As a Hypnotherapist, it was embarrassing for me to acknowledge that I had a smoking problem once. Now it’s different.
Now I am relishing the freedom of being a non-smoker.
Do you want to join me?
It’s actually easier than you think!
Like many of you, I started when I was a teenager. Hanging out with my friends, trying to look cool, trying to fit in. It made me feel like a bit of a rebel, you know, doing things I knew my teachers and parents would not approve of.
Truth be told, I didn’t like the taste of that first cigarette. It made me cough, it was awful. But I wanted to be like the cool kids, they seem to enjoy it.
So, I persisted.
I convinced myself to like it.
I got hooked. You’ve been there, you’ve done that.
Once you are hooked smoking becomes an addictive habit that is difficult to break by willpower alone. Many people say they managed to stop smoking for a short time. But they took it up again because they become irritable, impossible to live with.
Just like me, you already know cigarette smoke contains harmful substances, toxins and chemicals. Every packet of cigarettes carries a warning.
Even though you know all this you’re still finding it difficult to give up.
Well, you are not alone.
Anyone who’s tried to stop smoking will say the same thing: “It’s just so hard to quit”.
I’ve heard many stories of woe, a friend once said: “my girlfriend told me to take up smoking again. I was so irritable and frustrated all the time”.
Other people say they tried nicotine patches and gum but they still continued to smoke; even while they were wearing the nicotine patch (which of course is not so safe because of associated side effects of putting too much nicotine into the body).
From personal experience, I know that these methods did not work for me either. They failed miserably.
This is how I did it – my stop smoking story…
As people regularly come to see me for help to quit smoking I recorded a hypnosis CD. Eventually I started listening to the recording myself. The Stop Smoking CD did help me.
As a result I am happy to report that I stopped smoking many years ago, in year 2005.
I am pleased to say; “I’ve remained a happy non-smoker ever since”.
The health benefits of quitting smoking are immense, this is particularly true for those of you who are already suffering from ill health. After many years of smoking I remember how unhealthy I was getting, the wheezing, coughing, being out of breath.
There is no better time than today to start on the path to becoming a non-smoker.
Go ahead, get in touch and commit to a session or two of hypnosis to help you stop. You are going to spend the money anyway, so why not spend the money on investing in your future health and stop smoking for good.
Or you may choose to put aside time to regularly listen to the Hypnosis CD for Stop Smoking to help you quit. “I know it helped me”.
Written by: Katherine Ferris, Clinical Hypnotherapist
This article originally appeared in the Wellbeing column March 2005 The Glenorian Gazette.