Hypnotherapy Can Help You to Stop Smoking in Brighton & Hove*

Quit Smoking with The Conway PracticeAre you a smoker who despite resolve and resolutions have seen Stoptober and national No Smoking days pass you by without being able to stop? As with any addiction, Nicotine can have a powerful hold and even with pressure from family and friends or being made to feel that you’ve become a social outcast, however determined you may be to give up it’s not going to be an easy habit to break.

That’s when The Conway Practice can step in with help to quit smoking in Brighton & Hove with hypnotherapy sessions*.

You are probably well aware that apart from being hard on your pocket, smoking is bad for your health and nicotine is a highly toxic substance. The physical addiction however isn’t the only issue as there is also the problem of a psychological dependence.

You are likely to have certain times in the day when you ‘reward’ yourself with a cigarette, such as during a work break, when you’re out for a drink with friends, or to calm you down when you’re under stress and want to relax. You will therefore experience cravings on two levels when you attempt to stop, both physical and emotional. You may be surprised to hear that the psychological craving is often far more difficult to overcome than nicotine withdrawal.

Hypnosis in Brighton & Hove is a safe and holistic therapy, has been shown to have great success in helping smokers to quit*. Smoking is to a large extent about habituation, but unlike some enjoyable habits it is actually a form of self-harm.

Hypnotherapy services available in Brighton & Hove will help you to identify and deal with the repetitive triggers that you associate with smoking*. You will understand how you can use positive thought to eliminate the destructive side of your subconscious that has been allowing the addiction to continue*.

During this hyper-responsive state of mind, Jonathan Conway, BSc Dp EHP.NLP MNCH (acc), will guide you through a visualisation of personal motivation and change, learning how to respect your body*.

If you would like to know more about how the Conway Practice in Brighton & Hove can help to stop smoking and use hypnotherapy for a healthier lifestyle, contact Jonathan Conway today on 01273 540425.

How The Conway Clinic Can Help To Stop Smoking in Brighton*

quit-smokingAs we approach the start of Stoptober, you may have decided that you need help to stop smoking in Brighton. Perhaps you’ve made several attempts to stop in the past without success, or this could be your first attempt at having a healthier nicotine-free life.

Hypnotherapy sessions with Jonathan at the Conway Practice will help you to re-focus your conscious and subconscious mind, enabling you to change your attitude to smoking*.

As nicotine is a powerful drug it is easy to become addicted but extremely difficult to quit. You feel good when the drug is in your system but feel wretched when it’s missing. Many people smoke because they are stressed and as giving up smoking is in itself stressful, they feel trapped in a vicious circle.

Often even those who have managed to stop smoking in Brighton start again during a period of anxiety. There are however, many reasons why people smoke. They may have started during their teenage years due to peer pressure, not wanting to appear the odd one out. Smoking has been something to share socially, although less so now that it’s no longer permitted to light a cigarette in pubs, restaurants and other public places.

Smokers are driven to outside areas in all weathers, which can add to the feeling of guilt about something that is now generally considered an antisocial habit.

It’s crucial not to consider a cigarette as a treat or a reward. The conscious mind knows that smoking is harmful and a damage to your health, but your self-belief is limited on a sub-conscious level, inhibiting your confidence in your ability to stop. Most smokers would agree if asked that they either want to give up for health reasons or because they are literally burning money.

Smoking is a habit and as with all habits there will be an underlying cause. Hypnotherapy has an extremely high level of success in dealing with the addiction as long as you are ready and willing to stop*.

Hypnosis in Brighton can’t force you to do anything that you don’t want to do. During hypnotherapy sessions, Jonathan will take the time to fully understand your lifestyle and identify the root cause of your habit. He will discuss how you can give up your dependence once and for all*.

Hypnosis is relaxing, safe and drug-free and will help you to change the way you view your addiction and increase your motivation, enabling you to stop smoking*.

If you would like to know more about how you can have help to stop smoking in Brighton and remain a non-smoker, please contact Jonathan at the Conway Practice or leave a comment below.

