Some thoughts on Stopping Smoking NLP & Hypnosis Article

By Paul, Joseph and Luke Clough

How long will you choose to carry on smoking?

Now for some just stopping smoking is a desision and they stick to it. For others we need some help getting new behaviours to be there at the unconscious level. New ways that really support all the 'positive' things smoking did for us but without the smoking habit. That's where our specially developed processess, using NLP, time Line Therapy and Hypnosis really starts to get you the help you need. That together with Joseph's Stop Smoking CD which will reinforce new unconscious empowering beliefs, feelings and replacement behaviours to make things that much easier.

To find out about Cambridge Hypnotherapy and our complimentary consultation call call (01223) 720120 or contact us

We really do sympathise with smokers for many reasons, We really can, as some of us used to smoke after all. Further more we also quit many, many times. We were goog at quitting the evil habit, but were even better at starting again!

Is smoking addictive? Our belief is that nicotine isn’t addictive, yes not addictive. The fact is, if smoking was addictive you couldn’t sleep for 7 hrs straight without a cigarette, but you can. You can travel to one airport to another for over 12 hrs and cope (real addictions would cause tremors, panic, chills, nausea, muscle cramps, insomnia, stomach cramps, diarrhoea, vomiting and shaking). Also smoking is a consistent behaviour and real addictions tend to spiral for more of the substance. i.e. Heroin addicts need more and more heroin and want it more often. Smokers stay at a consistent 20 a day.

But here’s the addiction, the associations we have to smoking.

The associations and triggers tend to be the hardest part when quitting smoking. It was for me.

When stressed, we smoke. When socialising, we smoke. When we are bored, anxious and down we smoke.

Our body makes these neuro-associations to smoking, so that when we go through stress (or other situations) our body tells us ‘We NEED a cigarette”. It does this because our body is trying to help us- for example to deal with stress, fill up time when bored, or maybe to calm us when we’re anxious.

Although nicotine patches are great, as well as other helpful aids, we must also re-learn the associations and replace the behaviour of smoking with something more beneficial.

First of all:
 
We must change the way you think about smoking. As you think of smoking you will have a picture, perhaps a feeling, even a sound. Now imagine something you really repulse. Once again you will have a picture, a feeling and a sound. Now blend the pictures together, combining the cigarette with the repulsive feelings and sights. For example, think of smoking a cigarette with plug-hole hair wrapped around it (And its not your hair!). It certainly changes the way you feel about smoking doesn’t it? This begins to make new associations from pleasure to repulsion. After a few times of this with strong repulsive feelings, you may never touch a cigarette again! Try it!

Then we must break the habit; start doing your daily routines differently. Instead of going downstairs for a cup of coffee and a cigarette in the morning, jump straight into the shower instead. We are creatures of habit, now become a creature of freedom. Begin to break all your other smoking routines, as this will lead you to new unconscious habits as a non-smoker, without the need to smoke. Warning: if you don’t create the habits you want you maybe become one of those smokers who pile on the weight, as your body will need a replacement- and it might choose it for you.
 
Once you’ve broken your routine, you can then replace the behaviour, so make a list of all the alternative behaviours you wish to replace it with and start taking action on them.

Some examples are:

Starting a new health regime
Chewing gum
Taking up a new hobby
Drinking more water.
When you get an urge/craving, just sit in the feeling till it disappears

This alone can help you kick the habit- let alone all the other helpful aids available. Now for some just stopping smoking is a desision and they stick to it. For others we need some help getting new behaviours to be there at the unconscious level. New ways that really support all the 'positive' things smoking did for us but without the smoking habit. That's where our specially developed processess, using NLP, time Line Therapy and Hypnosis really starts to get you the help you need. That together with Joseph's Stop Smoking CD which will reinforce new unconscious empowering beliefs, feelings and replacement behaviours to make things that much easier.

To find out about Cambridge Hypnotherapy and our complimentary consultation call call (01223) 720120 or contact us

Enjoy a smoke-free life and enjoy each moment!

Try hypnotherapy for better results. Through hypnosis Joseph, Luke and Paul Clough, three Master hypnotherapist can help you change your thought patterns.

For more information about Joseph and his work go to www.josephcloughtrainings.co.uk or www.josephclough.com