Strategies to overcome a smoking habit commonly focus only on the nicotine addiction, without considering the underlying issues which are often responsible for the ongoing dependence. At its core, smoking becomes a ritualistic response to various stimuli that are ingrained in the smoker’s daily life. Holistic support to quit smoking with hypnotherapy in Brighton takes a different approach, exploring all elements relating to the habit.* During therapeutic intervention with hypnosis at the Conway Practice in Brighton, or remotely by Zoom, Skype or telephone, any deep-seated and negative behaviour can be addressed and resolved.*
One significant subconscious trigger to smoking is stress. The act of lighting a cigarette becomes synonymous with a momentary escape from the pressures of life. The inhaling and exhaling of smoke create a rhythmic pattern that, for a brief moment, distracts the mind from stressors, providing a perceived sense of relief. The association between smoking and stress relief becomes deeply embedded, making cigarettes a go-to solution during challenging times. Hypnotherapy can be very effective for stress-management by introducing new coping methods and relaxation techniques, reducing the reliance on smoking to control anxiety.*
Social triggers also play a pivotal role in the hand-to-mouth smoking habit. The subconscious mind links smoking with social interactions, be it during a break at work, a social gathering, or a casual conversation, especially while in the company of fellow smokers. The act of smoking becomes intertwined with feelings of friendship and shared experiences. As a result, without conscious awareness the smoker is prompted to light up in social settings, reinforcing the habit through a sense of belonging and acceptance.
Breaking free from a smoking habit involves unravelling these intricate triggers. Understanding the emotional associations between smoking and various aspects of life is crucial for developing effective strategies to reprogramme learned behaviour and false beliefs. Providing you have the personal determination to quit, and not simply to please others, positive affirmations, visualisation and distraction techniques introduced during hypnotherapy can bring about lasting change and a healthier lifestyle as a non-smoker.*
Jonathan Conway is a highly qualified Hypnotherapist, NLP Master Practitioner and NLP Coach, with over 25 years of experience. All sessions will be completely confidential and without judgement. To make an appointment call Jonathan today on 07956 855 027