Monday, 18 September 2017

The Cost of Smoking

Despite nearly 100,000 people in the UK dying from smoking-related illnesses each year, nearly one sixth of adults are still smokers.
While it wasn’t until the early 20th century that the harmful effects of smoking were explored, studies continue to expose the dangers of the habit. Quitting smoking is a big challenge for a person to face and they will often need more than just willpower. For many people, hypnotherapy is an effective solution.
  • Nearly 50 per cent of all smokers die prematurely due to smoking-related diseases.
  • The life expectancy of a smoker is about 10 years less than that of a non-smoker.
  • In the UK is it estimated only half of long-term smokers live past the age of 70.
  • Up to 17,000 children under the age of five are admitted to hospital each year as a result of passive smoking-related illnesses.
It is important for the person to know why they want to quit before any successful attempts can be made. It is common for people to relapse if they are quitting for somebody else. If the individuals are making the decision for themselves, the chances of success can improve.

Why stop smoking?

Smoking increases the risk of developing a wide range of health ailments and diseases. But the habit does not only harm the smoker’s health, it can also have a negative impact on the people around them. Children and babies living with people who smoke are vulnerable to many health problems. This includes chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and an increased risk of cot death.
Some of the most common smoking-related illnesses include:
  • Infertility - Smoking affects the fertility of men and women, making it difficult to conceive.
  • Gum disease - As well as staining your teeth, smoking can cause premature tooth loss due to gum disease.
  • Heart disease - This is considered the UK’s biggest killer. Nearly one in six cases are smoking-related.
  • Lung cancer - More than eight in 10 cases of lung cancer are directly related to smoking.
  • Other cancers - This includes mouth, throat, nose, blood, cervical and pancreatic cancer.
Adults who endure passive smoking for a long period of time are also at an increased risk of heart disease and lung cancer. Tobacco is also an irritant; therefore it can make conditions such as asthma worse.

Hypnotherapy for smoking

A great number of people find hypnotherapy for smoking an effective treatment. The method works to break the negative behaviours and thinking patterns associated with smoking. The thoughts and behaviours the smoker holds is often what prevents them from successfully giving up.
When a person makes the decision to stop smoking, the key aspect is to let go of the routine and change their perspective of cigarettes. Breaking an addiction like this is a challenge. Many people find changing how they think about something difficult. As hypnotherapy focuses on this change, it is fast becoming one of the most popular forms of treatment.
When considering stop smoking hypnosis, the first thing the person has to do is make sure they are choosing to quit for themselves. Hypnosis for smoking has been found to be most effective when the person really wants to quit.

How Much Does it Cost?
Hypnotherapy for smoking cessation is usually done in just one session which costs £95. Now if you think you can't afford £95 think about how much money you're spending on cigarettes. Do you know if you smoke 20 fags a day you're literally burning at least £3,000 every year? 
Think what you could do with this money? And think also of the health benefits. It's really a no-brainer.
What Should I Do?
To arrange an initial discussion, please contact me on 07521 353 787 or email me at 
This initial discussion costs just £10 - and if you decide to proceed this is deducted from the cost of your session. 
More information is available at the Mind Generating Success website.
Mike Smith Hyp CS
Mind Generating Success
Edinburgh EH14 1DJ

Friday, 7 July 2017

Fear, Phobias - And Freedom!

Have you ever tried to lose weight but found that diets don’t really work - and you blame your lack of willpower? Or you really want to give up smoking but, again, find that nothing works? Are the words ‘I’ve tried but I just can’t do it’ familiar to you? 

Do you feel your self-esteem is quite low in these difficult times and you are lacking in confidence? Perhaps you have an important presentation to make, or job interview looming or have an exam to take and you think your self-confidence could do with a boost.

Perhaps you have a phobia with a fear of spiders, wasps etc or you’re in desperate need of a holiday - but can’t face flying? Do you feel despair because you think nothing helps? 

