You may think smoking makes you feel better. But actually, you’ll actually feel better if you’d stop smoking. We’ve looked at the many reasons why smokers find it difficult to quit; this time around, we’ll be taking a look at why they start smoking in the first place. Then we’ll tell you why, once you definitively put your last cigarette down, your mood and outlook in life are bound to go up.
You’ll find yourself in a much happier and healthier place than you’ve hitherto been, and we’ll tell you how hypnotherapy can help you get there.
Health Literacy says the three main reasons why young people start smoking are to look mature, peer pressure, and the thrill of doing something that is forbidden. If a person should, unfortunately, continue to smoke well into adulthood, looking back at such reasons might make the habit seem just the opposite: something that someone who lacks confidence in his own identity is pressured into doing just to fit in.
When looked at in the cold, hard light of reason, these reasons for starting might just not seem as compelling as they might have at the beginning. But people who pick up the smoking habit as adults have reasons that are quite different.
Grownups smoke as a form of stress relief—to help them relax or even to get an energy boost. Others might smoke as a form of weight control, as smoking lessens a person’s senses of taste and smell, as well as his appetite. But there are also those who smoke simply because it makes them feel good.
The fact that smoking seems so cool in the media doesn’t help, either. Smokers are portrayed as attractive or appealing in movies, videos and video games, influencing anyone of any age to take up the habit. The growing popularity of “vaping”, while considered less harmful than regular cigarettes, actually contributes to the eventual formation of the smoking habit.
Happy Days Are Here Again
In spite of a general awareness smokers have of the health benefits of quitting, some smokers feel as though they don’t really have anything to gain from giving up the habit. They might say that they don’t feel anything amiss with themselves, and so they have no real reason to stop.
Yet, those who have managed to break the habit often say that they feel better than they have in years. The truth of the matter is, they have simply gone back to feeling the way they did before they took up the habit. Slowly, but surely, smoking affects not just the physical but psychological aspects of our health, so much so that once the habit is broken, a renewed sense of well-being follows.
For starters, quitters will feel better because they look better. As smoking affects the quality of their skin, and yellows the nails and cuticles, giving up the habit lessens skin damage, and helps nail stains fade away. Your cigarette-stained teeth will also get the chance to regain their whiteness once you’ve quit.
Stopping smoking will also help you to feel more energetic. You will have a healthier heart in as soon as a couple of weeks after quitting, and cut your risk for coronary heart disease by half within a year. And you will breathe easier and more freely because the cilia in your lungs will be better able to perform their air-filtration duties. If you’ve developed a smoker’s cough, you’ll feel much better after your cough goes away in about 1 to 9 months.
But breaking the smoking habit also improves a person’s mood. Researchers at Brown University in the US have conducted studies showing that not only do quitters feel happier, but are able to sustain their happier moods for as long as they stay smoke-free.
How Hynotherapy Can Help
A person who has made a firm decision to stop smoking may find it difficult, even after having recourse to methods such as nicotine patches, gum and counselling. In such cases, studies have shown that hypnotherapy might be able to help certain smokers. In helping smokers to quit, hypnotherapy works in much the same it does when helping people overcome a habit.
As with breaking any other bad habit, that firm decision the smoker makes to make a real, lasting change in his life is essential to the efficacy of hypnotherapy. A person can’t just undergo hypnotherapy a few times and expect to have “automatically” quit cold turkey.
While hypnotherapy can go a long way in helping people wean themselves from cigarettes, these people would do well to continue to keep a close watch on themselves, to ensure that they continue to benefit from living a smoke-free life.
Discover how you can start enjoying your life once again as a non-smoker through hypnotherapy now. Schedule a free initial consultation now, or call us at +65 9785 6255. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mindlife Hypnotherapy also conducts these regular hypnosis training courses:
- National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH) Hypnotists Certification Course
- 7th Path Self-Hypnosis Course