Quitting the smoking habit with hypnotherapy*
Whether you’ve previously tried to be free of the smoking habit or this is your first attempt, you may well have discovered that it can be a tough challenge. Hypnotherapy can help you to stop smoking by quieting the conscious mind, giving easier access to establish the reasons behind any negative thoughts and prompts which have led to the habit.*
You may believe that the addiction to nicotine is the only barrier to giving up cigarettes. In fact, nicotine withdrawal is relatively short-lived, but the hand-to-mouth habit is more difficult to overcome. During hypnosis to help you stop smoking, the origin of the subconscious triggers can be identified and resolved.* Stress is a major contributor to the reliance on smoking in an attempt to cope with an anxious state of mind. Although nicotine may reduce anxiety, the calming affects are brief and this isn’t a solution to dealing with the root cause or management of stress.
Hypnosis is a deeply relaxed state of altered awareness, similar to a daydream where you remain in control and responsive to positive suggestion. You are no doubt aware of the health risks smokers face, but the subconscious can overrule any concerns, with negative self-talk on why this is never quite the right time to stop. There may be a resistance due to being under too much pressure, boredom and loneliness or as a distraction in difficult situations.
Hypnotherapy provides the opportunity to address not only why you first began to smoke, but also why you feel the overwhelming need to continue.* You may have first become a smoker during your teenage years, possibly due to peer pressure from friends or to push the boundaries and appear more grown up. Social bonding and mirroring the habits of others can be one of the subconscious prompts which cause you to light a cigarette, even if you have no physical need for nicotine.
At the Conway Practice, hypnosis can be used effectively to help you to stop smoking by introducing relaxation and positive visualisation techniques, resulting in a healthier and calmer lifestyle.*