Hypnotherapy – my own personal experience
I am an advocate of hypnotherapy because I was hypnotized to stop smoking over 10 years ago. I was convinced I hadn’t been hypnotized at all because I was sat in a chair with my eyes closed speaking to the therapist just as I would normally when I was awake! I likened the feeling to one of lying on a sunbed, on a beach holiday, feeling really relaxed and chilled. When I left the session and was told “Have a nice smoke free life” I thought, “Really?! I haven’t even got to the car yet” that would be a place I’d usually light up! Well it worked for me because I never smoked again, nor did I want to. It was like my memory triggered when I’d usually stop for a cigarette, but the desire just wasn’t there, I felt completely indifferent towards them. I remember looking at the clock in work and it said 10.30am and I thought “Huh, I’d usually be desperate for a ciggy right now” and then turned my attention back to what I was doing. It took several months for the memory triggers to stop but every time it did trigger, I felt so proud of myself that I was in control.
Even seeing people go outside at work for a cigarette, or my friends lighting up I just wasn’t interested, no will power required, it was like I had never smoked. I never ever got that feeling of missing out on a cigarette as others wafted by me returning from their fag breaks which I did when I was trying to use sheer willpower and every self-help book under the sun on ‘how to give up smoking’! Once I’d stopped properly having had hypnotherapy I thought “what did I ever see in that smelly, expensive habit and my chest had been so wheezy”! I couldn’t believe I’d been so protective of my right to smoke for so long, ridiculous behaviour, poisoning my body.
I’m very happy to say I am a lot healthier now and I did the Race for Life 6 months after stopping which was great. Even having lost several family members to cancer it still wasn’t enough to make me give up in the early days, not until I was ready to do so, for myself, that’s when you know it’s time to make that change, when you are ready to do it for yourself and no one else. My bank balance also improved overnight, a packet wasn’t nearly £10 when I gave up but it was still a small fortune I was spending on the habit and now I don’t smell like an ashtray any more.
There a lots of benefits for giving up, now ask yourself, what are the positives for you in continuing to smoke?
If you are worried about putting on weight or being irritable, don’t be, a good hypnotherapist will also deal with this so you don’t substitute the smoking habit for some other vice or get cranky with people!