 

Stop Smoking in Highgate, North London with Hypnotherapy Services*

Quit Smoking with The Conway PracticeAre you looking for help to stop smoking in Highgate, North London? You may have already made several unsuccessful attempts to quit, or perhaps you are only now ready to take the first step towards a nicotine-free healthier life.

Jonathan Conway at the Conway Practice provides hypnotherapy sessions, helping you to retrain your mind on both a conscious and subconscious level, changing your attitude to smoking*.

Not only an addiction to nicotine, smoking is also a habit and as with all habits there is always an underlying cause. You may well find that it becomes automatic to light up a cigarette at certain times; during a work-break, after a meal or morning coffee, or in a social gathering. Stress however, plays a major part in the reason for smoking and also the prevention of giving up the habit.

Even the process of stopping is stressful in itself. The conscious mind knows that smoking is harmful to health but a self-limiting belief prevents you from having the confidence to stop. 

Nicotine is a powerful drug. You feel good when the substance is active, and bad when it’s not. Surveys have shown that the majority of smokers want to give up, whether that may be for health reasons or simply because they are aware of ‘burning money’ every time they light up.

During sessions at the Conway Practice, Jonathan will take time to understand your lifestyle, discuss why you believe you smoke and why you are now ready to stop*. Everyone is viewed as an individual with their own account of why they first started to smoke and how they may have tried and failed in the past to stop*. Hypnosis identifies the underlying cause of the dependence and can then change your way of thinking, enabling you to reach your goal*.

In 1992 The New Scientist reported that hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking*. 

Hypnotherapy services in Highgate, North London can help you to increase your motivation and change your way of thinking to break your habit*.

If you would like to stop smoking please contact Jonathan at the Conway Practice, or leave a comment below.

A Helping Hand

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Jonathan Conway, Hypnotherapist & NLP practitioner, answers your questions on changing the way you view the world.

Q. I want to run Brighton Marathon one day. Can Hypnotherapy help me perform better in sports?

A: Yes, absolutely*. Using hypnosis to visualise being successful in sports is very powerful.* It can also be helpful to use the anchoring techniques of NLP to help you get into a resourceful winning state and also to model success on other successful performers in professional sports*.

Q. I wish I had more confidence. Can hypnotherapy make me more outgoing?

A. Yes. Hypnosis can be a careful tool in helping a person focus on the things that help them to feel better about themselves and help you to find the resources that every person has to do this*. As you begin to notice your success there is likely to be a cumulative effect. In my experience confidence from the inside out is likely to be more effective and longer lasting than doing things with a short term boost in confidence. Also the more accepting a person can be of themselves the better they are likely to feel in their lives*.

Q. I would love to fly abroad but have such a fear of flying after a bad experience when I was younger. Can hypnotherapy help me to overcome this phobia?

A. Flying phobias are usually connected with a past flying experience that didn’t go well such as extreme turbulence or engine failure whilst on board a flight. It is a feeling of being out of control sometimes accompanied by panic and anxiety. Hypnosis accompanied by an NLP Fast Phobia cure can help with overcoming a flying phobia and to help the person have a positive flying experience*. To do this, the flying experience needs to be reframed to something more positive, in particular, the language that is used in thinking about the flying experience*.

Q. Can hypnotherapy cure physical pain?

A. Pain management is a complex topic and before a non-medically trained hypnotherapist uses hypnosis for pain control it is important that the person has had a medical investigation beforehand. Once this has been done – and with a medical practitioner’s approval – hypnosis can be a powerful too in assisting with pain control*. Hypnosis can help to change the perception of the pain into something more manageable and something which the unconscious mind is able to control*.

Q. My new job means that I need to give public presentations. How many hypnotherapy sessions would I need to improve my public speaking performance?

A. Speaking in public is one of life’s greatest challenges and fears. Hypnosis and NLP can really assist a person to speak fluently and confidently, and to create a greater level of rapport with the audience*. Even two or three sessions can make a significant and valuable change to someone’s ability to be a competent public speaker*. The first task is to help the person build up some positive resources. NLP Anchoring techniques can be useful here followed by visualization and also learning a practicing self hypnosis techniques*. Like all new skills it is necessary to practice and the more times you are able to do so, the easier it will be to perform well in presentations*.

