In a study that made headlines Sunday and has been trending in Google’s top ten today the BBC reported that it was found that “smoking ‘rots’ the brain by damaging memory, learning and reasoning, according to researchers at King’s College in London” (you can read the report here). Yet another health reason to kick the chemical, emotional, and behavioral habit of smoking cigarettes. The study also showed that out of 8,800 people over 50 blood pressure and being overweight was also a factor to a lesser extent.
People who have not been smokers can sometimes find it hard to understand why a person who is a smoker has difficulty kicking the addiction to cigarettes, but addiction of any kind (snacking, chocolate, feelings, gambling, alcohol, internet… the list can go on and on) can become a task of unbelievable proportions when trying to make the changes without help.
There are multiple studies that show hypnotherapy can be an effective way to work through and overcome addiction. It helps reinforce your subconscious and conscious decisions to remove, release and resolve the addiction. It creates a bridge between the conscious and subconscious and helps the change take a more natural progression.
For many people smoking is not just a chemical addiction. The idea of gaining weight after you quit smoking or withdrawal symptoms being horrible is a great programmer to create fear in the idea of quitting. However, weight gain can be overcome with hypnotherapy – essentially most people need something to do with their hands when they quit smoking so they turn to food, especially food that can help release endorphins in the body (just as cigarette do). The actual chemicals generally work through the system within 72 hours. Ask yourself, when was the last time you lit up? Was it an hour ago, two, four? Subtract that from 72 and you are on your way. However, hypnotherapists can also help reduce the symptoms of withdrawals.
Often people associate social and individual actions to smoking making it a challenge to overcome the behavioral addiction. Many times ones environment is created to add comfort around the act of smoking. Most of the time a person’s identity is attached to smoking. Ask yourself do you consider yourself a smoker? Do you consider yourself a business man or woman? Do you consider yourself a stay at home mom or dad? Habits can be hard to break when your identity is tied into it.
Hypnotherapists often recommend joint quitting methods. There are a lot of options available around you. The first step is deciding you want to quit and figuring out the plan to get you there, a life coach or hypnotherapist can help you in this area as well.
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By day Jami McDonald is a certified hypnotherapist, professional life and relationship coach. She has seen first hand how hypnotherapy and NLP techniques have helped many people quit smoking. If you are interested in quitting she may be able to help. Visit her website here.