Well, a hypnotherapy practice based in Edinburgh may be able to help. Mind Generating Success can show you a perfectly natural process to overcome issues such as these mentioned above. And the beauty is that hypnotherapy – the power of the mind – can help you thanks to your mind power! 

The reaction of many people when I tell them I am a fully qualified hypnotherapist is somewhat inevitable. They wear a look of surprise, there’s an audible gasp and a somewhat predictable ‘oh, look into my eyes’ reaction whilst waving their fingers in my direction. Given television shows such as Back in the Room on ITV, this is no real surprise. Hypnotherapists can be perceived as magical wizards who sit in a therapy chair dangling a swinging watch, putting people into a trance like state where they lose all control. In reality, hypnotherapists can help people transform their lives – and the client is fully aware and in control at all times.  And if I tell you just how many different issues hypnotherapy can help with you may be surprised. 

Hypnosis is an altered and heightened state of awareness that is sometimes referred to as a trance state. Most of us slip in and out of trance states throughout the day in everyday life. Has anyone ever said to you ‘Hey – you’re away in a dream!’ in an attempt to get your attention? When you day-dream you are at your most relaxed and comfortable. This is often when the best ideas 'pop' into your mind – they certainly do in my case! 

You may be aware there are two parts to the mind, the conscious and the subconscious. Many therapists use the term 'unconscious' instead of 'subconscious', and many describe the workings of the mind in great detail. My explanation is very simple:

The Conscious
You are aware and in the present with your conscious mind. It’s the part of your mind that reasons and makes decisions and choices. It acts as a filter to thoughts and suggestions, deciding whether to keep them in the forefront of your mind, or put them ‘on hold’, or to dismiss them altogether. When a thought or suggestion is put ‘on hold’, it goes straight to the subconscious where it is filed away. 

The Subconscious
The subconscious is a container for your thoughts. Amongst other things, it houses all the information your conscious gives it to store, like memories and things it can't deal with immediately. 

Unlike stage show hypnotists, during hypnotherapy you are fully conscious and aware at all times. You will never be asked to do anything you don’t want to do - so there will be no flapping around the room believing you are a chicken! You are in control and hypnotherapy sessions give you time for you and no one else; a chance to indulge in the freedom that having time to yourself give you. 
Okay, I hear you ask. What can hypnotherapy do for me? 

Well, that depends on you. Hypnotherapy gives you time for one of the most important things in your life – you. With relaxing techniques tailored to suit you, you will feel calmer, more relaxed and have a better understanding of your life, needs and aspirations as well as others.  

So, dear reader, if you are someone who wants to lose some weight or stop smoking but find your willpower evaporates after a few weeks; if you feel a distinct lack of self-esteem or self-confidence; if you are someone who has a phobia whether this is of spiders, wasps, general ‘creepy-crawlies’; or even if you’re thinking about going on holiday to sunnier climes but have a fear of flying - contact me to arrange an appointment. After a no obligation initial consultation, we can decide together the best way to enable you to achieve your goals.

The cost of a consultation is just £10 and this is deducted from the cost of your first session. Sessions are £60; for smoking cessation – which is usually a single session -  it’s £95.

Phone or text me on 07521353787 (24 hours) to arrange a date and time for an initial consultation or email me at:

Evening and weekend appointments are available. Home visits are available by arrangement.

Whether you wish to stop smoking, lose weight, increase self-confidence or overcome a phobia why don't you contact me to arrange a consultation and take the first step to overcoming this by natural methods - the strength and power of your mind - by contacting me for further information. 

We have but one life – so why not try and change your life for the better?

Mike Smith Hyp CS

tel: 0752 135 3787 (24 hours)

twitter: @smith_mgs 

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Obesity on Rise as Quarter of European Teens Eat Sweets Daily

A World Health Organisation (WHO) report paints a 'bleak picture' of young people eating and drinking too much sugar and spending too much time sitting down

A quarter of adolescents in England and Wales eat sweets or chocolates every day and 14% have a cola or other sugary drink daily, according to the authors of a report that shows obesity rising among teenagers across Europe.

