Got Cigarettes? Hypnosis To The Rescue!
Within 24 hours of your last cigarette your chances of a heart attack decreases. Within 72 hours
your bronchial tubes relax, making breathing easier and your lung capacity increases. Soon
after, in the next two weeks to two months your circulation improves so that walking and
exercising becomes easier. You increase your lung function up to 30%!
Your body is an amazing healer. Every day you are cigarette free you become symptom free.
Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, shortness of breath all decrease and subside. Cilia re-grows
in lungs, increasing ability to handle mucous, clean the lungs and reduce infection. Your energy
level increases steadily.
Most smokers hate the habit, hate the smell, and are embarrassed by how others react to them.
They know the cancer statistics. You would think that is enough to make someone stop. For most
smokers it isn't that easy. This insidious habit actually has many components to it. The
approach used to stop smoking with the help of hypnosis varies depending upon the type of
smoker you are.
The first type of smoker is the one that started because all their friends were doing it. It became a
habit as they associated smoking with all aspects of their daily routine. They smoke purely
because it is habit. Quitting is pretty easy for them. Through hypnosis, they release cigarettes
from their daily routine and create new rituals. They don’t miss the smoking and any withdrawal
symptoms are minor and tolerable.
The second type of smoker is the one who grew up with it. Parents are smokers, as well as
friends and siblings. They may have been exposed to smoke all of their life. They smoke because
it is a part of what they know and it becomes part of who they are. They have seen family
members struggle with smoking and even die from cancer or emphysema. Quitting can be
challenging if the people they live with smoke or family members smoke. They risk others trying
to sabotage them back into the habit. On the bright side when these smokers are motivated to
quit, nothing will stop them. They have to release the ‘friend’ that the cigarette has become.
Luckily smoker relatives and friends tend to be very respectful of those that choose to quit. If
this smoker believes they will suffer from withdrawal symptoms, they usually will. However,
that can be minimized or eliminated with hypnosis.
The third type of smoker is the one who smokes because they think it relaxes them. Often times
they are high strung and suffer from some anxiety. The reality is that there is not one chemical in
a cigarette that is a relaxant. The chemicals constrict blood vessels and make the heart work
harder. What they really need to do is to ‘get away from it all’ which is what they do when they
take a smoking break. They also use cigarettes as a reward for completing tasks. The fix is easy.
They continue to take their breaks, but use replacement relaxation techniques. They get
replacement rewards too for a job well done. Hypnosis reduces stress which helps makes the
transition to non smoking smooth.
The fourth type of smoker is the addict who has been involved with drugs as well as smoking.
Typically they have a family history of addiction. Usually they beat the drug habit and keep the
smoking habit because it “isn’t as bad”. It is the last hold out of their addictive behavior, but
eventually they realize they need to quit. This type of smoker does well with hypnosis but needs
replacements for the habit. They sip on water to replace the oral habit. They use a finger
rub/release for something to do with their hands. They learn how to breathe deeply, as smokers
usually tend to have shallow breathing. They expect to withdraw, but are usually pleasantly
surprised to find that they tolerate it pretty well. A piece of cake, when they use hypnosis,
compared to withdrawal from drugs and rehab.
When my clients come in for a session I ask if they think they will have withdrawal symptoms
(anxiety, irritability, urges). I did a study with my clients over a period of a few years. The
clients who said yes, did have symptoms. The ones who answered no, didn’t have any symptoms
at all! So to solve the problem, I have them experience the symptoms they believe they will
suffer from during the hypnosis session. Because the mind does not differentiate between what is
real or imagined, they experience the symptoms and then let them go. They know then that the
symptoms are manageable and in most cases they are eliminated completely.
The habit of smoking is a subconscious habit attached to the daily routine, attached to
socialization, and to emotions like an old friend. It makes sense to go to the subconscious mind
to quit the habit. In 85% to 90% of the cases, people can stop in just one hypnosis session. A stop
smoking reinforcement CD makes it even more powerful and many people are delighted with
how easy it is to quit!
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Laurie Miller is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist with more than 30 years of
experience helping people achieve their goals in the shortest time possible. You can
work with Laurie in person if you live in Orange County, CA or you can purchase
her prerecorded hypnosis session "Eliminate Smoking" or a customized hypnosis
session on CD or MP3 at http://www.hypnosisconcepts.com/cds-and-mp3s/