We’re well into 2017 now, and most people will have long forgotten their New Year’s resolutions. But that doesn’t mean you can’t renew them or make some mid-year resolutions. One popular resolution is to give up smoking, but it’s also one of the most difficult. This post is going to tell you both why you should quit and how hypnotherapy can be a big help to you when you plan to do so.
Why should you quit?
The negative effects of smoking are by now well known. There are a number of health related issues which you increase your likelihood of developing if you smoke. These include heart disease, lung cancer, gum disease, and many many more.
Smoking also damages your lungs and affects how much oxygen your blood can carry around your body. Carbon monoxide found in cigarettes is the main cause of this. One of the significant negative effects of smoking is it also damages the lungs of those around you through passive smoking.
Smoking also leads to a build-up of tar in the lungs and it can also enter the bloodstream and be transported to other parts of the body. Tar contains over 4000 chemicals and over 50 cancer-causing carcinogens.
So, it’s fairly clear that quitting smoking is not only good for your own health, but also the health of those around you. Infants are particularly at risk from passive smoking, so many choose to quit for the welfare of their children. However, it’s important to realise that people are far more likely to quit successfully if they’re doing it for themselves. People who choose to quit for others often find their motivation wanes and they end up taking up smoking again!
How hypnotherapy can help
Hypnotherapy can be an incredibly useful tool when it comes to quitting smoking, and it’s one that many people turn to. It helps mainly by breaking the negative habits and thinking patterns which reinforce and perpetuate your smoking habit.
Once you’ve decided to quit smoking, the most important thing is to change both your routine and your view of cigarettes. Hypnotherapy’s focus on change makes it incredibly useful when it comes to getting over addictions like smoking because it helps to change these routines and views.
Hypnotherapy works by putting first putting you into a relaxed state, as in this condition your mind will be more open to suggestion. Whilst in this state, the hypnotherapist will make suggestions to you in order to change your thought patterns. These suggestions might include “I don’t want a cigarette” or “the smell of cigarettes makes me feel ill”.
You can use hypnotherapy in conjunction with nicotine replacement therapy which will help you treat both the physical and mental addiction.
Hypnotherapy for smoking is not a quick fix, but it is a great way to get control over your addiction and break it. For some people it might take one session, for others it could take a few, but either way, it’s definitely a step in a positive direction!