Even more adolescents in Scotland have a sweet tooth, with a third eating some sort of confectionery and 23% having a soft drink every day. And across Europe, adolescents spend 60% of their time sitting down.

The findings are part of a big new report on adolescent obesity in Europe, compiled by researchers at the University of St Andrews for the World Health Organisation. Gauden Galea, director of the WHO's division of non-communicable diseases which includes obesity, described the findings as "a bleak picture".  Too many young people are in a harmful cycle, he wrote in a foreword to the report. "Most young people will not outgrow obesity: about four in every five adolescents who become obese will continue to have weight problems as adults."

Across Europe, the issues are the same. Young people are eating and drinking too much sugar and too little in the way of fruit and vegetables. They spend too much of their lives sitting down - most often at a computer screen.

Across Europe, 4% of adolescents were obese, says the report - although data for nine countries including those in the UK was not included because it was not complete. Nearly one in five adolescents (19%) was either overweight or obese. The highest levels were found mainly in southern Europe.

In 2014, only about a third (38%) of adolescents aged 11, 13 and 15 years from 40 countries and regions in Europe reported consuming fruit daily, while 3% claimed to never eat fruit. Boys ate significantly less fruit than girls, and as adolescents got older, their consumption dropped. Those living in wealthier families in all countries ate more fruit. A third (36%) of adolescents reported consuming vegetables daily, but 5% claimed never to eat vegetables.

Across Europe, 19% on average had a daily soft drink - the UK figures were higher - and a quarter (26%) ate sweets every day.

Physical activity levels were low and get lower as adolescents get older. "Young people spend approximately 60% of their waking time sitting, which makes sedentary behaviour the most common behaviour (besides sleep) in children and adolescents," says the report.

"Despite sustained efforts to tackle childhood obesity, one in three adolescents is still estimated to be overweight or obese in Europe, with the highest rates found in southern European and Mediterranean countries. What is of particular concern is that the epidemic is on the rise in eastern European countries, where historically rates have been lower," said Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO regional director for Europe. She called for ambitious action by governments.
"High rates of overweight and obesity among many countries in Europe are an important public health concern," said Dr Joanna Inchley from St Andrews, the coordinator of the study, called health behaviour in school-age children (HBSC). "Obese young people not only have a higher risk of developing chronic health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, but also face psychological issues such as low self-esteem, depression and social isolation.

"The proportion of young people who achieving the recommended level of daily physical activity remains stubbornly low in most European countries, suggesting that habitual forms of physical activity such as walking, cycling and active play have largely disappeared from adolescent's lives."
The Obesity Health Alliance, a coalition of more than 40 organisations, said: "Obesity, especially in young people, is a major cause for concern across Europe just as it is in the UK.

"The next government needs to prioritise tackling childhood obesity with measures like the soft drinks industry levy, Public Health England's sugar reduction programme and tighter regulations on junk food marketing to children, to give our young people a better chance of a healthier life."

Thanks to the National Hypnotherapy Society for this article. Hypnotherapy is a natural and holistic method to help reduce and cut out snacking. For further information and details about the life-changing benefits of hypnotherapy, visit Mind GeneratingSuccess

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Get Rid of Your Unwanted Habit

Do you have an unwanted habit? Do you wish you could stop over-eating, tackle your eating disorder, make sleep problems a thing of the past, rid yourself of a fear of spiders, mice, flying etc?
Or do you want to stop smoking and have tried everything - but nothing works?
Hypnotherapy could be the answer you are looking for. Over the past year, Mind Generating Success has helped many people with weight loss, eating disorders, phobias and sleep problems. MGS has also helped people finally stop smoking - one client, who had smoked for over 20 years, stopped after just one session.
Unlike stage hypnotists, hypnotherapy does not mean you are put to sleep. You are awake and in control throughout. Sessions are conducted by a fully qualified hypnotherapist.
To arrange an initial, no-obligation consultation contact me on 07521 353 787 or email me at today.
Evening and weekend appointments are available. Home visits by arragement.
Take the first step to changing your life.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Over-Indulged on Chocolate This Easter? Help is at Hand!

