How Hypnotherapy Can Help You Give Up Smoking For Good
It’s No Tobacco Day and you might be thinking about finally giving up smoking. But If you’ve ever tried to give up, you’ll know that what makes it so difficult is that you’re addicted to nicotine, and it’s a physical and psychological addiction. Nicotine is a drug, and it lights up your brain’s reward centre when you smoke, causing the feelings of pleasure that get you hooked. Breaking the addiction is not easy, but by using your willpower and making use of some powerful hypnotherapy techniques, you can give up smoking for good.
What happens when you stop smoking?
When you stop smoking, you go into a state of withdrawal, just as you do with any drug, and it’s not pleasant. If you’re a heavy smoker who has smoked for a number of years, you have more chance of being negatively affected by nicotine withdrawal. The symptoms of nicotine withdrawal include;
feelings of anxiety
strong cravings for a cigarette
constipation or other digestive issues
Managing nicotine withdrawal
Some people try to just stop smoking without any help, but this can be tough, and studies show that people who use smoking cessation aids or who have other help or support are more likely to quit for good.
Here are some tips for managing withdrawal symptoms:
Use smoking cessation aids
You can get these from your doctor or from pharmacies. They contain small amounts of nicotine so they help you avoid withdrawal symptoms, and over time, you gradually reduce the amount of nicotine you use. There are different methods available depending on your needs and preferences such as;
Oral medications such as Wellbutrin and Zyban which replicate the effects of nicotine
Because nicotine stimulates the brain’s pleasure centre, you might feel low in mood once you stop smoking. Exercise is a much better way to boost your mood and overall wellbeing.
Get enough sleep
When your body is withdrawing from nicotine, you might find that you’re more tired than usual. Squeeze in some naps or go to bed earlier to make sure you’re well rested while your body recovers.
Keep yourself busy
Some people complain that they gain weight when they stop smoking, and that’s mainly because nicotine is an appetite suppressant. When you stop smoking, you might satisfy cravings with food instead. When you get cravings, engage yourself in something like phoning a friend or going for a walk. This will help distract your mind until the craving passes.
Take steps to reduce stress in your life
Did you always think of smoking as a great stress reliever? There are far better and healthier ways to relieve stress like walking, gardening, meditation, or using breathing techniques. Hypnotherapy is also very effective at reducing stress.
Set goals for yourself and reward yourself with something nice when you reach them. So when you’ve gone a week, a month, three months, six months, then a year without smoking, schedule in a treat that will help keep you on track.
How hypnotherapy can help you give up smoking for good
- Hypnotherapy can work amazingly well alongside other treatments to help you stop smoking.
- Hypnotherapy sessions can help reduce stress and teach you powerful visualisation techniques to both strengthen your willpower and self-belief, and to help you replace negative habits with healthier, more positive ones.
- If you start to crave food and put on weight when you quit smoking, virtual gastric band hypnosis can help train your brain to know that it’s had enough food.
What have you got to lose?
Whether you have never attempted giving up smoking before or you’ve tried many times and failed, hypnotherapy can help you stop smoking in just ONE session. Yes, you read that right!
Hypnotherapy can work for you
Many of our habits and behaviours happen at a subconscious level, so if we want to make positive changes, we need to go deep into the subconscious and reprogramme it. That’s exactly what we do with hypnotherapy.
During a session, I’ll use hypnotherapy techniques to remove destructive thoughts and habits and replace them with positive thoughts and actions. One session is all it takes!
Contact me to arrange a FREE consultation to find out how hypnotherapy can help you to stop smoking and say hello to a healthier body and mind.