Stop Smoking using Hypnotherapy Sheffield!
Elements of the Envision Sheffield Hypnotherapy Stop Smoking program
I have used my own experience as an ex-smoker as well as my hypnotherapy skills to develop a highly successful* 3-session approach to quitting. (*results may vary from person to person).
- Ready to quit smoking using hypnosis Sheffield?
The first session is all about getting ready to quit.
- Stop smoking with hypnotherapy Sheffield!
The second session a week or so later is the main stop smoking session.
- Giving up, giving up cigarettes Sheffield?
A third session is there should someone need it and this is available for up to 12 months after the main stop smoking session. I also provide useful information (see links at the bottom of this page), self-assessment exercises and a self-hypnosis recording to support the work we do together.
I find that, like most people, smokers really don’t like to be told what to do. What this means is they need to stop because they want to, that it is their own choice and one taken freely. I also find that most smokers know full well that it is not good for their health and are well aware of the risks and the damage it causes to their bodies, skin and appearance, to say nothing of the damage to their pocket (if you want to remind yourself of some facts about smoking please click here – these facts are drawn from the Britsh Lung Foundation and NHS UK).
Knowing what you know now – would you ever have started?
The problem is that most smokers live in hope that that none of those health problems will ever happen to them, that somehow they ‘need’ to smoke and besides, when they reach the point when they really, really want to stop, they somehow would be able to stop. However, if you have been struggling to stop, and perhaps have already tried and failed several times to do so, you will know that it is not quite so easy and that willpower is hard to sustain!
Most smokers wish that they had never started smoking in the first place. Just ask yourself, if you could go back in time, would you start smoking, knowing what you know now and feeling as you do now? Smokers don’t choose to smoke any more than alcoholics choose to become alcoholics: they just become lured into a trap.
Breaking out of that trap first involves opening the mind so I typically ask people to first think about their smoking and ask themselves questions such as:
- What is it doing for me?
- Do I actually enjoy it?
- How difficult is it to maintain my smoking habit (ass opposed to how hard it is to change)?
- Do I really want to go through life paying through the nose just to stick things in my mouth to poison and suffocate myself?
Blocks to overcome
The main block to stopping is FEAR – of misery, of being stressed, of loss of enjoyment, of loss of concentration and self confidence, of sacrifice, of anxiety, of being “once a smoker, always a smoker”, of not being strong enough to defeat it, fear of boredom and so on. Smokers typically fail to realise that FEAR is really just False Evidence Appearing Real!
The truth is that it’s fairly easy to stop smoking if you change the way that you think about it deep down and overcome your fears about stopping. You just need to be convinced of this and provided that you want to quit, then hypnosis enables you to do this exceptionally well*. (* results may vary from person to person) .
It is estimated that 3 out of every 4 smokers want to quit but the question is, just how strong is that want? So, one of the first things I do when someone calls me for help with quitting is to make sure that they really do want to stop. There is a big difference between knowing you should stop and wanting to stop. Even though someone may think it will be hard for them to stop, as long as they truly want to stop, then I can help.
And while right desire to stop has to come from within to succeed, hypnosis can help with that too. As mentioned above, the first session is all about boosting that desire too and helping the mind and body to get ready to quit.
Other methods and hypnotherapy’s success rate
There are of course methods other than hypnotherapy that people can use to quit such as ‘cold turkey’, nicotine patches and acupuncture. People can also consult their GP to see if there is medication that can help. The NHS UK Stop Smoking service is a useful source of advice and options to consider. However, most of the people I help to quit smoking have already tried and failed with at least one and often several different methods before considering hypnotherapy.
And if you have already tried stopping, found it hard and started smoking again, sometimes after months without a cigarette, then your experience is not unusual. Your experience of trying and failing to stop may even lead you to believe that you are forever destined to be a smoker and can’t do it …..or maybe you concluded that the time was wrong and you need to pick a better time next time…… but somehow that next time is a long time coming around. Hopefully, that time has come for you now.
It is always worth remembering just how many people have given up smoking. In 1972 just under half of adults in the UK were smokers. By 1990 this had fallen to just under a third. At present, about a sixth of UK adults are smokers and the numbers are dropping all the time. Yet all the millions of people around the world who stop smoking every year are not in anyway special or more able than you. You are just as capable as they are of stopping. Hypnotherapy just gives you the opportunity to discover this for yourself and enjoy life more being a non-smoker.
For more information please see the following resources:
- How life improves when you stop smoking
- Smoking – truths, myths and lies
- 10 Ways to Help Yourself Stop Smoking
- What’s in tobacco?
- Some facts about smoking
*Results may vary from person to person