For many years now, the habit of smoking has been less than sociably acceptable.
Smokers in many countries have been banished from restaurants, bars, coffee shops, food stores and the office workplace.
It has also been well publicized how harmful smoking can be to our health.
There are plenty of suggested ways in which smokers can seek help to give up their habit
including nicotine lozenges, patches, chewing gum, counseling and more.
And hypnosis is another one of those ways.
If you can quit, this is what happens
- Your heart rate drops back to normal within twenty minutes.
- Lung function improves and the risk of a heart attack drops within two to three months.
- The risk of coronary heart disease drops by fifty per cent within the year.
- The risk of a stroke is reduced while the risk of getting mouth, throat and esophageal cancer is half of a smoker's within five to fifteen years.
- The risk of coronary heart disease becomes the same as a non-smoker's risk within fifteen years.
Many will consider that having hypnosis just involves a "one hit wonder" session whereas, in order to neutralize the causes of your smoking habit, a whole course of sessions may be needed to kick the habit permanently.
How does smoking become a crutch?
According to the UK hypnotist Niki Cassar
, when she takes on a new smoking client, the first question she asks them is whether they remember their first cigarette? She says that most of them do. When asked if they found the taste enjoyable, without fail they make a face and say the taste was disgusting. She goes on to say that, in spite of the disgusting taste, new smokers continued to smoke - probably because of peer pressure, lack of confidence or just wanting to look cool in front of their friends.
She makes a valid point when she says:
"BUT at some point, they smoked a cigarette in response to an uncomfortable feeling such as anxiety, sadness or loneliness and they briefly felt better.
"In that moment, their subconscious mind stored that good feeling - and from that moment on, every time they experienced feeling bad, their subconscious sent a subliminal message to smoke a cigarette and feel better.
During hypnosis for smoking cessation, a patient is often asked to imagine unpleasant outcomes from smoking. For example, the hypnotherapist might suggest that cigarette smoke smells like truck exhaust or that smoking will leave the patient's mouth feeling extremely parched.
What Is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is defined as an altered state of awareness in which you appear to be asleep or in a trance.
Clinical hypnosis is often used to treat certain physical or psychological problems. Examples include helping to control pain, weight issues, speech disorders and addictions problems - including smoking.
The hypnotherapist teaches the smoker self-hypnosis, asking him or her to repeat these affirmations anytime the desire to smoke occurs.
There are many who believe that when you are hypnotized, you relax and concentrate better, becoming more willing to listen to suggestions - such as giving up smoking.
If you need help to quit smoking, hypnosis could well be the solution for you.