Stop Smoking

Hypnotherapy to stop smoking can be very effective. The thing is, is that you are not just stopping smoking. You are becoming a non-smoker. Smoking is something you understand is shortening your life and damaging almost every part of you, with zero payoff.

In a 2 hour session, we will go into what smoking is, what your motivations are to end the habit. We will look at effective ways to manage cravings and unhelpful thoughts. We will focus on what really matters to you, and use this to help you feel motivated and strong. This can help you to realise that you don’t need cigarettes. They are actually like the most toxic best friend. They do nothing but weaken you to increase your dependence.

We want to support you on this journey – to be healthy, happy and free.

“Smoking is bad”

Smoking habits are bad, sure, but why are you smoking if you already know this? Is something else going on? Probably, right?

Well, we are both here to explore and address some of this – starting with the habit itself. Hypnotherapy can give you a way to stop smoking – to take control of your life.

Smoking – Why we do it and why it sucks?

Firstly, as you have possibly heard, smoking is the third most common cause of death. This comes shortly after heart conditions and food issues, both of which are worsened by smoking.

So why do it? Possibly because once you get started, its harder to stop. But why is this?

Cravings – Part 1

One of the things I discovered when studying this is the chemistry behind it. Turns out that nicotine is a natural pesticide (two drops of pure nicotine on your tongue would kill you). The tobacco plant produces nicotine as a way of killing off insects that get too close.

It is also very similar in structure to a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine.

Acetylcholine is a substance that helps us to relax, by triggering the parasympathetic nervous system. Nicotine is only a familiar copy of this – a toxic, addictive copy of this.

So, when you smoke, you hijack your brain’s natural biochemistry. The brain feels that it can get what it needs from the outside, so it stops producing it. This is where a part of the cravings come in.

The other part of the cravings: The Stress-Smoke Cycle

At the same time as this, nicotine stresses you out. Thought it was relaxing, dragging on a cigarette? Well, it’s a clever hoax. Smoking stresses you out.

It increases your heart rate and reduces the amount of oxygen in the blood. It triggers your sympathetic nervous system (Fight or Flight), and revvs your body up to higher levels of alertness. You may briefly get the sense of relaxing slightly, because you’re reducing the craving from the last hit. You might feel more settled or in control, because you’ve engaged in a habit that you use to cope with stress or anxiety. Maybe, you simply took a few deep breaths.

But very very quickly, the body is ramped up into 5th, revving wildly, even if you are at a standstill in traffic. And then what? You try to calm yourself down with another cigarette.

What happens when you stop delivering that sweet sweet toxic love?

You get cravings. You feel nervous. You feel scared.

Smoking cigarettes is a psychological crutch that is making you more anxious, more depressed, more high strung. The truth is that stopping smoking for over two months, can be equal in mental health benefits as using anti-depressants. I’ll write that again – STOPPING smoking is EQUAL to TAKING anti-depressants. Which means that SMOKING is equal to giving yourself a mental health issue, or intensifying an existing one.

Toxic friends make you feel worse for being near them – and often we don’t even realise this.

Due to all of this, the increased stress and agitation, the cravings, the emotional dependency, the psychological crutch as a way of trying to manage stress, the chemical feeling of addiction, relapse, even after months or years of not smoking is not uncommon.

What can you expect from a hypnotherapy session?

Hypnotherapy to stop smoking is a powerful way to understand and reverse the habit.

Using Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy, talking about smoking and the reasons people do it and the benefits of leaving it behind, we will address all of this together – help to prevent cravings, help to prevent relapse, help to put smoking into the past, where it definitely belongs.

Shifting the mental and chemical relationships will provide you with a long-lasting change to your life, wallet and health.

Remember that there is always choice. You need to make it work. Nothing can do the work for you. Nothing will be an instant fix without you wanting it to work – without you making it work.

No matter how effectively you feel the hypnotherapy has affected you, cigarettes and other substances will still be around. It will always be your responsibility to say yes or no. And it will always be within your power to say yes or no.

Stop Smoking With Hypnotherapy – Get in Touch with Ed Christmas

Hypnotherapy with me can help give you the nudge out of the door – it is up to you to walk down the path.

If you’d like to know more, ask us questions, or book a session, just Get In Touch