In a country where cigarette ends outnumbered sea shells on the beach, where both staff and patients smoked blithely in health centres, where even the penitents carrying the Easter processional thrones could be relied upon to stop for a quick ciggie, who would ever have imagined that the smokers would become the pariahs of society?
For tobacco addicts hard times are here; lower priority for receiving health treatments; increasingly difficult to buy and smokers banished from bars and cafes. And in the UK too. There are radical measures afoot to quash the habit in 2007, and one could even imagine that bans may actually be legally enforced!
So what to do if you find yourself struggling to kick the habit, even after another January’s worth of new year resolutions begin to fade in the February sun. First-off, remember that what you’re dealing with here is a HABIT.
The addiction part of the equation, at least on a physical level, is over after the first day or two. It’s the mental addiction, the emotional crutch that most people have difficulty with; and another name for that is HABIT.
If you are feeling unsympathetic, take a moment to consider how you would feel if your early morning coffee was taken away. Forcibly. Even if you are applying the force, how hard would it be to keep going on day two, and day three, and so on?
Getting the help you need
For those who have unsuccessfully tried other methods like the popular patches or chewing-gums, there are still alternatives with very high success rates. Our day-to-day behavior and habits are largely controlled by the subconscious mind, and this is the area where we need to begin work if we want to make changes to our habits, whether smoking or any other habitual behavior. To reach this subconscious part of the mind we need to be in a state of deep relaxation. One of the best ways to obtain these states is via hypnotherapy, which is effectively a therapy of suggestion, and with which I have a success rate of 85%.
As a therapy of suggestion, hypnosis does not control your mind and cannot make you do anything against your will. The method works by installing positive suggestions in the subconscious mind. The most important part is that the person is serious and committed to quitting the habit. So if you want to quit again this year, give it a go…you’ve got nothing to lose!
Frequently asked questions about hypnosis
1. What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnosis is a state of deep relaxation. An altered state of mind which is induced either by a hypnotherapist or the person themselves.
2. How will I feel during the session?
The predominant description most people give of the experience is ‘That didn’t work, I never went under, and I heard everything that was going on around me’.
In actual fact, the hypnotized state is a pleasant and relaxing natural state during which a person can converse easily. You too will just feel relaxed.
3. I’m worried that I could be made to do or say something that will embarrass me. It is not possible that you could do or say anything against your will. In the case of stopping smoking, it is therefore necessary that you genuinely want to give up the habit.
4. How does it work?
All you have to do is relax. The Hypnotherapist will make suggestions which automatically enter your subconscious mind and will start to work for you.
5. Does it work?
Yes, if you select a reputable Hypnotherapist (any good one will not be offended if you ask to see their credentials) an 85% success rate can be achieved.
For more information about hypnosis contact Ann Borders 606 072 803
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