Stress Relief

Smokers Who Successfully Quit Are Happier!

Smokers Who Quit Are Happier, Study Finds

health.usnews.com

“Smokers might believe that quitting will decrease life satisfaction or quality of life — because they believe it disrupts routines, interferes with relationships, leads to a loss of smoking-related pleasure, or because cessation deprives them of a coping strategy,” says researcher Megan Piper, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and its Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention.

But contrary to their concerns, the study found that those who did successfully quit experienced greater satisfaction with the quality of their life, both in regards to health as well as their emotions, both one year and three years after cessation, compared with those who continued to smoke.

The study was published online by the Society of Behavioral Medicine in the December 2011 issue of the Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

To Read More, follow this link:

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/brain-and-behavior/articles/2011/12/16/life-after-cigarettes-is-happier-study

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Targeting Stress Reduction Helps Prevent Addiction Relapse

Reward-Stress Link Points To New Targets For Treating Addiction

www.sciencedaily.com

Being as I am someone who knows the power of hypnosis to reduce stress levels (and that hypnosis is also known to raise dopamine and endorphin levels in the brain without any drugs) — I couldn’t help thinking while reading this article of just how much recovering addicts can benefit from hypnosis!

It has been widely accepted that stress is a major factor when an alcoholic or drug addict relapses, even when they have been abstinent for a very long period of time. It is also known that drug or alcohol use causes an increase dopamine levels in the brain, which make a person feel good. It makes sense that the mind then associates alcohol or drug use with relieving stress.

The following article discusses new findings in brain research targeting the actual mechanisms of the dopamine-CRF interaction which lead to relapse. Understanding this process could lead to new approaches for silencing this cell interaction.

“The findings suggest a new target to consider for therapeutics that might address stress-induced reinstatement,” says Danny Winder, Ph.D., associate professor of molecular physiology & biophysics at Vanderbilt University. “Such a therapy would be extremely valuable. Essentially all of the pharmacotherapies for addiction to date help people get through the withdrawal phase. There’s really nothing available to reduce the likelihood of relapse.”

(But I would say hypnosis is available as one very good option!)

To Read More, follow this link:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/12/081216201414.htm

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Visual Cues Are Critical to Controlling How Much We Eat

Mindless Eating

www.sciencedaily.com

What do you do while you are eating your breakfast, lunch or dinner?  If you are like many Americans, in our fast-paced culture, then you are probably busy multi-tasking during many of your meals.  It is so common for folks to be watching TV, on their phone, working on the computer, or something else while munching away on snacks or a meal.  And it is true that many who do this also routinely overeat and have trouble loosing weight.

“The human stomach isn’t designed to keep accurate track of how much we have eaten. In fact, it takes about 20 minutes after we eat before our stomachs register that we are ‘full.’ Visual cues are critical to controlling our much we eat,” according to Brian Wansink, a food psychologist at Cornell University.

He goes on to explain how plate size makes a difference as does minimizing distractions and paying attention to what you are putting into your mouth while you are eating.

To Read More, follow this link:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/videos/2007/1202-mindless_eating.htm

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Why Do You Continue to Eat Something that Really Doesn’t Taste Good?

Habit Makes Bad Food Too Easy to Swallow

www.sciencedaily.com

So this was an interesting article I came across on how “habit” can make us eat something that in actually doesn’t really taste good at all.  USC researchers conducted a study at a movie theater where they gave each of the movie goers a bucket of week-old stale popcorn.  Those folks who rarely ate popcorn at the theater did not eat very much of it.  But those who had an established habit of eating popcorn at the movies were found to eat just as much of this old stale popcorn as they usually did with good fresh popcorn.  It didn’t matter to them if it tasted good or not!

David Neal, a psychology professor at the University of Southern California, says: “When we’ve repeatedly eaten a particular food in a particular environment, our brain comes to associate the food with that environment and make us keep eating as long as those environmental cues are present.”