Have you had a good Easter? How many chocolate eggs have you consumed? You can tell us, we won’t tell anyone!

Many of us over-indulge at Easter (as we also tend to do at Christmas) which can be demoralising if one is trying to lose weight. Have you been on a calorie-controlled diet with the daily battle to try and lose a pound or two a week? If so, you may recognise that, at the end of the week, you step on to the scales, possibly with some trepidation, to discover you have lost a couple of pounds. Great! Then you decide to ‘treat’ yourself to that chocolate bar (or Easter egg) that’s been tempting you all week or that brightly coloured cake that’s been winking at you from the baker’s shop window every day when you go to work. Thus, all your hard work is undone….

Many of us enjoy a wee indulgence occasionally.  However, for many, snacking can evolve from a wee indulgence to a regular way of managing emotional problems. How often have you said, ‘I know I shouldn’t but it’s been a tough week/I need some comfort/just one won’t hurt me?’

Or how often have you phoned your partner on the way home from work on a Friday evening after a tough week and said, ‘do you fancy a chippy tea?’ as you really can’t be bothered to go to the effort of cooking anything? Aye, I’ve got the tee-shirt (previously XL but now Medium)

This psychological drive to consume unhealthy, sugar coated food such as chocolate, biscuits, cakes etc. or fried food such as chips can be worsened by the addictive aspect of such foods; thus, begins a vicious circle where you eat because you feel stressed – subsequently you put on weight – therefore your stress increases….

Does this sound familiar?

If it does, don’t worry - you’re not alone. It’s part of our culture to ‘reward’ ourselves with food and even to mark celebrations such as Easter, Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries etc. When this is done on moderation it’s perfectly fine. If you’re a member of a gym, going out for a meal on a Friday night can be balanced by an hour or so at the gym on a Saturday morning. It becomes a problem when this behaviour becomes excessive and/or regular and you begin to ‘reward’ yourself with food more often than is healthy for you. Then it becomes more difficult to keep your weight under control.

So, okay, smart-Alec, I hear you ask. What’s the solution? Well, it’s worth considering that everyone is different and what works well for one person may not work at all for someone else. What you need to consider from a personal point of view is the deep-rooted reasons for you snacking as this works in cahoots with your subconscious mind. And this is where hypnotherapy can help.

Perhaps your snacking habits developed as a child. Did your family ‘reward’ you with a bag of sweets for doing well at school or learning to ride a bicycle or learn to swim? Did your grandparents always ‘treat’ you to some sweets when they saw you? As a grandfather to four little brats young people, I stand guilty as charged over this – my two daughters lecture me about how I should take round some fruit for the wee ones rather than chocolate, cakes etc. And, of course, they are quite right.

So, how can hypnotherapy work to help you stop snacking?

Rather than attempting to work with your will power – which may be a losing battle - hypnotherapy will work with the main cause of your snacking habit and re-educate your brain with different, positive thoughts.

A hypnotic approach helps people shed unwanted weight and stay slim for the foreseeable future. This is done by using the power of positive suggestion. You will be in a conscious, yet deep state of relaxation. No, you’re not put to sleep and made to dance like a chicken around the room like some stage hypnotists. You are awake, aware and in control at all times. I can help embed new strategies to replace the old, habitual snacking process which has developed over the years.

After a few sessions, your aim will be to decrease your wish to have snacks, meaning that healthy diet plans are much simpler to sustain.

I have had great success with clients who have come to see me with weight management issues. One client has lost nearly three stones in five months.

Interested? Contact me at Mind Generating Success today I can start helping you to re-educate your brain and make snacking history.

Weekend and evening appointments available. Home visits by arrangement. If you’re a public sector employee and a member of Premium Benefits, you’ll get 20% off each session.

Phone me on 07521353787 (24 hours)