To become smoke-free you need to develop the mindset that you're a winner.
David Greene's insight:
I apologize for the delay in my posting today. I've been a bit under the weather today, but in the spirit of our "Finisher Friday" I gave myself a gut check and I'm ready to go. Today I wanted to talk about believing in yourself because I think that is the way people can only become finishers. By finisher I mean winner, champion, achieve your goals, and make a life that you want for yourself.
Have you ever had a great idea, concept, or a plan that would fix a problem? Have you been told that it won't work, ignored, or they chose to do something different? I'm sure it's a yes to all of these questions, and we all need to develop thick skin to survive in the world. Agreed, but more importantly you need to believe in yourself in those instances, and believe in what you're bringing to the table.
A year ago I personally left a corporate position because I wanted to make a change in people's lives. In my last positions I was unable to get that accomplished for a number of reasons, but I still believed there was something more I was suppose to do. The release of our eBook and this program is one of many things I want to do to help people change their lives. This year has been fraught with personal illness, losses, financial challenges, depression, and frustration at times. That's life isn't it for each and everyone one of us, but through it all I've held on to the belief that I want to make a difference. I want to be the change, I want to see people take control of their lives, and I want to see people live longer lives with those they love by sharing some information that will help end their battle with smoking.
What is it for you? Do you have doubters or are you doubting yourself? Yes, we all have moments of uncertainty, but you need to remember who you are, the talents you have, and how you want to make others' lives better by following that passion. I'm going to leave you with some quotes below this awesome picture that hopefully will encourage you today. Have an amazing weekend, and look in that mirror and tell yourself "I can do it"!!!
Take care. Dave
"To succeed we must first believe that we can." Michael Korda
"A person can be as great as they want to be. If you believe in yourself, and have courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive, and if you are willing to sacrifice little things in life, and pay the price for the things that are more."
"Believe in yourself and there will come a day when others will have no choice but to believe." Cynthia Kersey
"To be a champ you have to believe in yourself when no one else will."
Sugar Ray Robinson
"Don't be afraid to be amazing." Andy Offutt Irwin
I wanted to start this post with a question to all the readers and smokers out there, "Why is it difficult to stop smoking?" If you've attended a smoking cessation program or participated in a self-paced program you may know the answer. It is most often stated that the challenge of quitting involves a physical, behavioral, and emotional component that all need to be addressed to create a lasting success. How these issues are addressed is the differentiating factor between the programs offered to consumers in the marketplace. Physical- Within ten seconds of the first inhalation, nicotine, a potent alkaloid, passes into the bloodstream, transits the barrier that protects the brain from most impurities, and begins to act on brain cells. Nicotine molecules fit like keys into the ?nicotine? receptors on the surface of the brain's neurons. In fact, nicotine fits the same ?keyholes? as one of the brain's most important neurotransmitters (signal chemicals), acetyl choline, which results in a rush of stimulation and an increase in the flow of blood to the brain.
After ten puffs have flowed through the lungs, the smoker feels energized and clearheaded, but this is partly due to the fact that this was a period which ended a nicotine deprivation, and another is about to happen. Within 30 minutes, the nicotine is reduced and the smoker feels the energy slipping away. A second cigarette is lit, and there is another surge of adrenaline, but now there is a feeling of one of the paradoxes of smoking, that at one dose it can stimulate, at another soothe. The muscles throughout your body starts to relax, and your pain threshold rises.
Another 30 minutes pass and the attention of the smoker increasingly drifts away from work and toward the nearby pack of cigarettes. Nicotine prompts brain cells to grow many more nicotine receptors which allow the brain to function normally despite an unnatural amount of acetyl choline-like chemical acting on it, so the smoker feels normal when nicotine floods the neurons and abnormal when it doesn't. ?You might say smokers live near the edge of a cliff,? says Jack Henningfield of the National Institute on Drug Abuse in Baltimore. Most are never more than a few hours away from the start of nicotine withdrawal symptoms. Behavioral - Nicotine dependence involves behavioral as well as physical factors. Behaviors and cues that you may associate with smoking include:Certain times of the day, such as first thing in the morning, with morning coffee or during breaks at workAfter a mealDrinking alcoholCertain places or friendsTalking on the phoneStressful situations or when you're feeling downSight or smell of a burning cigaretteDriving your car Emotional - Most people start smoking in their teens for social reasons, smoking quickly becomes connected with specific feelings and situations. It is this emotional attachment to cigarettes that can be the most difficult to break.Understanding the psychological role of smoking can make a big difference to your success at quitting.Smoking can be:a particular part of your daily lifeyour way of dealing with stress and difficult situationsan aid to concentration and observationa rewarda way to pass the timea means of introduction and meeting new friends etc.a way to feel part of a groupan effective 'pause signal' between tasksa habitan enjoyable rituala part of your identity.
