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I am writing this in response to the lazy and inconsiderate reporting that has brought more pain and distress to an already shocked and grieving community.

A fire broke out in the early hours of Monday morning in our quiet street, and the reports in the media painted a picture of a wreckless and irresponsible man whose cigarette habit put his and other lives at risk, which couldn’t be further from the truth.

Harry didn’t smoke and is a man who should be remembered with honour. Far from acting with carelessness, he shouted loudly enough that night to wake us from sleep, which allowed us to call the fire brigade in time to prevent any smoke going near our two year old daughter, who slept soundly through the whole thing. If smoke had entered our property it would have had to drift downstairs below us before it met a smoke alarm, a fact which has now been rectified. As far as I know the cause of the fire is still being investigated, however it is possible that it could have been an electric blanket.

We only moved here six months ago but the high regard that Harry was held in this community was tangible. We were lucky to get to know him slightly in brief chats over our garden fence. Warm, gentle and kind would be the words I would use to describe him. “You’re very welcome here” he expressed often when we first moved in, and he always offered to lend a hand in any way he could every time we spoke, despite the fact we always felt we should be the ones lending the hand. He delighted our daughter, hiding behind bushes and making animal noises, and often had a coin or two to offer her.

In his final act he saved the lives of my family, and for that I will be eternally grateful. I may not have known him well but he will always be a hero to me. Rest in peace gentle soul.

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Today is No Smoking Day in the UK. No Smoking Day is a campaign set up by the No Smoking Day charity that is dedicated  to helping people to quit smoking. It is run together with the British Heart Foundation with the aim of giving people the best chance of quitting. Conscious Healthcare fully supports No Smoking Day, so in honour we’ve decided to publish our 12 top tips for no smoking success. Good Luck to all those in the UK who picked today as their quit date and are starting on their smokefree journey!

Quit Smoking this No Smoking Day

Twelve Tips for Stop Smoking Success

1.      Choose a quit date

Choosing a date to quit helps you to focus your mind and prepare for giving up. It’s a good idea to give yourself a couple of weeks to prepare by telling friends and family, putting in place the support you need – for instance the smokefree services available on the NHS. And gives you time to really analyse your smoking habit before you give up, so that you know all the triggers that might be stumbling blocks to your success and giving you time to prepare for how you might deal with them.

If you’ve already done this step and decided that today is the day – Congratulations and Good Luck!

2.     Get rid of all your smoking paraphernalia before your quit date

Getting rid of everything makes it harder for you to give in to that cigarette that’s left in the packet and helps give the signal to your unconscious mind that you are now smokefree and this is a serious quit attempt.

3.    Write down all the reasons you like smoking

Doing this allows you to see why you’re smoking and helps you to formulate ideas of how else to satisfy the urges. For instance, if you smoke to get away from your desk at work for a few minutes, why not get away from your desk anyway, take a walk for a drink, or to chat to a colleague for a bit instead.

4. Write down all the reasons you want to quit

Writing down all the reasons you want to quit helps you analyse why it is you are giving up and helps you see whether you’re really ready to. If your main reason is because your Dr told you to then you’ll struggle with motivation as it isn’t really coming from you. Find the reasons that make you really determined to quit and you’re more likely to be successful.

5.   Write down all the things that worry you about quitting

A lot of people think they are smoking to relieve stress so they’ll be more anxious during a quit attempt. This is true but it’s because of the withdrawal of the nicotine, not because smoking actually calms people down, in fact it does the opposite by raising the heart rate etc. Weight is also an issue when giving up smoking, a lot of people replace the cigarette with food  – hypnosis can help with this but also being aware that this is a concern for you can help focus your mind on keeping to healthy choices.

6.     Be sure that it’s the right time to quit

Probably when you’re moving house, a relative is seriously ill, you’re bereaved, is not going to be the best time to quit. Highly stressful times can hinder a quit attempt so try to quit when life is coasting along. If this isn’t possible then make sure you get extra support for the stressful events that are going on in life.

7.    Get help

Joining a smoking cessation group or enrolling in a pharmacy quit smoking program helps to increase the chances of success. Withdrawal symptoms can be largely reduced by the use of nicotine replacement products so contact your nearest pharmacy and find out which products would be best for you.

