You can probably remember the first time you smoked a cigarette, you might have chocked and spluttered and thought this is disgusting how can people be addicted to smoking? Yet here you are today a smoker spending a large chunk of your money on cigarettes. How did that happen? How can something that made you feel so ill and cough and splutter become such an addiction for you? Well as you may know the answer to this question is nicotine. Within 10 second of inhaling nicotine the balance of chemicals in the brain start to become altered. Nicotine mainly affects the chemicals called dopamine and noradrenaline. When these levels change you will notice a change in your mood and concentration levels. This change in levels of chemicals creates an enjoyable feeling for the smoker and over time this feeling becomes more and more addictive. About 100,000 people in Britain die every year from smoking-related illnesses.
Why should I give up smoking?
Smoking affects almost all organs in the body. It can make it difficult for a woman to get pregnant and dramatically increases risks for stillbirth, low birth weight, ectopic pregnancy and sudden infant death syndrome.
Smoking damages men’s sperm, decreasing fertility and increasing risks for birth defects and miscarriages.
Smoking can cause type 2 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis
Smoking causes inflammation and can impair proper functioning of the immune system
Smoking hurts the teeth and gums, sometimes causing tooth loss, and increases a person’s risk of developing eye problems such as age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.
People who smoke as few as five cigarettes a day can develop early symptoms of cardiovascular disease
Cancers – Including mouth, throat, nose, blood, cervix and pancreatic cancer.
Smoking causes blood vessels to grow narrower and thicker, forcing the heart to beat faster and increasing blood pressure
Smoking can also cause blood clots to form, which may result in a heart attack or stroke
Remember the first time you inhaled a cigarette and you coughed and choked and spluttered? Well that was your subconscious mind trying to protect you, telling you that this is bad for you stop doing it, but you kept on smoking so the subconscious mind had to adjust its own beliefs and it then decided that smoking was good for you so now you think that you need that cigarette, you think you can’t get by without it, but you can!
Hypnotherapy works by putting you in a deep, relaxed state where your mind is more open to suggestion. At this point your hypnotherapist will look to change your thought patterns by making suggestions such as ‘I do not want a cigarette’ or ‘I am repelled by the smell of cigarette smoke’. You may also be taught various tools and techniques, which you can practise at home.
Benefits of quitting smoking
Longer life expectancy
If you quit smoking by the age of 30, you could increase your life expectancy by 10 years. Even if you are in your 60s when you decide to quit, you can still add three years onto your life. Not only will you have a longer life if you stop smoking, you should also have fewer health problems.
Carbon monoxide robs your body of oxygen, which makes it difficult for it to work properly. When you stop smoking you will be lowering the carbon monoxide levels in your blood, allowing your lungs and muscles to work the way they should. More oxygen to the brain will also help you to feel more alert, energised and awake.
Boosted immune system
When you smoke, your immune system is lowered. This makes you more susceptible to colds and flu. When you quit smoking your immune system gets a boost, which means you will pick up less illnesses and generally feel healthier all round.
If you have smoked 20 cigarettes a day for 10 years, you will have spent approximately £20,000 on smoking. Every time a craving hits – think about what you could do with that extra money.
Within nine months of quitting smoking, your lung capacity should increase by as much as 10%. This will help you to do simple things like climb stairs without feeling out of breath. Your smoker’s cough should also disappear and any breathing difficulties or conditions you have (such as asthma) should be dramatically reduced.
Many smokers reach for a cigarette when they are feeling stressed. While the immediate hit of nicotine after withdrawal may make you feel relaxed at first, in the long-term, smoking increases stress levels. Studies have shown that ex-smokers are less stressed than they were when they were smoking.
Younger looking skin
Smoking prematurely ages the skin. Regular smoking can leave your skin dull, dry and prone to wrinkles. When you quit smoking, this effect is reversed as your skin receives the nutrients it needs. In time, you should find your complexion brightens up and any lines you have may appear reduced.
When it comes to quitting smoking, a key aspect is letting go of the routine you once had and looking at cigarettes differently. Hypnotherapy for smoking is fast becoming one of the most popular forms of treatment to help you do this.
If you are considering stopping smoking the first step is to make sure you are choosing to quit for yourself. Hypnotherapy is most effective when you really want to quit. For example, if you are stopping because friends or a family member is pushing you, you may not get the results you want.
It is important to remember that hypnotherapy for smoking is not a quick fix. While for some people just one session is enough to quit smoking, others may benefit from a follow-up session. The ultimate aim of stop smoking hypnosis is to empower people to take control their addiction and develop new patterns of thinking that promote healthier behaviours.