November 18, 2012

Smoking & Stress

Posted in Hypnosis, Hypnosis Training, Stop smoking, Stress Management, Uncategorized tagged , , at 6:05 pm by hypnosiscenterofva

Everyone deals with stress every day. Stress comes in all sizes and shapes. Stress can wear you down, especially when it is constant and recurring. Small stress can gang up on a person and become one large persistent stress. Even happy events can be stressful. It’s important that you know what your stressors are and fine the best way for you to deal with them.
Many people smoke as a way of dealing with stress. Cigarettes may help a person to calm down, or be a companion when the person takes a break. Many people realize that cigarettes are harming them, but they just can’t seem to be able to give them up. There is a link between stress and smoking. It’s important for the stressed out smoker to learn new ways to relax. You may want to find outlets for relaxation rather than reaching for a cigarette. Many methods for quitting smoking are out there; i.e., pills, patches, hypnosis. Not every method works for every individual. Do some research and decide which method is best for you.
Some good techniques are: Give yourself a relaxation break. Allow yourself to have pleasant relaxing thoughts. Mentally go to your favorite place. Practice Yoga breathing; a method of deep breathing that helps you produce endorphins – the feel good hormones. Keep your body active – take walks in nature, keep a worry stone in your pocket and use it to keep yourself focused on relaxation. Learn to accept life’s stresses and let go of worrying about yesterday and tomorrow.
Take the Stress Quiz to identify your triggering events: http://www.smokefree.gov/stress_quiz.aspx
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June 3, 2011

New NIH Study of Secondhand Smoke

Posted in Hypnosis, Hypnosis Training, Self Hypnosis, Stop smoking at 6:26 pm by hypnosiscenterofva

Now there’s even more research to support the dangers of secondhand smoke. In May of 2011 the National Institutes of Health reported on a study conducted at the University of California, Los Angeles.  Dr. Arthur Brody headed up a team that studied the affects of secondhand smoke on the human brain.  By using a PET scan they were able to show how nicotine occupies the brain’s nicotinic receptors (nAChRs).  Previous studies have shown that children who are exposed over a long period to secondhand smoke will become smokers. 

Both smokers and non-smokers were tested.  They were put in an enclosed area with secondhand smoke for up to one hour.  The results showed that about one in five of nicotinic receptors in both groups were occupied by nicotine after the one hour exposure.  The group’s smokers had increased cravings for a cigarette after the exposure to the secondhand smoke. 

It was concluded that even limited exposure to secondhand smoke is enough to alter brain function.  This study provides evidence for the banning of smoking in public places.  There is more concern if the smoking areas are small and if there are children around. 

In addition, according to the NIH, a Surgeon General’s Report in 2006 concluded that secondhand smoke causes heart disease and lung cancer in nonsmoking adults.

Based these findings, it’s no wonder that more states are banning smoking in all public places.

Click the link to read the entire NIH article:

Study shows how secondhand smoke affects brain function.

Hypnosis Center of Virginia is a hypnosis certification and training center located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. We offer a Hypnosis Certification program that is accredited by the National Guild of Hypnotists and approved for continuing education credits for RNs and CRNAs.  For additional course details, visit our website at http://www.hypnosiscenterofva.com/

Hypnosis Center of Virginia is affiliated with Healthy Visions. Healthy Visions is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Alabama State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC).   Approved for 40 CE Credits Code # 5-133-101.Exp. July 31, 2011

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