8.   Tell all your friends and family

In fact tell everyone you know. Start telling them you are a non-smoker and ask them not to offer you a cigarette. Watch out for those jealous of your quit attempts as they may offer you a cigarette to help themselves feel better that they are still smoking.

9.      Plan to avoid places you normally smoke for the 1st 14 days of quitting

The first three days are the most important but it will still be a large temptation in the next few weeks. If you always smoke when you’re drinking alcohol, you can reduce your chances of giving in if you avoid being in the situation for the first two weeks. It won’t be practical to avoid these places forever but you’re giving yourself a better chance of success if you give them a miss for a while.

10.  Use Hypnosis

There is the physiological side of smoking that can be helped by nicotine replacement, but any addiction has a psychological element to it too. Hypnosis helps with this side of the addiction by engaging the unconscious mind in a positive way to break down any barriers to change and dissolve the usual triggers. Completing the steps leading up to this one will help the hypnosis to have the maximum effect as reasons for smoking and triggers identified can be worked into a personalised script.

Hypnopro Stop Smoking App is currently in development and will be available to download to your smartphone very soon – so keep an eye out!

11.  Increase your vitamin C intake.

Smoking increases the loss of Vitamin C from your tissues and blood. It is a powerful antioxidant that is important for helping to eradicate toxins from the body and smokers, because of the extra loss, actually need more Vitamin C to help reverse the damage done to cells and tissues. Increase your vitamin C intake and you are helping your body repair as you become smokefree.

12.  Start a savings plan for something you really want – then reward yourself with it.

A reward is a great way to keep you motivated and what better way to use the money that you’re going to save now that you’ve stopped smoking? With a 20 pack of cigarettes now costing around £7, giving up could save you £2,500 in a year if you smoke 20 a day – that’s a fairly good amount to put towards something you’ve always wanted if you ask me!

So Good Luck with your quit attempt! It’s worth it for so many health and financial benefits!

Remember to keep an eye out for the Hypnopro Stop Smoking….coming very soon!

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If one of your resolutions this year was to quit smoking but you haven’t quite managed it, never fear – No smoking Day is on March 14th this year and Conscious Healthcare is gearing up to help make that quit attempt a complete success!

Quitters in Glasgow can get themselves along to the group hypnosis session that will be running from 7pm. Venue still to be confirmed as yet – but it will be a great chance to meet others like yourself, ready and determined to quit that habit! It is also a fantastic chance to experience smoking cessation hypnotherapy for a fantastic price, only £10!

There are also four personal sessions being offered during the day itself at the cut price of £50 (normally £80!)

If that’s not enough, quitters booking sessions throughout March can benefit from 10% off the normal price – quoting SMOKE when booking.

For those not in Glasgow, never fear – plans are afoot for the next app! And yep, you guessed it – it’s Stop Smoking! Although the timings of this are planned for around No Smoking Day, we’ll keep you up to date with how that’s developing…good things are sometimes worth waiting a little longer for!

And if all that fails (no smartphone?) then the MP3 will be available for download too.

Get in touch to find out how Conscious Healthcare can supplement your quit attempt to help make it the success you know you’re capable of! 🙂

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https://market.android.com/details?id=com.ooplah.hypnopro

The app that will help you pass those exams!

It’s a very exciting day for Conscious Healthcare with the launch of the Hypnopro Exam Confidence Android App! And the good news doesn’t stop there, the Iphone one is on it’s way next week!

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Happy New Year!

Happy 2012! Looking forward to a very good year this year after all the rollercoasters of last year! I am normally one for resolutions but this year I’ve decided to choose a couple of words to set the theme of the year and I invite you to do the same:

 

My words for this year are:

 

Flourish

 

Love

 

Respect

 

Conscious Healthcare is going to be getting out there more in 2012. New post coming soon on creating and sticking to resolutions…

Here’s to a Flourishing, Love-filled, Respectful 2012!

 

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It certainly has been an exciting week for Conscious Healthcare this week! I’ve been in the recording studio, trying to get the audio down for the hypnotherapy app that we’re launching in conjunction with Ooplah. It has been the first time I’ve tried to record a spoken audio so was much harder than I expected but oh was it quite a buzz! And to think that was a work day! I do see lots more time spent in that studio but it will be well worth it when the audio’s come out. If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well. Will keep posting updates on the progress of that one.