Hopefully as a smoker you could relate to the information shared, and were able to think of personal examples or situations that have made it difficult for you to stop smoking. At MINDWAYS we approach these challenges by helping you with a process of self discovery that answers the question of "why I smoke?". We utilize this information to identify the scale of addiction, underlying motivations, and to create personalized interventions using all aspects of the mind to create a lasting freedom from nicotine dependence. Take care. Dave www.mindwayssolutions.com
Smokers are people too - how do want to be percieved?
David Greene's insight:
I was researching some data for something I wanted to write this morning when I came across this blog that I found saying some interesting things about people's perception of smokers. I'm going to copy some of the content here, and then make some points after you've had a chance to read the postings.
Here's how it started:
Q: I have a roommate who is a militant chain-smoker. Despite promising not to smoke in the house when we moved in, since the Chicago winter set in, our house smells like a giant ashtray. I've asked him to at least smoke with a window open, but the smoke still seeps in under the doors and through the vents to the rest of the house. On the persuasion end, I don't think there is anything I can do until the weather warms up. Are there any sure fire ways of getting rid of cigarette smoke in your house?
These are the responses to his question:
Use a fairly damp bath towel. (Try putting it on the floor of the shower, turning on water for few seconds, then pulling it out. You don't want soaking wet, but it should be fairly damp overall.) Sprinkle vinegar on it. Whip the towel overhead and around the room; the damp, vinegary towel will soak up smoke where it has passed through the air.
Designating a smoking area in the house is like designating a peeing area in a pool. For the sake of your own health you really must insist on no smoking in the house.
Get rid of the roommate. All these methods of removing smells from a living space only really work if the source of the smell itself has been removed. Unless you're keen on scrubbing down all your walls and furniture every week and changing vinegar bowls every day, the smell will NEVER go away.
The one thing that no one in the post ever mentioned was trying to help this person try to stop smoking. Obviously all the responders gave advice on how to get rid of the smell or the smoker. I thought it was a sad commentary on the perception held about smokers.
I don't see smoking as any worse than other unhealthy behaviors, but a horrible addiction that requires people to receive caring and effective interventions to stop. The current statistics on the number of the smoking population who want to quit is about 70%. Therefore, I wonder if anyone would have asked the roommate or suggested quitting would he have had made that step?
I would like to remind the smokers reading my post this morning that we at MINDWAYS are here to help and support you in transforming your life, and regaining your health. We will be coming out with a solution for you starting in July that will be affordable, personalized, and effective in helping you gain that lasting freedom from your smoking dependence. We're excited about offering a solution that can help people all across the country.
Have a great day, and know we're on your side and will be here when you're ready to take that monumental life-changing step.
In effort to stick with the wellness theme I wanted to provide an article on COPD. As a nurse who's worked with thousands of patients who've smoked, I would say this is a smoker's disease. Both in critical care, and when I was a hospice nurse I saw the sad progression and outcome of this disease.
Therefore, please read this article and see your medical provider if you feel you may be at risk. Increasing respiratory infections, having to sleep sitting up, and you feel it's becoming more challenging to catch your breath. There are medications to help if you're diagnosed. If not, then let us help you stop smoking. We are truly dedicated to preventing people from going down the roads I've experienced with many of my patients and their families. I want you to live tobacco-free, and enjoy a long and amazing life with those you love. Take care, and feel free to contact me if I can ever answer any questions for you. Dave
Home » Newsletters » Harvard Women's Health Watch » June 2014 » COPD: Could you be at risk?COPD: Could you be at risk?
COPD is a lung condition that includes both emphysema (damage to the air sacs of the lungs) and chronic bronchitis (blockage from too much mucus in the airways). People with COPD often have a chronic cough and trouble breathing.
There was a time when chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) was considered a man's disease. For most of the 20th century, men accounted for most COPD cases—and deaths. But by the turn of the millennium, men no longer held a monopoly on this progressive lung condition.
"In the year 2000, the number of women dying from COPD surpassed the number of men dying from COPD," says Dr. Dawn DeMeo, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and pulmonologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Today, women are 37% more likely to have COPD than men, and we account for more than half of the deaths from this disease. The trend started in the 1960s, when marketing campaigns like the famous Virginia Slims "You've come a long way, baby" ad made smoking socially acceptable for women, who embraced this habit by the millions. "Given the lag time in lung disease, we're probably just starting to see the apogee of the trends in cigarette smoking," Dr. DeMeo says.
