Using Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy to Stop Smoking
What if you could use hypnosis to stop smoking?
If you were to ask every smoker in the UK if they liked the habit they have, the majority would say that they simply HATE smoking. An estimated 80% of smokers would be happy to never smoke a cigarette ever again.
Of course, as a smoker you will know that smoking adversely affects your health, even a casual or social smoker will experience a sore throat or that out of breath feeling when walking up the stairs. The World Health Organisation publishes that tobacco is responsible for 5 million deaths per year worldwide. Coupled with the other reasons to quit; to save money, for the kids, healthier complexion and skin, smell, teeth etc, the benefits of quitting are endless.
But you know this right? You know the benefits and reasons for quitting? You know the detrimental effect on your health? So why can’t you JUST STOP?
The reason is quite simple – ADDICTION. Surprisingly, this addiction is not as strong as you think.
The multibillion-pound tobacco industry will want you to think this addiction is strong and powerful. Remember, they want to sell you patches or gum. This is great business for them. The vaping industry is also a huge growing market, you only have to look on your local high street to see the vast amounts of shops popping up.
So, if only a small proportion is addiction then the rest must be psychological. The way our subconscious mind (that voice in your head), thinks about smoking is telling you that you NEED a cigarette or vape. For example, habitual smoking at mealtimes, when driving, out for a drink, and the list goes on.
This all becomes a mental trap, our subconscious thoughts add to the strength of keeping the addiction in place, for example I have had my lunch, time for a cig or I’m driving, time to light up.
You may associate smoking with relieving stress, so a natural response after a bad day would be to reach for the pack and light one up. In fact, not one of the 400 chemicals in cigarettes is a stress reliever, more so, the chemicals are linked to raising stress.
Coupled with withdrawal symptoms when we try to quit makes the whole smoking issue seem to be an impossible habit and addiction to kick.
But what if you could “TURN OFF” that inner voice telling you that you need tobacco?
Well that’s where a using hypnosis to stop smoking can be just what you need. Using hypnosis, a hypnotherapist will reframe your thought process. So you perhaps think negatively about smoking. Leading you to change your thoughts on smoking. In turn this eliminates the automatic response in the subconscious mind that keeps that addiction in place.
So, what happens during the hypnosis? The hypnotherapist will induce a trance through relaxation and breathing techniques, trance is somewhat like being in a day dream, aware of what’s going on but at the same time the mind seems almost elsewhere. The brain wave activity changes and your mind becomes detached from the conscious part of your mind, the part of your mind that is looking for any little reason for you to remain a smoker.
With the subconscious mind now open and receptive to suggestions, positive suggestions are given to dissociate your subconscious mind with smoking and almost block these automatic thoughts when triggered, and reframe them with no association to smoking at all.
So back to the original question…Can hypnotherapy stop me smoking? Clearly, the answer is YES! However, like with any smoking cessation plan, you have to want the results for it to be totally effective. So, if you want to quit then you will be able to with a little help from a qualified hypnotherapist.
hypnosis is an effective therapy to stop smoking
I am John Lowson (HPD MAFSH CNHC, MNCH reg) a fully qualified Solution Focused Hypnotherapist. I am happy to discuss hypnosis with you and get you stopped…and stopped for good!
Just contact me via the Halifax Hypnotherapy Clinic and I will gladly answer any questions you may have.
Or book a hypnosis smoking cessation session online now by visiting our booking page