— Jane Mackenzie
Quit Smoking with Hypnotherapy
Can hypnotherapy help me quit smoking?
Studies have shown that clinical hypnosis treatment is highly effective at removing unwanted addictions and habits, and one of the main things folks associate professional hypnotherapy with is stopping smoking.
Some people try other methods, like pure conscious willpower, nicotine patches, chewing gum, munching carrots and frantic dusting before they seek hypnosis therapy to help to put them back into control of their health.
When you think about it, this is not really about stopping smoking - it's more about why you want to start the next one. Quit smoking with hypnotherapy, which addresses this and a whole heap more, so you can be free to do what you really want to do, with a whole lot of relaxation thrown in as well.
Why is it so hard to quit smoking?
If you have tried smoking cessation by yourself and you cannot, that is because there is a part of you that thinks that the smoking behaviour is helping you to relax, or to cope, or to revitalise you, depending on what you need at the time.
You cannot force that part to change. It's probably even a bit confused at why people quit!
Hypnotherapy talks to that unconscious part of the mind that still insists on doing the smoking and asks it to do something more beneficial for your health instead.
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❛❛Jennie made me realise I knew far more myself and why I smoked than I thought, as she questioned me about how and when I smoked. She told me to stop telling myself off all the time, as it was just making me more and more frustrated. It was the frustration that made me want to smoke! I honestly don’t know what she did but I know I stopped straightaway and could not even imagine why I would want to put another cigarette in my mouth.❜❜
- Nicky G, UK
When is it time to get help?
You may have made a conscious decision to try smoking cessation for your health, and yet you find yourself doing it again and again. You now are not only wanting to stop and cannot, but you're also being really hard on yourself for not being able to quit. You think your will power is to blame, and there is nothing worse than feeling you cannot control yourself. Feeling powerless is horrid, so let's fix that.
Take back control.
It only takes an hour to make tomorrow better. Choose relaxation over frustration.
Quick Tips for You
1. Make smoking a more conscious act.
When you reach for the tobacco, write down how you feel and what having the cigarette will do for you - in other words, how it will change your state.
2. Count the puffs.
Like counting sheep, keep a mental note of how many puffs you are taking. How many puffs does it take until you start to feel the effect?
3. Cut off the end.
If you choose to stop smoking it after a few puffs, cut off the end and save the rest of it for later.
4. Make a note of what urged you to smoke.
As you have each one, understand for what reasons you have it and what exactly each one does for you. Consider how those reasons may differ according to what you are experiencing in your life at the time.
5. Try cutting down first, rather quitting all at once.
Become aware of which cigarette at what time of day is the ‘best’ for you and maybe which ones you could experiment with cutting out altogether.
Wonder why you still smoke even though you said 'never again, I'm quitting?' Don’t accept the phrase, ‘it just happened’ - the conscious mind will try to trip you up.
Just get the information as to why it was useful. Acknowledge that indeed smoking that cigarette or cigar was useful because you never do anything without good reason. Reiterate the physical/health effects of smoking, that it speeds up heart activity for example.
If you already tried to stop, it is not your fault that part of you may have returned to the old habit, though it is your conscious choice to allow it to take place. Don't berate yourself if this happens - the stress may trigger the unconscious desire to have another one, and the cycle will continue.