We’ve all seen them, those pictures on social media sites and tattooed on the arms and backs of necks of mums and dads in the playground. Positive affirmations, positive quotes, sayings that are supposed to make us think and some on some web pages where they claim they can change lives. You don’t have to look very far to find one. I like them and further to that I do get involved in the sharing of some of these affirmations on social media. Only the ones that I truly can relate to, take from or think can be of use to a specific friend. It would seem that I am not alone but what are they for? What do they do? Do they do anything?
I can’t honestly say that one single quote has ever had such a profound effect that I felt that my life was changed. However I have sought comfort in affirmations.
An affirmation is a statement said with confidence about the perceived truth. The problem is these will only truly be successful if your brain is open to the suggestion of the concept presented to you.
Imagine a child bouncing a ball. They will naturally bounce the ball with their strongest, more dominant hand. Ask them to swap hands and the natural and most common reaction of the child will be that they ‘Can’t’. However if the child were to practise and measure their success in the amount of times the ball bounces, I could almost guarantee that they will be able to do it and that the more they practice the better the result.
So what does this have to do with affirmations?
Affirmations can be both positive and negative. Negative affirmations such as ‘CAN’T’ are learnt. How you ever noticed that if you tell yourself you can’t do something, more often than not you won’t. Your brain knows that to be true. In order to then achieve this task you have to retune your mind and relearn that in fact you can.
Repetition of positive affirmations can go some way to re-tune your brain. Hearing these positive messages out loud also makes a difference to the speed at which the brain recognises that concept or suggestion as right and true.
My job as a hypnotherapist is to communicate with the part of the brain that learns behaviour. By talking directly to this part of the brain I can install positive affirmations that grow into life changing thoughts.
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With over 240,000 people trying to stop smoking for 28 days, the NHS-sponsored ‘Stoptober’ campaign is proving that smoking is a habit many want to kick.
But is 28 days enough? The campaign is based on the idea that if you can stop smoking for 28 days you are more likely to stay a non smoker.
This has not been proven. Nor, at this stage, has the controversial e-cigarette proved to be an aid to beating the habit.
But hypnotherapy has. Using a hypnotic approach to allow you to stop smoking cigarettes usually means you are helped to get rid of the dependency entirely and stay cigarette and nicotine free.
And e-cigarettes got their bit of bad publicity this month when shop assistant Michelle Capewell was ordered to leave the store where she worked after puffing on an electronic cigarette. The 41-year-old, who works at a photographic studio inside a Mothercare branch, was on the main shop floor when she took the device out of her pocket and had one drag.
While e-cigarettes have their fans like Kate Moss and Leonardo DiCaprio, public health experts are sharply divided about e cigarettes, with some arguing they could substantially cut deaths from tobacco – of which there are 100,000 annually in the UK – while others warn they will only add glamour to smoking, especially among the young.
Euro MPs added to the confusion this month by throwing out a European Commission proposal, supported by the UK’s regulatory authority, to treat e-cigarettes as medicines.
E-cigarettes comprise a battery, atomiser and a cartridge containing nicotine, suspended in a solution of propylene glycol (the stuff from which theatrical smoke is made). When the user inhales, the solution is vaporised (hence ‘vaping’), delivering a nicotine hit to the lungs without the tar and toxins that would come from conventional cigarettes. One set of concerns has to do with safety and standardisation. The UK body that oversees the regulation of medicines, the MHRA, says e-cigarettes currently available do not meet appropriate standards of ‘safety, quality and efficacy’.
Anecdotal reports point to dangers caused by variations in product quality, including facial burns after a vaporiser exploded in a consumer’s mouth.
The US Food and Drug Administration has also found that nicotine doses vary between devices, and have been found to vary from the advertised dose on the label – while the ingredients in e-liquid are also not listed.
Hypnotherapy is an excellent choice for people wanting a quick and effective way to stop smoking permanently.
The National Council for Hypnotherapy’s marketing director Paul Howard says: “Changing the underlying beliefs that are held by smokers is key to changing the behaviours that underpin their smoking behaviours. Once this is done, clients find that it is much easier to stop smoking.”
He said using a hypnotic approach to allow a client to stop smoking cigarettes usually means they are helped to get rid of the dependency entirely and stay cigarette and nicotine free.
From Stoptober – myth or magic? Posted on 14th October, 2013 by NCH News
Becky lives in West Sussex, UK and is a Therapist using hypnosis, Psy-TaP, Kinetic Shift and Mindscaping. Please feel free to explore the website to learn more about her.