Janice Bowles Hypnotherapy

Why Can’t I Quit Smoking ?


Finding it hard to stop smoking? Here's an easier way to quit...

Many people know that smoking is really bad for them and desperately want to quit, yet despite this they find beating the habit really tough.

You don't need to be told over and over again all the reasons as to why you should quit. In fact, those old health scare tactics don't work. They serve to increase stress making people want to smoke more!   

Despite knowing all the reasons why you should quit do you still ask, "Why can't I stop smoking?"

If so, read on and I'll suggest a stress-free solution that millions of ex-smokers have used successfully.

Smoking is a habit:

As with most habits they stick fast! A habit is a natural mechanism of the mind that allows you to repeat an action without having to re-learn it over and over again. Think of all the things you do in your life where that is so useful. Driving your car, getting dressed, eating and so on.

Smoking cigarettes go hand in hand with other activities such as drinking coffee, after a meal or while chatting on the telephone. You do these these things so automatically that one wouldn't feel right without the other! On these occasions you probably automatically reach for that cigarette, even when you don't really want one!

Smoking and Stress:

Stressful situations are most likely going to test your resolve to quit more than anything else. However, when you can control your response to stress you can control your urge to smoke.

You'll probably smoke more when feeling stressed and smoking a cigarette may make you feel better temporarily but not for long. Smoking stimulates your body, making your heart beat faster, which is hardly relaxing. Rather, it's the deep intake of air when dragging on the cigarette that provides the soothing effect.  So smoking can distract you from stress for a short time.

When you decide to stop smoking, why not treat yourself to a little de-stressing and enjoy a body massage, a reflexology treatment or join a yoga class? Hypnosis is a great way to manage stress. 

How does hypnosis help you quit smoking?

Many people have heard that hypnosis can help you to quit smoking and rightly seek this as a viable option.

In a recent major research study various methods for becoming a non-smoker were compared and the results were impressive. It showed that those who used hypnosis found it to be three times as effective as nicotine replacement therapy.

As with any habit, smoking is something that you have learnt to do through repetition and can be performed automatically. I'm sure there are times when you have lit a cigarette without consciously thinking about it!

It's the role of the unconscious mind to perform such automated tasks and hypnosis is so useful for changing unwanted habits where those automatic responses are first created.

So if willpower is proving too difficult and leaving you feeling grumpy and stressed, maybe hypnosis is your answer?

How smoking affects your mood:

Irritability, impatience, hostility, anxiety, depressed mood, difficulty concentrating, restlessness, are some of the effects of smoking! These are some of the feelings you'll potentially experience when you try to quit. 

Without doubt, trying to quit smoking does affect the mood of most people.

As soon as the effect of the consumed cigarette wears off, you start to get withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms go away when you smoke again, and so the cycle ensues! You are in fact suppressing uncomfortable feelings which are being caused by smoking.

American researchers have found that quitting smoking makes people feel happier, and the effect lasts for as long as they manage to kick the habit. Now that's a positive reason for quitting 

“Before I quit smoking I was always thinking of my next cigarette, my life revolved around them. Now it’s really different… and I don’t want to smoke anymore. If I can do it anybody can.” ~ Cathy P, Bucks, UK.

Stop smoking when you are ready

Being ready to become a non-smoker is a powerful motivation. For most people however, it isn't as easy as simply going cold turkey and they struggle with cravings, mood swings and substitute behaviour.

This is why hypnosis is so great because it allows for a natural process to occur. One lady I know who was quite skeptical that she could stop, started working with the 10 steps hypnosis pack. Then, several days later she said she awoke one morning knowing that that was it, she was ready to stop as her desire to smoke anymore cigarettes was gone!

I love hearing success stories like that... please let me know of yours!

If you have any questions about becoming a non-smoker or if you have a success story to share ​get in touch and ​here 🙂

About the Author Janice Bowles

Janice Bowles, is a Hypnotherapist, EFT practitioner and Life Coach and has specialised in Stress Management since 1996.