More vulnerable lungs Smoking is the No. 1 cause of COPD in the Western world in both genders, but researchers are discovering that women may be even more vulnerable than men to the effects of smoke on their lungs. Dr. DeMeo and her colleagues highlighted this finding in a 2010 study in the journal Thorax, when they discovered that women with COPD had worse lung function and more severe disease than men. "For every cigarette smoked, women seem to develop more severe lung disease at an earlier age," she says.
At first, researchers attributed this disparity to anatomy. Because women have smaller lungs, we have less surface area over which to distribute cigarette smoke and other pollutants. At a higher concentration, these toxins can cause greater damage.
Now researchers are looking at other possible factors. For example, the female sex hormone estrogen may alter the way a woman's body breaks down harmful compounds in cigarette smoke. "We're trying to tackle this from all different angles. Is it anatomy, is it hormones, or is it some different physiology? No one really knows yet," Dr. DeMeo says.
Talking to your doctor
"I think any woman with a personal history of smoking should consider having that dialogue with her physician," suggests Dr. DeMeo. Even if you quit smoking many years or decades ago, you can still develop the disease. She also advises women to learn their family history of COPD, which increases the risk for this disease, potentially even in those who've never smoked. It's also important for women to recognize symptoms like shortness of breath and coughing as possible signs of COPD and get them checked out by their doctor, rather than writing them off as fatigue, aging, poor fitness, or overexertion.
COPD is diagnosed with a test called spirometry to find out how well your lungs are working. You breathe out as hard as you can into a tube, which measures the outward force of your breath and how much air your lungs can hold. The importance of treatment
If you do have COPD, getting treated is important. When you can't breathe well, your quality of life suffers. Untreated COPD can lead to a range of complications, even depression.
Quitting smoking is key to slowing COPD progression. "There have been research studies suggesting that women have a steeper or faster decline in lung function than men, especially if they continue to smoke," Dr. DeMeo says. If you've tried quitting before with no success, ask your doctor about combining methods such as counseling and medication. You can also get help from phone support lines, websites, and apps that you download to your smartphone.
No matter how many years you've been smoking or how far your COPD has progressed, you can still improve your health by quitting. Treatments such as inhaled broncho-dilator or oral steroid medicines can open up the airways and help you breathe easier. Your doctor may also recommend pulmonary rehabilitation—a program of exercise, nutritional counseling, and disease management training that can help you gain better control over your condition.
I have a few questions for you this morning: What do you want to achieve in life? big question I knowHow do you plan to achieve your goals or get to that desired destination? The reason I ask is because I want to review Maslow's Hierarchy of needs, and how using some personal motivation that resides in each of us can help us achieve our goals and destiny. The Pyramid of NeedsPhysiological Needs - air, food, drink, shelter, warmth, sleep, and intimacySafety Needs - protection from the elements, security, order, law, limits, stability, freedom from fearSocial Needs - belonging, affection and love - from co-workers, family, friends, and loversSelf Esteem Needs - achievement, mastery, independence, status, dominance, prestige, self-respect, respectSelf-Actualization - realizing personal potential, self-fulfillment, seeking personal growth and peak experience. What is the importance of the Pyramid in understanding how to reach our potential? Maslow believed that when needs are unmet people are motivated to achieve those needs first, and then seek to fulfill the higher needs - (ex. - starving people will do anything to satisfy that basic need because if they don't they won't survive) I would hope that each of you reading this are meeting your basic needs, but this example creates a good focus for us and further justifies the thinking of Maslow. The pyramid is just that - A pathway of moving to a higher level of personal growth where we meet needs that either are central to our survival or will greatly enhance our human experience. So where are you currently on this pyramid? Do you want to find out? Here's a quick quiz that will help: http://helloquizzy.okcupid.com/tests/the-revised-maslow's-hierarchy-of-needs-test Did you complete the quiz? Does it seem like an accurate assessment of where you're currently in your life? If it is, but it's not where you want to be how are you going to change that starting today? I want to provide some help in the form of an article you can read that outlines a process for you to start moving up that pyramid toward the goal of self-actualization. Below is the link to the article. I will discuss the article and provide some practical strategies related to the article in my next blog post. http://hubpages.com/hub/Self-Affirmations I hope this has been beneficial. Please let me know because my goal is to provide help to people in achieving their goals for personal development and health. Thank you for visiting, and have a wonderful day. Dave - www.mindwayssolutions.com
Today I was thinking about some of my close family members who've smoked for many years, and also thought about the roller coaster ride of trying to quit for them. Why is it so difficult to stop smoking? People can show you scary pictures, tell you it shortens your life, and even might make you feel physically awful and still you smoke.
