Smoking is an unhealthy habit, but you already knew that. If you are a victim of nicotine addiction, whether you’ve been smoking for years or recently picked up the habit, you have probably been lectured a time or two about how you should “really consider quitting.” What non-smokers fail to understand is that quitting smoking is much easier said than done.

Quitting smoking is not something that most smokers can just stop doing in one day, as much as they want for that to be the case. To give up the habit of smoking, the smoker has to be prepared to commit and make several serious changes to their lifestyle.

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Stop Smoking With Hypnotherapy

Pasadena Hypnosis believes that smokers and anyone who is struggling with making life changes can achieve anything through the power of hypnosis. Our Master Hypnotist at Pasadena Hypnosis uses effective hypnotherapy tools and techniques to help individuals succeed in their efforts to quit smoking.

In addition to smoking cessation through hypnosis, Pasadena Hypnosis provides services for people who are looking to overcome or achieve:

  • Addiction
  • Weight loss
  • Academic excellence
  • Athletic performance
  • Anxiety
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Stress
  • Success in their career
  • Fears and phobias
  • Positive lifestyle changes
  • Healthy relationships

If you or someone you know is ready to commit to a positive lifestyle change and finally put their smoking habit in the past, contact Pasadena Hypnosis to find out how you can schedule a free consultation!    

Tips To Successfully Quit Smoking

Are you a smoker who has attempted to quit smoking multiple times, only to relapse and pick up the habit again? Allowing yourself to give into the addiction may make you feel defeated, but it is common to attempt to quit smoking more than once.

Smoking is a habit, and it’s up to you to determine when it’s time to quit. Family members and friends will do anything they can to convince a smoker to kick the habit, but it ultimately has to be on the terms of person who smokes. Once you’ve determined that you’re ready to take the first step toward quitting, we’ve prepared a few helpful tips for you to keep in mind as you begin this process.

  1. It’s not too late!
    Whether you’ve been a smoker for 20 years, two years, or two months, it’s never too late to quit smoking. Quitting smoking, no matter how old you are, will dramatically improve the quality of your life. The sooner you choose to throw away the carton of cigarettes, the better.
  2. Learn from the past
    If this is your second or the sixth attempt at quitting, you have a unique advantage. The majority of smokers who are trying to quit end up unsuccessful. But if you have the courage to try again, you can reflect on the last time you attempted to quit and think about the positives and what pushed you back toward the habit. Don’t let insecurities deter you from your potential to succeed!
  3. You don’t have to do it alone
    Communicate with your family, friends, co-workers, and anyone else that can affect the outcome of your journey. Enlist the support of as many people as possible to encourage you along the way and support you when you need it. If you know someone close to you who is ready to quit too, recruit them to join you. By having someone to lean on and keep you accountable while you fight through cravings, you can offer the same support to them.
  4. Consider different methods of quitting
    If you’ve already attempted to quit smoking using a method like nicotine gum or a patch and ultimately failed, then try a different method the second time. Every smoker can quit, but not every smoker can quit the same way. It’s for this reason that there are several different ways to quit smoking. In addition to trying a different approach to quitting, be open minded to different techniques that are available to help smokers quit. In some occasions, the less commercialized method of quitting is the most effective.

Hypnosis to stop smoking is making a big impact on the lives of people who are ready to lead healthier lives and finally kick the habit. Read more about how Pasadena Hypnosis can help you change your life!

Why Is Quitting Smoking Hard?

“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty…” These wise words by Theodore Roosevelt put the importance of persistence and hard work in a new perspective. This powerful quote can be applied in many different aspects of life, and it is a great reminder to tell yourself as you begin your smoking cessation journey because quitting smoking is not easy. At one point (or many) the difficulty excuse was the primary reason you weren’t willing to quit. We get it — giving up any kind of habit is not easy, let alone a habit that involves nicotine.

If you’ve ever questioned why letting go of habits like smoking is such a challenge, allow us to explain.

Admitting that you’re wrong is hard for many people — admitting that you have a bad habit feels about ten times as hard. The first step toward successfully quitting is to be honest with yourself and learn why you feel the need to smoke in the first place. People feel the inclination to smoke for many reasons, and it’s okay to admit to yourself whatever your reasoning is, even if you can’t recall the purpose of smoking other than you have an addiction to the nicotine.

Accepting and understanding why you smoke can help you prepare yourself to develop a quitting plan. By establishing a personalized quitting plan, you will be able to identify your triggers and learn how to manage cravings.

Nicotine is a highly addictive chemical and is the main ingredient found in cigarettes, making it one of the main reasons why smokers struggle to successfully quit. The first few days without nicotine is the most difficult because your body begins to experience symptoms of withdrawal. Rest assured that after only 12 hours without smoking, almost all the nicotine is out of your system, and after five days, most nicotine by-products have rid themselves from your body as well. Additionally, within the first 24 hours of quitting, the level of carbon monoxide in your blood drops significantly. While the first week might feel like complete torture, you’re already making improvements to your health.

Habits are formed by a three-part psychological pattern that begins with a cue, known better as a trigger. When a trigger occurs, it sends a signal to your brain, which goes into automatic mode and causes the behavior to unfold. Activities, feelings, and environments can become linked to your smoking, triggering the habit to form.

When faced with any of your triggers while you’re trying to quit, smoking presents many challenges and often is the reason people don’t succeed. It’s important to recognize what your triggers are so you can anticipate them and develop an action plan to deal with them that doesn’t involve smoking.

Here are a few things you can do to fight the urges when you are faced with one of your triggers:

  • Avoid bars and restaurants that allow smoking.
  • Try to spend time with non-smokers. You won’t crave cigarettes nearly as bad when you surround yourself with people who don’t smoke.
  • Keep your hands busy. Squeeze a stress ball or try snacking on things like sunflower seeds, carrots, and other small healthy snacks that will help fight the urge.
  • Take deep breaths when a craving hits to calm down your anxiety and resist any urge.

Quit Smoking Once And For All

Hypnosis therapy for smoking cessation is designed to help people quit smoking by overcoming their nicotine addiction. The Master Hypnotist at Pasadena Hypnotherapy will work with patients during a series of hypnosis treatments to bring unhealthy thoughts and cravings to the surface. Once the hypnosis successfully gets to the root of the addiction, those thoughts are replaced with an encouraging and healthier frame of mind.

Undergoing hypnotherapy to quit smoking implants suggestive thoughts that smoking is bad and the smoker should do everything in their power to avoid any kind of association with it. Do you remember discussing the triggers smokers have that forces them to light up? The goal of hypnotherapy for smoking is to make the smoker resist the mental urge any time they encounter a trigger.

Are you ready to live a healthier life free of harmful cigarettes? Have you tried to quit, only to be disappointed with the outcome? Don’t give up hope; contact Pasadena Hypnosis and schedule your free consultation today! We offer hypnotherapy services in-office, at home, or on-the-go via phone/video calling.

We look forward to being able to help you find success in your journey to quit smoking. Call us today!

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