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March 12th is National Stop Smoking Day. Many of the clients who come for hypnotherapy to stop smoking here in Leatherhead have given up smoking many times. The comedian Dave Allen said, ‘Stopping smoking is easy. I do it every day’.
Smoking is a habit as much as it’s an addiction. Nicotine is addictive, but because it is such a fast acting drug the cravings can be dealt with quite quickly. The habit however, is harder to deal with.
Smoking wraps itself around all the things we do in life. For example when we have a coffee we will have a cigarette with that. When we are trying to stop smoking it is the habit part of our mind that is nagging us to have a cigarette with the coffee.
Another example is how we use cigarettes as a reward ‘when I have finished this job or task I will have a cigarette’. We use cigarettes to motivate ourselves, ‘I will have this cigarette and then I will do that job I have been putting off’.
All of these behaviours and many others make stopping smoking hard. Smoking is almost our friend and companion. Clients worry about how they will cope without the crutch of a cigarette to lean on.
In hypnotherapy we reprogram that habit part of the brain and help it to find a new habit that is more advantageous to the smoker.
The subconscious has always thought that giving up smoking would be a good idea and our conscious mind is fully aware of the dangers posed by smoking.
Make 2019 the year you stop smoking for good. Book an appointment now and one treatment may be all that you need.