NICOTINE - the active ingredient in cigarettes is known to highjack your brain by altering the way brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) relay messages that cause chemical reactions. Studies show that as quickly as within 7-10 seconds after that initial puff, nicotine accesses those brain chemicals by entering your bloodstream. It then either creates a soothing effect or the opposite. A similar reaction occurs with two common illegal substances (heroin and cocaine), but it actually takes up to 15 seconds with these two perpetrators. Therefore, no wonder it's challenging for people to quit unless they use a powerful aid to create personal success.(http://science.howstuffworks.com/nicotine3.htm)
So, the question is then - "what is a powerful aid that can create success?" I'll give you a hit, it's sort of round and sits on top of your shoulders. Not quite the medical terminology they taught me in nursing school, but you get the idea. :) Yes, it is your brain/mind - the center of control over our bodies. I want to provide some examples this morning to show the power of our minds in altering our bodies and our perceptions.
This information comes from an article I read that is too long to reprint here, but I provided the title and link for you to read at your convenience. I'll also provide an overview with my thoughts.
Humans - 10 Amazing Examples of Mind over Matter by S. Grant 5/21/2013 - www.listverse.com
1). Drying Sheets - A group of Tibetin Monks meditation techniques were studied because they put their bodies in very difficult states for long periods, and appear to change their own physiology to achieve their spiritual goals. "In one of the most notable exhibits of their skills, a group of Tibetan monks allowed physicians to monitor the monk’s bodily changes as they engaged in a meditative yoga technique known as g Tum-mo. During the process the monks were cloaked in wet, cold sheets (49 f / 9.4 c) and placed in a 40 f (4.5 c) room. In such conditions, the average person would likely experience uncontrollable shivering and would shortly suffer hypothermia. However, through deep concentration, the monks were able to generate body heat, and within minutes the researchers noticed steam rising from the sheets that were covering the monks. Within an hour, the sheets were completely dry."
2). Multiple Personality Disorder - Yes, this is usually not a positive occurance, but it's used here to show again your mind's power -
In one case, published by the American Psychiatric Press, a doctor noted how medications prescribed to a dissociative identity disorder patient had different effects depending on what “personality” took the drug. For example, when a tranquilizer was given to the person’s childish persona, it made the individual sleepy and relaxed. However, when the adult personality was administered the same drug it made him anxious and confused. Similar results were found with other patients and with a variety of different medications. Doctors even noticed visibly apparent traits, like lazy eye, would come and go depending on which personality was present. This phenomenon is especially fascinating since no one, including the patients, is claiming mysticism is at work. On the contrary, it is a genuine example of the mind altering the body.
3). Placebo Effect - I have first hand experience with this as I had a stint as a drug rep at one point in my career with a large pharma company. Here's the deal -
A placebo is an inert substance or belief which produces real biological effects in humans. It’s so widely accepted as fact that a placebo variable is included in most medical tests as way of proving if, say, a drug works on its own merits or because people “think” it works.
There are tons of experiments showing the proof of the placebo, but one of the most amusing to watch is a test done by a group of Princeton students who decided to throw a non-alcoholic keg party for their unsuspecting classmates. The experimenters secretly filled a keg with O’Douls (contains about 0.4% alcohol while regular beer has around 5% alcohol) and then watched as their peers acted silly, slurred words, slept on the ground, and generally acted drunk. Although it’s nearly impossible to get intoxicated on O’Douls, these college students had such a strong belief they were drinking standard beer that it affected their behavior.
Curiously, researchers have discovered the placebo effect is somehow getting stronger, and some drugs that have been on the market for years, such as Prozac, are now proving less effective than placebos. Naturally, this is a major issue for big pharmaceutical companies, which has left many scrambling to conduct neurological studies in an effort to come up with new ways to safeguard their industry from ordinary sugar pills.
There are seven more examples of the mind's power in various situations, but let's get back to how this applies to making positive changes in our lives. These examples show how our minds can be used to alter physiological symptoms and psychological perceptions. Both of these components are crucial for a person to successfully stop smoking.
In our new multimedia eBook soon to be released - MINDWAYS QUIT Solution - "Achieving a Smoke-Free Transformation with Mind Empowerment", we teach you techniques that use your mind to control these effects along with practical strategies to create distractions to avoid them from occurring. We're excited to launch this new opportunity that gives you access to personalized assessments and more than an hour of hypnosis by a nationally recognized hypnotherapist Hazel Newsom. Our goal is to change people's lives by giving them freedom from the dependence on cigarettes, so they can pursue their dreams, be more active, and live a longer life with the people they love. We're here to support you, you just need to take that first step. We hope you do. Take care, and try to use your mind today to create a positive outlook. Let me know how it goes.
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