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North London Stress Management Centre.
Tel: 020 8444 4871
This is a three-session programme.
To fully appreciate why the only solution you have in front of you is to quit cigarettes entirely, let us consider for just a moment what is actually contained in your average cigarette, and how its ingredients are deliberately manufactured to keep you addicted.
Now most people who smoke say that, despite all the health risks involved, cigarettes help them to relax, enabling them to reduce levels of stress and anxiety. What shocked me as a smoker was discovering that, In fact, cigarettes cause stress and anxiety - they do not ease these feelings.
You are of course aware that the principal component of a cigarette is Nicotine. We sometimes forget that Nicotine, as well as being highly addictive, is actually an extremely dangerous poison. Nicotine is used in lethal injections and has a drastic impact on the bloodstream.
Even the very small amount of Nicotine used in a typical cigarette can, over a number of years, have a terribly adverse effect on the nervous system and the general physiology of the smoker leading to ongoing, acute feelings of stress, anxiety and fear.
The smoker tends to believe that these feelings, however mild, are eased by the cigarette, and not caused by it. This is easy to understand when you look at the 600 other chemicals contained in a cigarette, some of which have been carefully designed to counteract, for a short period of time, the psychological, physical and addictive effects of the Nicotine, creating the illusion that, by smoking more, you are actually easing any stress or anxiety that you’re feeling.
This counter-balance works on the chemical receptors in the brain. The illusory effects these additional components cause are deliberately designed to wear off at any time from 20 minutes to two hours (dependant on the smoker) hence creating the "craving" for the next cigarette. It is a vicious circle that traps the smoker into an ongoing cycle of dependency.
Some people are able to quit smoking by using just willpower, though this can be an extremely difficult and unpleasant experience, mainly because of the battle between the conscious mind wanting to stop and the subconscious mind, that is quite happy for smokers to carry on believing that they are addicted, with no light at the end of the tunnel, and that they are making tremendous sacrifices when in actual fact, they will be missing NOTHING.. This is where Hypnotherapy plays a key role and why it is has been proven to be the most effective method of curing the addiction.
The two most common questions that smokers ask themselves when they are contemplating quitting are:
What will my life be like without cigarettes?
How will I be able to relax?
The three-session Hypnotherapy programme we run at NLSMC is specifically designed to address these concerns, outlining to participants how to appreciate the wonderful new changes that will materialise as a result of not smoking, and providing tools to ensure that you will be able to relax much easier and more fully than you ever did as a smoker. We combine the 1:1 sessions with specific recordings that are tailored to each individual in a unique method that has enabled countless numbers of people to completely give up cigarettes and REMAIN non-smokers.
As a former smoker, I would like to congratulate you on making the commitment to quit smoking. I can guarantee that in doing so, you will be starting a wonderful new adventure. Your life is about to CHANGE for the better and a truly remarkable experience is just around the corner.
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