As a former smoker of up to 40 cigarettes a day. At a cost of nearly £14 a day, £420 a month or £5040 a year. It was obvious to me that this could not be sustained, not just because of the health reasons but also the increasing costs. I tried various methods to try to stop smoking without success; Cold Turkey, Acupuncture and Nicotine Patches before Hypnotherapy was recommended to me which has lead me to have not smoked in nearly 6 years. In essence I have saved myself £30,000 in this time. Obviously the money is absorbed elsewhere in the household, better holidays, nicer cars and even paying off the mortgage quicker.
It’s not just the financial benefits that are important. Your health changes rapidly also:
- Your sense of taste will return and you will enjoy the taste of food more.
- Your breathing and general fitness will improve.
- The appearance of your skin and teeth will improve.
- You’ll be more confident in social situations because you won’t smell of stale smoke any more.
- Your fertility levels will improve, along with your chances of having a healthy pregnancy and baby.
- After 2-12 weeks
- Your circulation improves.
- After 3-9 months
- Coughs, wheezing and breathing problems improve as lung function increases by up to 10%.
- After 1 year
- Risk of heart disease is about half compared with a person who is still smoking.
- After 10 years
- Risk of lung cancer falls to half that of a smoker.
- After 15 years
- Risk of heart attack falls to the same as someone who has never smoked.
When you stop smoking it must be for a deeply meaningful reason
You could choose to stop for your health, your children, to live longer BUT there has to be an honest, well contrived and purposeful MEANINGFUL reason. Viktor Frankl found a deep meaning to live. Using hypnosis to Stop smoking will help you discover a deep meaning to quit. In order to stop smoking you have to WANT to stop and want to stop for deeply meaningful reasons.
In order to stop smoking using hypnosis, or at least being able to have some seriously informed consent and choice as to when to smoke and as well to choose not to smoke, there are two very important factors that come into play.
FACTOR ONE: Addictions are usually quite difficult to stop
It is usually very difficult to stop smoking cigarettes after smoking for a long time i.e. more than half of your life.. A cigarette will supply the addict with comforting feelings, seem to reduce stress and like any serious addiction there is a biological and neurological component. There is an emotional component and there is a socially acceptable component. Although it is becoming very difficult to smoke in public places. There are lots of reasons to keep smoking BUT the key here is finding enough meaningful and future oriented why’s to QUIT.
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FACTOR TWO: Your body craves what you are addicted to.
If we eliminate (just for the moment) stress and how smoking calms you for a moment there is a craving that is both physiologically (addiction) and psychologically (addiction) biologically requested. When you smoke you inhale nicotine, granted inhaling a cigarette does not provide a massive nicotine burst, but even inhaling the smallest amount is enough to make you crave more. Nicotine binds to the Acetylcholine neurons in your brain and affects the mesolimbic dopamine pleasure centre in your brain. This drives the smoker to want to smoke and in doing so releases endogenous opioid pleasure rewards; which do feel very pleasurable.
All addictive behaviours involve a mid-brain and forebrain complex known as the mesolimbic reward circuit. This is a dopaminergic pathway from the ventral tegmental area in the mesencephalon to the nucleus accumbens septi. All addictive behaviours and thoughts are associated to this pathway from cocaine addiction to sexual addiction. This also includes alcohol and smoking and gambling.