Become a non-smoker

smokingThe benefits of becoming a non-smoker.

Hypnotherapy helps to look at why you smoke and help to change your thought patterns, challenge your thoughts and behaviour; it can also help to dissolve cravings. It can give you the tools required to become and stay a non-smoker.

I will also replace those old habitual smoking behaviours with far more natural and healthy strategies to help you feel mentally calmer, physically more relaxed and altogether more confident.

This will ensure that the all too familiar withdrawal pangs of irritability, mood swings and cravings, the primary reasons why people fail to permanently stop smoking, are replaced with feelings of mental calmness, physical relaxation, improved self-confidence, increased energy and vitality and an overall sense of wellbeing.

What if all your self-limiting beliefs about how hard it’s going to be to quit smoking are completely false? What if tomorrow you really can become a happy, healthy non-smoker?

Hypnotherapy is a proven technique, in my practice in Reading, Berkshire, hypnosis is well known for its beneficial use in the smoking cessation arena.

Experts found that quitting smoking can be just as effective in tackling depression and anxiety as taking antidepressants.

As a result, all those old self-limiting beliefs about smoking; like how smoking helps you relax or feel somehow better; how you enjoy the actual experience of smoking; how you smoke because you’re addicted to nicotine; how it’s going to be really hard to quit; all these self limiting beliefs will easily and comfortably become a thing of the past.

Writing online in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), researchers said the effect of quitting was the same, if not bigger, than for the tablets.

The team, from the universities of Birmingham, Oxford, and King’s CollegeĀ London, analysed 26 studies for their research.

They found quitters experienced a significant drop in anxiety, depression and stress.

The effect was the same among the general population of smokers as those with a diagnosed mental health problem.

“Both psychological quality of life and positive affect significantly increased between baseline and follow-up in quitters compared with continuing smokers,” the researchers said.

They concluded: “Smoking cessation is associated with reduced depression, anxiety, and stress and improved positive mood and quality of life compared with continuing to smoke.”

Participants in the studies were aged 44 on average, smoked about 20 cigarettes a day, and were followed up for an average of six months.

The researchers said healthcare professionals who have been reluctant to offer stop-smoking advice to people with mental health disorders, for fear of quitting making them worse, should be encouraged by the findings.

They acknowledged many smokers, including those without mental health problems, believe smoking helps them wind down.

They said: “Although most smokers report wanting to quit, many continue as they report that smoking provides them with mental health benefits.

“(Research shows) that regular smokers report smoking cigarettes to alleviate emotional problems and feelings of depression and anxiety, to stabilise mood, and for relaxation as well as relieving stress.”

Gemma Taylor, the University of Birmingham researcher who led the study, said: “It is hugely encouraging to be able to demonstrate that smoking cessation leads to an improvement in mental health.

“Smoking rates in the general population have declined substantially over the last 40 years.

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