Most of my Stop smoking hypnosis clients have had a couple of goes at quitting before they end up at my doorstep.
Millions of people in Melbourne and beyond struggle to beat their smoking addiction – and fail - time and time again. Surely it’s just a matter of willpower…right?
Actually, the belief that you don’t have the willpower to quit smoking is standing in your way and I'll explain why in the next few paragraphs.
How To Quit Smoking The RIGHT Way
The Top 10 Smoking Triggers
Almost all smokers have certain triggers during the day, where the time of day or a specific activity triggers the want or need to have a cigarette. I’m talking about picking up a cigarette automatically, without thinking. Here are the most common ones:
- First thing in the morning;
- After meals;
- While Driving;
- On the phone;
- With coffee or tea;
- With Alcohol;
- On breaks;
- While waiting for something;
- Procrastinating before doing something (I’ll just have a cigarette and then I’ll do that…);
- A reward (I’ve done that now I can have a ciggie…)
Habit Smokers Often Quit With Just ONE Session
Generally speaking, you are a ‘habit smoker’ if there isn’t any emotional attachment to the cigarettes. What that means is you really only smoke because you’ve always smoked (or because you enjoy it).
The habit has become such an ingrained part of your existence that you never questioned (until now) its place in your life. How do you know if you’re a habit smoker? Ask yourself these questions:
- Do I become agitated when I’m not smoking?;
- Do I feel like I need cigarettes, or could I just as easily go without?
If the answer is ‘no’ to these questions then you’re probably a habit smoker and you may only need one hypnosis session to give up cigarettes for good.
Anxiety Smokers Need a Little More Work
You are an anxiety smoker if cigarettes fill a deeper emotional need for you. Here are some examples:
- To relieve stress;
- To calm down after you get angry;
- To relieve boredom;
- When you’re lonely;
- When you’re sad
And if you think boredom is not an emotion, think again. It is one of the most powerful emotions around and human beings will do almost anything to avoid it – including poisoning themselves with cigarettes.
Are You A Bit Of Both?
Some people think they have a bit of habit and anxiety in them – and that’s all good, because I always include some anxiety work in the first session just in case.
If you don’t know which one you are, sometimes you just have to give up smoking and take it from there – you’ll find out soon enough. The important thing is hypnosis isn’t a one-stop shop. Your friend may only need one session to let go of cigarettes for good – you may need three. It’s a very individual thing.
A Hypnotherapist Can Remove Your Subconscious Triggers and Beliefs
Remember earlier when I talked about hidden beliefs that keep you smoking? Well, that's where I come in.
With your permission and using hypnosis, I can help you remove the subconscious triggers and beliefs that are causing you to smoke. I can also work with the part of you that is using smoking to fill a deeper need and help it to help you in a much healthier way.
Your barriers to quitting are different to the next person’s so you need to find a clinical hypnotherapist who will tailor the session just for you. If you want to know more about the process of hypnosis and how it works read this article.
If Matt Can Do It So Can You
My client Matt was a die-hard pack-a-day smoker and had been for most of his life. He’d tried to quit numerous time but the pull of the ciggie with a beer was too strong to resist.
You see, when he quit smoking Matt was fine for a while – but the moment he stepped into the pub with his mates, that little voice in is head kept saying: ‘go on….you can just have one...’ Guess what people? You can never (EVER) just have one!
Matt had a subconscious block to quitting that kept him stuck in this cycle of behaviour – that’s why he kept convincing himself it was okay to just have one cigarette. I found the subconscious block that was causing the problem and removed it in just one session.
Pay For Sessions As You Go
I find the best way to work is to offer single pay-as-you go sessions. Your first session also includes a hypnosis MP3 to help you stay off cigarettes. If you think you’re a habit smoker, a single session might be all you need.
Different people quit smoking in different ways. Some stop completely all at once, others cut down until finally they are ready to quit for good.Whatever you do, don’t give up on giving up smoking!.
- If you pick up a cigarette today, it doesn’t automatically follow that you have to pick one up tomorrow;
- If you went from smoking 25 per day to zero and then one day in the future you slip up, it doesn't automatically follow that you have to go BACK to 25 a day!
If you would like to stop smoking with the help of hypnosis and you live in Melbourne, you can contact me here to arrange a time.