“I want to stop smoking” – Bigger than lighting up!

Many times when a client says “I want to stop smoking” she may perceive that this is a mutually exclusive action. It’s not.

There are many reasons why a person is inspired to smoke – boredom, bonding, calming, concentrating, anger, hunger, (a valid) excuse to take a break, something to do with her hands, tired. Smoking becomes a type of “fight or flight” muscle memory. The brain reacts when the perception of survival is threatened — the heart rate increases, the digestive and immune system shuts down — and puts the smoker in a constant state of high (as if killing or running from prey) which (can eventually) stress and burn out the body on multiple levels.

A client who truly wants to stop smoking should be looking (in conjunction) at: Am I getting enough sleep (seven to nine hours are optimal), and what kind of rituals can I build around sleep to decrease my need to smoke? Am I eating healthy (especially breakfast) and regularly? How has the action of smoking become a part of my lifestyle – when I drink alcohol is smoking a part of that mix, and am I smoking to mirror and fit in with others?

Can hypnotherapy help? Sure! When collaborating on the whys then “I no longer smoke” can truly become reality.

See more on clinical Hypnosis, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, EFT, and other mind over matter concepts (including my 7 books) at www.MichellePayton.com.

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