Q. I’m seeing a hypnotherapist to help me to kick my smoking habit. Am I going to be able to handle passive smoking after my hypnotherapy?

A. The biggest part of smoking addiction is not the physical craving but the psychological need to have a cigarette. Once the urge to smoke is replaced by other healthier and creative behaviours the person will have a sense of freedom and be in control of the unconscious urge to smoke. It is also probable that the hypnotherapist may have given some hypnotic suggestions that the person will no longer be attracted to the smell of nicotine and therefore passive smoking should not bother the person*.

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It’s time to say goodbye to 2012 and hello to the new year. For some of us, 2013 will involve finally giving up smoking. Yes, cigarettes will most likely be the first thing to quit on many people’s list of New Year’s resolutions.

But like many resolutions, the chances of sticking to it as January progresses can wear thin. The stresses of everyday life begin to take their toll and unfortunately we can return to old habits and within no time the cigarettes are back.

The thing with giving up smoking is that it’s all in the mind. It requires an immense amount of will power, which for some people can become too much. Research shows that 70 per cent of smokers want to give up, but only 5 per cent actually manage to quit successfully.

But it doesn’t have to be as hard. All people really need is support. During October 2012, the NHS launched its mass-quit campaign, Stoptober, which stated that giving up for 28 days made you five times more likely to quit for good. The campaign turned out to be a huge success and the support of others proved to be a vital part of why people didn’t give in.

Choosing to quit in 2013 does not have to be any different to Stobtober. By setting the goal and having support along the way means you are more likely to succeed. And this is true of any resolution.

Some people who have been successful quitting smoking have said they replaced the cigarette with something else such as a glass of water. This has proved to work as it take the person’s mind off of having a cigarette and also creates a different association with the feeling of wanting a cigarette. Hypnotherapy and NLP techniques can also be a great way to overcome obstacles and quit the habit*.

The most successful quitters have been those on some form of smoking medication, whether it be patches, chewing gum or a prescribed drug. Those people who went ‘cold turkey’ proved to have a lower success rate and increased levels of stress, and returned to smoking far quicker.

Smoking is of course a huge health risk, and it is currently the highest single cause of illness and premature death in the UK. So why is it that people smoke in the first place? There will never be a definitive answer to that question, but stats show that the percentage of the population that smoke has dropped by over 13 per cent in the last 15 years. The warnings are proving to be slowly working.

January will undoubtedly consist of New Year’s resolutions that many will not stick to. But instead of deciding to do something unrealistic, try making small tweaks to something in your everyday life, as this is much more likely to result in success. Good luck!

  • Introduce a new hobby or interest
  • Picture yourself where you want to be in three, six or 12 months’ time
  • Be kind to your self if things don’t work out the way that you would like right away
  • Be open to doing things in a new way and be kind to yourself if things don’t work out in the way that you intend
  • Use each day as rehearsal for the next

Finally be kind to yourself if things don’t work out well.

Part of an article that appeared in the Times Chronicle

Kurt, a team management trainer from Maida Vale, had been smoking 20 a day for ten years. Despite quitting successfully several times, he always relapsed. Feeling he needed objective help, he turned to a hypnotist.

He said: “Initially, people are sceptical because they’ve seen hypnotists in entertainment. You don’t want to be taking all your clothes off and go running down the street whenever you hear a keyword.”

Far from the frivolous view we get of hypnotists on TV, Kurt encountered a highly professional approach with rigorous consultation procedure. There was 45 minutes spent discussing health, education, relationships and the reasons for wanting to quit, before the hypnotism got underway. The client lays back on a comfy chair, listening to relaxing music and visualises an idyllic scene with blue skies and golden beaches. Kurt said: “You picture yourself rowing a boat across a river, then at the other side you breathe in white light and breathe out all the negative dirty, smoky air. You reach a really relaxed state and your mind feels open. When a message is put in there it really sticks.”

Kurt’s first thought was well, that’s not going to work, but 18 months later his body is still a smokeless zone. He said: “On a chemical level nicotine is addictive, so it’s a battle between the brain and the body. There are always doubts that you will succeed, which the hypnotism removes. It’s mind over matter.”

Kurt attended the practice of Jonathan Conway.


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