If you’re a smoker (or know one) who’s tried to quit, you know how agonizing and exhausting it can be both physically and mentally. Maybe you feel you’ve tried everything, and those cravings still overpower your conscious will to kick the habit. Why? Because the day you convinced your body that this habit was acceptable, you convinced your subconscious as well, and so smoking became part of your programming. And the subconscious doesn’t give up easy… that’s where hypnotherapy comes in.
Why should you choose hypnosis to kick your smoking habit? To understand how hypnosis works, and therefore how it can work for you, it’s important to understand how the mind functions. At birth, humans only have two instinctual fears: the fear of falling, and the fear of loud noises. Everything else from then on is learned. The mind consists of the conscious and the subconscious, divided by a filter which analyzes every piece of information we receive each second of the day. The subconscious mind makes up a whopping 88% of our total mind power and stores all of our automatic and accepted behaviors like driving, writing, speech, and yes, SMOKING and other habits. The conscious mind stores our reason, will power, logic and decision making skills and only contributes 12% of our total mind power.
Everything in the subconscious mind is a known; an absolute truth. So when a new thought or idea enters the conscious mind, for instance “I am going to quit smoking”, it has to go through the critical filter and check in with the subconscious on order to be accepted. In this case, the subconscious may reply with something like:
“Why should we? We learned that this made us ‘cool’.”
“It relaxes us!”
“All of our friends smoke.”
“We’ve done it for so long, it would be easier just to keep smoking.”
And eventually says:
"No thanks, we’re fine not changing a thing.”
At this, the thought gets rejected and thrown out. That’s because quitting smoking goes against the known, which is to smoke. So now, the conscious and subconscious are going against each other. And when 12% goes against 88%, who is going to win every time? The subconscious has the final say, which means no matter how much will power you have, you’re fighting a losing battle unless you call for backup. Enter: Hypnosis. Hypnosis is simply a heightened state of focus that allows me to work with your subconscious mind and get it in sync with your conscious desires. As a hypnotherapist, I am able to take your thought or idea, bypass the the filter and place it as an accepted known in your subconscious. Consider the following:
**In 1992, the largest study ever done on smoking cessation involved 71,806 participants. It was found that a single session of hypnosis was found to be 3X more effective than nicotine gum, and 5X more effective than willpower alone, making it the #1 most effective for smoking cessation!1
**A study done in 2007 showed that smoking individuals who used hypnotherapy were more likely to be nonsmokers after 6 months compared with those using nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) or willpower alone.
Not only can hypnosis help you quit, but it has also shown to very successful in reducing the effects of cravings and side effects of withdrawal, making quitting more comfortable than you may have previously thought possible!
ARE YOU READY TO QUIT?
To successfully quit smoking, all you really need is a genuine desire to quit. If you are considering quitting smoking, here are some things to think about:
1) Why you started. First, examine why you smoke; why you smoked the first cigarette, and why you continued smoking up to today. Remember not to judge yourself for what comes up, just simply acknowledge.
2) What part of being a non-smoker are you looking forward to? This will be a focal point throughout your progress. Focusing on what you will gain as a non-smoker is a much more powerful motivator than what you will lose. For instance; focusing on developing cleaner, deeper and healthier breath will be much more influential than thinking about "not coughing".
3) Why you want to quit. This is the most important, because whatever the reason is, it must YOUR reason. For example; the fact that your spouse or doctor wants you to quit is not a valid enough reason, and will not yield success in the end because it is not your choice. The fact is, the only person important enough to make you quit is YOU! YOUR health, YOUR well-being, YOUR success!
READY, SET, QUIT!
I think there’s a reason you saw this post today. Whether to pass it on to someone who needs it, or to validate for yourself that enough is enough– the time to quit is now!
Breathe easy; take the first step!