To Read More, follow this link:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/09/110901135108.htm

Categories: Bad Habits, Hypnosis, Smoking Cessation, Stress Relief, Weight Loss | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Did You Get a Good Night’s Sleep?

Lost Productivity in US Workforce Due to Insomnia Costing $63.2 Billion Annually

Do you get a good night’s sleep? Millions suffer from insomnia and it has a great cost both to business productivity but also to your health, wellbeing and happiness. Hypnosis can help tremendously! I have seen it work wonders for many of my clients.

To Read More, follow this link:

http://www.medindia.net/news/Lost-Productivity-in-US-Workforce-Due-to-Insomnia-Costing-632-Billion-Annually-90099-1.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+allhealthnews+%28Medindia+Health+News%29

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New Milford Hospital Offers Hypnosis During Surgery

Relieving the effects of surgery with hypnosis

http://medicalxpress.com

Dr. Courtney Chambers, a surgeon at New Milford Hospital in Connecticut, says of hypnosis for surgery: “What I’m seeing is that more people are using less narcotics and using narcotics for shorter periods after surgery. To hear that people only stayed in bed for a day or two days as opposed to a week or 10 days moping around is very encouraging.”

“…hypnosis in the operating room is less common, but said studies have shown it can be effective. Researchers have found that hearing is the last sense to decline under anesthesia and that a patient can still be influenced by hypnotherapy while under anesthesia…”

To Read More, follow this link:

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2011-07-relieving-effects-surgery-hypnosis.html

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Complementary Modalities Boost Immune System During Cancer Treatment

Integrative therapy program helps cancer patients through treatment and recovery

http://www.pennlive.com

Research shows that complimentary therapies like Reiki, Massage, Yoga – and of course Hypnosis – help to reduce stress levels, increase comfort, and also strengthen the immune system during cancer treatment and recovery.

To Read More, follow this link:

http://www.pennlive.com/bodyandmind/index.ssf/2011/06/integrative_therapy_program_he.html

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Hypnosis Helps Alleviate Menopausal Hot Flashes

Anti-stress therapy can help deal with some menopause symptoms

http://www.washingtonpost.com

In one study of women who had moderate to severe hot flashes and night sweats, those who participated in mindfulness-based stress-reduction classes over 9 weeks were 15 percent less bothered by their hot flashes. About 3 months later, mindfulness practitioners were 22 percent less bothered by hot flashes. The mindfulness group also reported less stress, better sleep and overall improvement in their quality of life.

To Read More, follow this link:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health/anti-stress-therapy-can-help-deal-with-some-menopause-symptoms/2011/06/01/AG4qXZKH_story.html

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Fri March 30 – Comedy Stage Hypnosis Show to Benefit “Relay for Life”

Greater Gardner’s “Relay for Life” team is holding a fundraiser event this Friday night March 30th in Ashburnham, MA. Come see comedy stage hypnotist Dan Candell at the Oakmont High School Auditorium — watch the show, or be a part of it! Either way it will be an amazing and hilarious “laugh to you cry” event. Show starts at 7pm, tickets are $10 at the door. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society‘s Relay for Life. For more info, call Marcia at (978) 582-7771.

http://www.relayforlife.org/gtrgardnerma

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Country Singer Adam Harvey Overcame Stage Fright with Hypnosis

Harvey and Cole are ready for a Rematch

http://blacktown-advocate.whereilive.com.au/

“Few people know that [Adam Harvey] a highly regarded, multi-award winning country singer once underwent hypnotherapy to cure a dibilitating fear of the stage… He is now just four weeks away from releasing the single Falling Into Place from his tenth studio album… Asked if he preferred touring or recording, Harvey said his greatest fear turned out to be his greatest love. ‘I feel so completely at home on stage and touring. It’s the most amazing experience.'”

To Read More, follow this link:

http://blacktown-advocate.whereilive.com.au/lifestyle/story/harvey-and-cole-are-ready-for-a-rematch/

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