How Fear Keeps You Smoking and how to change it

It’s a harsh reality that if you’re a smoker you’re more likely to get acute respiratory infections and have a higher risk of those infections becoming severe. I’ve experienced this first hand after losing my dad a couple of years ago, he smoked roll ups and ended up with COPD on oxygen. When I had asked him when he started smoking he said from the age of six, his dad would give him dimps to go and play with. I was shocked !! This was back in the days when we didn’t know the impact that smoking had on health. 

I have been a smoker in the past and I am so thankful it’s an old outdated habit for me now. Being around cigarettes all of my life, everyone used to smoke in the pub and clubs, even while having a meal, now it is more unsociable to smoke, however I know it can be challenging.

 I love helping people stop smoking, I can’t bring my dad back,but my intention is to be able to help people stop smoking and hypnosis makes it a lot easier. You don’t need replacements like spray and gums etc you can do it if you want to with hypnosis which is the most effective way to stop. 

There has never been a better time to stop smoking. But quitting is hard for many, and perhaps particularly so at a time of great stress.

 Perhaps, like the majority of smokers, the mere thought of stopping fills you with panic. If you smoke, the mere thought of giving up can fill you with PANIC…? 

Is this YOU? 

You have every intention of quitting one day – just not today…

 Is this YOU? 

You are not alone

Most smokers continue to smoke for one reason… 


 Fear – that you will have to undergo an unknown period of time suffering feelings of deprivation

 Fear – that social occasions will not be quite as enjoyable without a cigarette

 Fear – that you can’t concentrate or be as confident without that crutch

 Fear that your identity, your personality or your character will change

 Fear – that you will lose the “helpful friend” that helps you cope with stress And that quitting may cause you to gain a few pounds.

 And here’s the news… That fear of giving up is actually CREATED by cigarettes

 You never decided to fall into the nicotine trap! But nicotine is designed to ensure that you remain there. And you need to be motivated to break free. You can take some small steps towards a nicotine-free life. A rehearsal for the time when you can give up smoking for good!

1. Make a list of the reasons to quit 

There are probably a number of them – but have you ever actually written them as a list?

2. Set a quit date And stick to it!

3. Change your brand ONE week before your quit date – change your brand of cigarette. You will find they are not as enjoyable 

4. Try to change the hand you use to hold your cigarette. It will feel awkward – but this small change breaks down habits and associations 

5. Change your routine If you normally smoke after a meal, try to break out of this routine. Try reading a chapter of a book, watch a TV show, or retreat to a part of the house where you wouldn’t normally smoke 

6. Get active A five-minute walk or stretch produces chemicals in the brain that reduce cravings

 7. Positivity! Make regular affirmations to yourself several times a day “I am enjoying life as a non-smoker” 

Hypnotherapy can help you to have your last cigarette ever! It will show you the reasons to stop

 And can help you

  •  With motivation to stop smoking – and stay stopped
  • Break the connections – the triggers – to smoking 
  • feel positive about becoming a non-smoker

 So if you haven’t been able to quit smoking before, that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to do it now! And if you COULD stop smoking easily and without cravings Why wouldn’t you break out of that habit into a fresher, cleaner, healthier YOU

 To give back to my local community, I’m offering two deserving people the chance to become smoke free and have their last cigarette ever

 I wanted to offer something that could help someone’s long term health.

 However, rather than just picking someone at random I figured it would be nice to give something to someone who is deserving. I will be taking entries and then will sit with friends and colleagues to decide who to give the free sessions to – there must be lots of people out there who are too consumed helping other people that they often neglect themselves.

To be in with a chance of being given a free session, email with no more than 100 words as to why you deserve the help. The closing date for entries is Valentines Day 14th February 2023

Good Luck!!

Here’s to a healthier you   

With thanks,

Shirley McLean




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