypnosis is right for you, and learn how to practice self-care.

CONQUERING THE FEAR OF DRIVING

The fear of driving is serious enough to hamper many of their daily activities

I often see clients who have a fear of driving. The stress can vary between someone who gets a bit nervous behind the wheel where the fright is always present, to someone who becomes so paralyzed with fear that they cannot drive at all. In all of these cases, the person is aware that the panic they are feeling is irrational, but they cannot seem to do anything about it.

This fear of driving is one of the most common phobias, and it often really is just the fear of loss of control. People that have this are afraid that they may be stuck in a huge traffic jam and can’t get out if they start panicking. They also are terrified that they might pass out, vomit, lose control of their vehicle, have a panic attack, or get into an accident. They may experience the classic “fight or flight responses” with such symptoms as excessive sweating, dry mouth, heart palpitations, dizziness, shortness of breath, and disorientation. Obviously these are very unpleasant feelings to have, and most people will just avoid driving so as to avoid experiencing these types of reactions.

As my clients tell me, their fear of driving is serious enough to hamper many of their daily activities. When they come to see me for the initial free screening that I do for every client, they explain that they are tired of relying on friends and family to drive them everywhere. Simple tasks such as food shopping, or going to appointments quickly become very challenging for them.

This fear of driving can take form in a variety of ways. One client has had this difficulty (including a fear of being alone) for much of her adult life. Another client had been driving for close to 50 years before she was involved in her first traffic accident…That was 3 years ago, and she has been unable to drive since; her fear of another accident has been debilitating to her. And in another client’s case, his fear of driving on the highway seemed to come out of nowhere.

In many situations, if the person is already prone to stress and anxieties/fears, driving can be one of the places where this shows up. The problem is that the more you don’t deal with the issue, the worse that it gets, and the harder it becomes to get “back on the bike” so to speak. However do not lose hope! The fear of driving is not a hereditary disease; it is a learned behavior. So to put it another way:  if in your lifetime, you have ever felt comfortable and confident driving, that was something that you learned how to do. And by the same token, if you “learned” how to be uncomfortable driving, then you can simply relearn how to be comfortable driving again!

If you are not driving because of fear, then I recommend you contact us for a free screening to see if hypnosis can work for you and help with your issue. In the meantime it is important to know that even though the fear and anxiety feels really bad, it can be managed. Instead your reaction to these feelings can help make it controllable for you or not. So if you are feeling anxious or fearful, just allow it to be present; don’t fight it. Notice it, and see if you can almost “separate” yourself from the fear to observe the feeling. Breathe deeply, and be aware of being focused on something else like the cars around you, or the music you’re listening to, etc. These are just some things that I work on with my clients to help them.

However if you are still having trouble, you may be able to benefit from hypnosis and the help that it can bring, as it can be very effective to assist you in driving comfortably and with confidence.

If you would like more information about any of our programs including management of your stress and fears, please contact us to book your free screening at (647) 210-8842.

THE WINNING SHOT

I used to play a lot of tennis; I simply loved it! As a child I remember my instructor teaching me about following-through on my strokes. “Keeping your eye on the ball is very important,” she said, “But if you’re going to hit that ball, you better be prepared to follow through to make a more effective shot!”
This is a good metaphor to use in hypnosis, and also to think about while pursuing goals. Most anyone you talk to will have anywhere from a single to multiple goals they would like to achieve, and it is important to keep your eye on the ball (or in this case, your goal). However the reality is that there are a huge number that do not follow through on their goals.
Following through is very difficult for most people. It’s strange because we certainly don’t have any problem following through on a project at work (for fear we’ll be fired), or at school (for fear we will be failed). However, for some reason, many find following through on their personal goals to be very challenging. We often work harder for others than we do for ourselves.
How do we ensure that we follow through once we have our eye on the ball/goal? There are many things that can be done, including releasing our fear about achieving the goal, ensuring that we actually “want it” and that it’s not a fleeting wish, and of course making sure we devote the time to in fact get the goal done.  There will never be a magic pill that will get your goal for you—you just have to do for yourself.
What you have to know is that there is help available. Whether you want to lose weight, quit smoking, reduce stress, deal with fears, or build your confidence, hypnosis can assist you with reaching your full potential. Hypnosis is painless, fun, relaxing, and can be a very effective tool to help you achieve whatever your goal may be.
Following through is the number one thing you can do to give yourself the best chance at achieving your goal. So keep your eye on your goal, and be sure to follow-through. You just never know—you may end up having a winning shot, and success in reaching your goal!
Hypnosis can help you take control of your own life and help you achieve your objective! Call now for your free 30-40 minute screening, and see if hypnosis is right for you:  (647) 210-8842

A NEW, POSITIVE RELATIONSHIP WITH EXERCISE AND FOOD

Now that the holiday season is behind us, it’s time to look forward to the warmer weather that will (eventually) be here. One of the biggest concerns that many have at this time of year is losing weight—especially getting rid of the pounds that they put on during their holiday meals. 
Whether you’re trying to get healthier, look and feel better, or just want to fit into that bathing suit at the beach this summer, losing weight can be a long and challenging journey. If you have tried and failed to lose weight in the past, you know how frustrating it can be. It is quite common for people to get into a cycle of dieting, then overeating, and then feeling guilty, and dieting again. This “yo-yo dieting” as it’s known, is not only unhealthy, but makes any long-term weight loss very difficult to sustain. Fad diets, nutritional plans and supplements focus on what you put into your mouth and also how often. However, hypnosis is much different.
Hypnosis changes how you FEEL about what and when you eat. As an example, on a diet you might eat an apple, and be unhappy because you wish you were in fact eating an apple pie. But with hypnosis, you can learn to enjoy the apple and simply not give it another thought. What a strange concept:  living in a world where you’d happily turn down your favourite food for something that is healthier for you! With certain hypnosis techniques it may very well be possible to change your patterns of thinking, and get control over your cravings in a way that doesn’t depress you.
Using hypnosis, we target the unconscious mind with powerful suggestion techniques and help you to develop a new, positive relationship with exercise and food. The way a weight loss client recently described it was:  “I now look at the donut that I normally would crave and want, and just say, ‘Oh yeah, it’s a donut, but I don’t feel like eating it.’ and then I just walk away and don’t really think about it any more.”
To lose weight and keep it off, you cannot just go on an eight-week purge, or an intense exercise regime, or a fad diet, and then go back to your previous habits. Instead you have to make real lifestyle changes. This is where hypnosis may have a major advantage over other techniques, and the reason is that in order to change your body, you first need to change your mind. The aim with hypnosis techniques is to make you feel confident about yourself and your body, to alter any negative thoughts about eating, and to help you to lose weight in a healthy and responsible way without impacting your emotional well-being.
Hypnosis is completely safe, and you cannot be made to do anything against your will; it is not possible to get “stuck” in a state of hypnosis. Hypnosis is a positive, relaxing, safe and enjoyable experience.
One question that is often asked is, “Will hypnosis work for me?” Generally speaking, virtually any person can achieve successful results with hypnosis. However we carefully screen each client to ensure that hypnosis will be beneficial to him or her. The best part about this screening process is that it is FREE! If we do not feel that hypnosis will be beneficial for you, then we will tell you so. As you can see, you have nothing to lose by calling and starting to improve yourself right now.
People are losing weight, stopping smoking and relieving stress with the programmes offered with hypnosis.
So keep your New Year’s Resolution! Call us now and book your FREE screening, and find out how hypnosis can help you!
Greater Toronto Hypnosis Centre(647) 210-8842
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