Smoking can be both physically and emotionally addicting, if you are not a smoker, addiction is something difficult to understand. A smokers dream is being able to go places such as the movies and being able to make it though a two hour movie without leaving for a cigarette or having a craving. These cravings can take over your life and become so powerful that they feel unconquerable. These cravings out weight the health risks associated with smoking.
Most people know the risks and dangers of smoking. The cancer risk is labeled on every box, as is the child birth defect warning and there are commercials on TV everyday that try to discourage smoking. Non smokers don't understand why someone would start smoking in the first place let alone why a smoker can not just quit. Unfortunately it is not that easy.
It is very common for a smoker to try and fail multiple times before succeeding. I am guessing this is not your first time trying to quit. Unfortunately, this process can create a learned behavior. Many feel if they failed once, they will surely fail again so there is no point in trying to quit. This idea is very negative and can cause self esteem issues making it that much harder to quit.
Emotional connections to smoking can also make it even harder to quit smoking. Some people have a fond memory associated with smoking. Some reward themselves with a cigarette for completing a task or project. These are both examples of emotional connections to the addiction. Some people feel, if they quit smoking they have to quit having that happy memory or good feeling, this is not the case but it is a very realistic thought to the smoker.
Sometimes there are other connections that stand in the way of you and your goal. The connection can simply be a ritual. Every time you eat, go outside, get in the car, or talk on the phone you may have a cigarette. These rituals are learned behaviors and are obstacles that make it difficult for the person to quit.
Many people fall into the thought that if they quit, they will gain weight. Weight gain can be caused from the same ritual or learned behavior that causes someone to smoke in the first place. People who are quitting might be more nervous from nicotine withdrawals, and therefore eat more or snack. Others might reward themselves with food instead of a cigarette. By learning what the trigger is can help you both quit smoking and not gain weight.
Smokers often try common remedies such as the nicotine patch, the gum, medications, cold turkey, and hypnosis. Hypnosis addresses the problem in a unique way. Instead of using smoking succession aides, hypnosis deals with the root problem. It allows you to both develop and nurture your ability to quit smoking. Hypnosis can help you with self confidence and weight management also while you are trying to quit. It will also give you positive suggestions to continue to assist you on your path to smoking succession.
Everyone deals with addiction in different ways. It might feel overwhelming to accomplish a task such as quitting smoking. By acknowledging you want to quit, you have taken the first step. You need to decide the best way to deal with your addiction. It is like a band aid, the sooner you rip it off the sooner it will be over.
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