People who stop smoking at younger ages experience the greatest health benefits from quitting. Those who quit by age 35 avoid 90% of the risk due to tobacco use. However, even smokers who quit after age 50 substantially reduce their risk of dying early. The argument that it is too late to quit smoking because the damage is already done is not true. Temporary weight gain issues are also not permanent.
Overcoming smoking addiction is a life enhancing challenge for millions of people worldwide whose lives have been governed by smoking. Many techniques and quick-fix remedies of varying effectiveness are available, but few act as holistically and as close to the source as hypnotherapy.
Hypnotherapy is often cited as a tool to quit smoking along with strategies such as nicotine replacement therapy (the use of nicotine patches or gums) and other popular methods. It works to end the smoking addiction by combating cravings to smoke, motivating you to stay committed to quitting, and promoting relaxation and stress relief so you will not be tempted to smoke.
The mind is a wonderful thing. While under hypnosis, your subconscious mind is able to be reprogrammed to prevent you succumbing to nicotine cravings, keep stress levels down and to be better able to cope in the presence of smokers. By far the most challenging part of quitting smoking is overcoming the psychological addiction, which are the mental and emotional aspects of smoking.
How to quit smoking? Motivation is emotional, and comes from within. Knowing the benefits of quitting smoking is not enough. Feeling a strong desire to acquire those benefits is essential. If too many desires compete for the individual’s time and attention, you may not be able to focus. The desires can loose their strength, and less will be accomplished. The individual should set priorities. Once that is accomplished, hypnotherapy can reinforce those priorities and strengthen your focus.
The procedure of quitting smoking with hypnosis starts by giving your subconscious mind a suggestion that you do not want to smoke, then reasoning out why you do not want to smoke, and even finding some alternatives of what you will do when you feel the urge to smoke. As a result, your brain will be slightly rewired to be disgusted with cigarettes, its smell, and even the sight of them.