If you’re a smoker looking to quit then you might think it’s going to be tough. You might even have tried before without success. The thing is if you want to quit smoking then why not just stop buying cigarettes? Why not just stop putting them in your mouth? Well obviously if it were that easy then you wouldn’t be seeking help! Most people will use one of two excuses for not stopping:
They are addicted to them – In reality the nicotine has left your body entirely after only three days of not smoking, so once you get past the first three days the physical addiction has gone.
They need to smoke because it relieves stress – I hear this a lot, but actually smoking does nothing to relieve stress, the action of smoking, i.e. taking a deep breath in and then exhaling slowly is what is actually relieves stress, so if you’re stressed don’t light up, do some breathing exercises!
Why is Quitting so hard?
It boils down to the simple fact that the habit you have created is being continued by your subconscious mind because it thinks it is what you want. Of course the damage that smoking causes far outweighs any benefit you think you are getting from smoking, but although your conscious mind is well aware of this (otherwise you wouldn’t be here!), your subconscious mind isn’t. In order to convince your subconscious that smoking is harmful, your beliefs about smoking, and the habit itself have to change.
Change Your Belief
Your subconscious holds on to beliefs such as ‘I am a smoker’ or ‘I can’t quit smoking, it’s too hard’ and treats them as hard and fast facts, so the first thing I do is to work on your belief system, Using hypnosis and NLP techniques I can change your belief system so that the beliefs you had that kept you smoking, such as ‘I am a smoker’ , ‘smoking relieves my stress‘ and ‘I don’t have the willpower to stop‘, you simply don’t believe to be true anymore. Once you stop believing these things, then stopping smoking suddenly becomes a lot simpler.
Replace the Habit
In order to break the habit of smoking two things have to happen, firstly the pattern has to be interrupted. For example if every time you got a craving, instead of reaching for a cigarette you did something else instead (like recite a poem or get up and walk around the room twice), you start the process of interrupting the pattern. Secondly I work with your subconscious mind and find out what positive thing it thinks the smoking is giving you, and get it to find some other way of giving you the same benefit but without the damaging effects of smoking.
Of course there are other parts of the process that will lead you to permanently quitting, but hopefully this has giving you an insight of what to expect!
Please note that you must want to quit for yourself. If you’re seeking hypnotherapy because a loved one wants you to stop, then the chances are it will not work.
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