The month of October has now become the annual StopTober campaign, where people are encouraged to try to give up smoking.
The risks associated with smoking are widely advertised and include lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart disease, other cancers, infertility and gum disease.
Despite this, however, many people really do struggle to stop smoking. They may feel that smoking helps them deal with stress or worry that stopping will make them gain weight; it may also be all their friends smoke.
Whatever the reason, the truth is that the benefits of stopping are enormous.
A great number of people find hypnotherapy for smoking is an extremely effective treatment for breaking the habit for good. The reason hypnotherapy can be so helpful in stopping smoking is that a key aspect is letting go of the routine you once had and looking at cigarettes differently.
If you are considering stop smoking hypnosis, the first step is to make sure you are choosing to quit for yourself. Hypnotherapy is most effective when you really want to quit. For example, if you are stopping because friends or a family member is pushing you, you may not get the results you want.
Hypnotherapy works by putting you in a deep, relaxed state where your mind is more open to suggestion. At this point your hypnotherapist will look to change your thought patterns by making suggestions such as ‘I do not want a cigarette’ or ‘I am repelled by the smell of cigarette smoke’. You may also be taught various tools and techniques, which you can practise at home.
Some people find stop smoking hypnosis is enough to break the habit, while others prefer to combine the treatment with other supportive remedies.
These could include herbal remedies such as Avena Sativa, a remedy made from oat seed that has actually been used to help support people through anxiety and withdrawal symptoms for centuries. In fact there are records of Avena Sativa being used to help people through opium withdrawal.
If it was helpful for that, then it could certainly be helpful for nicotine withdrawal.
Additional help could also come from a herb called Lobelia, supportive in two ways.
Firstly, it could help to clear mucus from your chest, improving breathing quite quickly, according to herbalists. Secondly, Lobelia actually binds to nicotine receptors and therefore can stop the cravings.