What lie you ask? The lie that smoking relaxes you.
Ask any smoker and they will tell you that a cigarette relaxes them. But did you know that nicotine is actually the second strongest stimulant after adrenaline and can make a person feel more awake, alert, confident or energetic. And too much nicotine can cause:
Agitation, restlessness, excitement, or confusion.
Extreme anxiety or panic attacks
Breathing difficulties, rapid, or even stopped.
Rapid heart rate.
Burning sensation in mouth, drooling.
Fainting or even coma (lack of responsiveness).
You may think you feel relaxed after a cigarette, but the reality is your subconscious mind has created an anchored response. This means you’ve attached a subconscious justifiable reason to smoking. Maybe as a young teen, you watched others smoking and thought this made them look ‘cool’ and you wanted to fit in. This has led you to believe that smoking makes a person more confident and relaxed so your subconscious mind rationalized that if you smoked you would be too.
During hypnosis a positive alternate anchor is set up to replace the old limiting anchored response. Hypnotist Mike Mandel suggests that every time you have a craving you “simply take a deep and relaxing breath”, other’s suggest simply having a sip of water. The new and healthy habit is of course reinforced by several sessions of hypnosis and once practiced for 21 days becomes the new default to smoking.
YES, I smoked and YES I quit and started, more times than I can remember. And YES I too believed the lie that smoking relaxed me. But what really relaxed me was the fact that I would walk away from the stressful situation I was in to go have a cigarette. When I think about when I would go for a smoke, I can recall the moment I actually relaxed, it was the moment the door closed behind me, it was a feeling of escape and relief. That door closing, shut out the stressful environment I was in, not the cigarette.
Crazy thing is I didn’t even smoke a pack a week. Money was therefore never a motivator to quit, I could easily justify smoking by convincing myself and others it really wasn’t that expensive a habit. What finally did it? The biggest health scare of my life. In one year, I had four breast scans. Thankfully in the end it wasn’t cancer but I’ve never smoked since and I can’t imagine ever doing it again.
Want to try hypnosis to quit smoking?
Science shows that hypnosis can be an effective tool to help you become smoke free for life. And RTT (Rapid Transformational Therapy) combined with traditional hypnosis can help you become smoke free by addressing the psychological aspects of your habit and what motivates you to smoke. According to the creator of RTT Marisa Peer “You can’t heal what you don’t feel and understand”. Ask me how I can help you to create a healthy smoke free future.