The pain has started to ease off this week too which has been brilliant. I went back to work full time and luckily mentioned to a colleague that I’d joked about the pain being my body rejecting my job. After a bit of a chat about it, we’re now collaborating on an exciting project that might allow me to incorporate not only my hypnotherapy but my new independent prescribing qualification too! That’s all I’ll say about it right now as it is an idea in its infancy but possibly will update when I know more.

Went along to a marketing workshop too this week, which generated lots of ideas and potential for the future of Conscious Healthcare so looking forward to sharing all when the time is right!

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“The greatest evil is physical pain” Saint Augustine

It’s amazing the impact that pain can have on your life. I now have full sympathy for those with Chronic pain. Not that I didn’t sympathise before, I just didn’t understand really. It’s now been months since the appendix came out and I’m still not back to “living my life to the full thanks to my health” to quote um, me.

Frustration has been the over-riding emotion and to be honest, today I really got bored with myself moaning about it! Why haven’t I used hypnotherapy on myself to fix it? Cause…why?? There’s been part of me thinking that I can’t be moving forward with my hypnotherapy stuff because I’m off sick from my NHS job and that’s not allowed. If I can work on the hypnotherapy stuff, can’t I be at work?

I’m now doing a phased return to work, using annual leave, which is alleviating some of my guilt. Not all though. Hmm, just realised that this is my fourth(?) post and guilt has come up in two of them. Anyone guess I was raised a catholic?!

Truth is, I haven’t told work about Conscious Healthcare, and I feel like I’m cheating on work to be promoting it. It’s only just dawned on me now though that I’ve worked on Conscious Healthcare outside work and I’ve never advertised the fact that my clinic appointments are evenings, weekends and can be booked on one day-time a fortnight – as I work longer hours the other days to allow me to have an extra day off a fortnight.

I am fortunate to have a flexible job, in healthcare, which I am passionate about. I am also fortunate that the job allows me to learn every day and pays me well that I don’t need to work outside it. I do though, because pharmacy has never been enough for me. I’ve always believed in the psychological aspect of health, which did eventually lead me to hypnotherapy. And I guess is the reason for my absolute frustration at this pain I’m still getting. I’ve always believed pain is your body’s way of trying to tell you something – so why am I not listening??

I’ve said in the last couple of days, more than once, that perhaps this pain is my body rejecting my job. It has been something that I’ve been thinking about a lot. I haven’t been all that satisfied in my role, a lot to do with the fact that my current role has been focussed very much on trying to save the NHS money. I do think it is important to utilise the resources to the best we can, but now we are finding that the savings are getting harder and harder to achieve. Patients are all individual, with individual needs so it’s difficult to blanket switch everyone onto one type of drug because it is the most cost effective option.

My role has taken a long time to get into though too, I’ve invested the time in building relations with colleagues that I have a lot of time for. Although my role can be an isolated one at times, I do visit the same five practices a week and have done for over two years now. I also see my own pharmacy team regularly, and have a lot of time for my peers. My boss has just returned from Maternity leave and it’s lovely to have her back. She’s been very supportive of my return to work and I managed to admit to her that I find sometimes I’m bored – so she’s keen to do something about that. Truth is, I’m not ready to give up on it yet as there are so many benefits.

Conscious Healthcare is something I believe in too though, so where do you strike the balance – and how do I make sure that I’m not just working all the time? I had a yogi tea the other day that had the message “the purpose of life is to enjoy every moment” – it was so true for me that I tweeted it – and posted in on Conscious Healthcare’s facebook page (which is as sparce as this blog!)

Hypnotherapy can grow itself organically, I offer evening and weekend slots (not Friday evenings though, those are for fun!) Ooplah are developing a hypnotherapy app for Android and iphone that I am doing the audio for, and hopefully will be developing a whole range in the not so distant future too. And I can blog regularly too, as I intended to before – this one’s been sparked by the wordpress postaday challenge that I’ve only just become aware of. I am participating in the postaweek challenge on Conscious Healthcare and going to set up Conscious Writing to participate in postaday.

Rant over. Hoping the pain will start to subside now that I’ve decided not to reject my job for now until I have a clearer idea of where I’m headed.

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