Many smokers reach for a cigarette when they are feeling stressed.  Even though they know that smoking hurts them and the ones they love, some smokers find it hard to give up cigarettes as smoking is their coping mechanism, their way of coping with stress.  However, while the immediate hit of nicotine may initially help you to relax, in the long-term smoking actually increases stress levels.  Stress is part of life, so a key part of becoming a non-smoker for many people is finding alternative ways to handle stress.

Studies have shown that ex-smokers are less stressed than they were when they were smoking.  And with proposals to ban smoking still further, outside pubs, clubs, restaurants and theatres, is it now time to take that big step and become a non-smoker?  Just think of the benefits to you and your family, not only to your health, but also to your pocket.  Do you realise that if you have smoked 20 cigarettes a day for 10 years, you will have spent approximately £20,000 on smoking.  Just think about what you could do with all that extra money!

Whether you consider yourself a social smoker or a heavy smoker, the thought of not smoking can be daunting.  According to Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), around two thirds of current smokers would like to stop smoking, however 60% say they would find it hard to last a whole day without a cigarette.

When it comes to becoming a non-smoker, a key aspect is to let go of the routine you once had and look at cigarettes differently.  Hypnotherapy is fast becoming one of the most popular forms of treatment to help you do this.  Hypnotherapy can also help you to address the stress in your life, so you no longer need to use that cigarette as a coping mechanism.

It is important to remember that hypnotherapy for smoking is not a quick fix. While for some people just one session is enough to quit smoking, others may benefit from a follow-up session. The ultimate aim is to empower you to take control of your addiction and develop new patterns of thinking that promote healthier behaviours.

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