It’s not often people look up to you for being a quitter, but on No Smoking Day on 11th March why not join the growing group of ex-smokers who are saying ‘I’m proud to be a quitter!’

Of course giving up smoking isn’t easy. For one thing, it requires a degree of motivation. For some smokers that might be improving their health, for others it might be giving up their habit in order to save money. If you’re thinking of giving up smoking, it can be useful to think beyond your motivation to a specific goal. So if you’re giving up for health reasons what’s the ultimate goal – to play with your children/grandchildren without getting out of breath perhaps? If your motivation is financial, do you want to save money for a special holiday? Having a clear picture of what you want to achieve is a great way to stay motivated.

Giving up cigarettes also needs willpower – something that we often have in short supply. That’s where hypnotherapy can really help, as with hypnotherapy you’re 5-15 times more likely to succeed than by willpower alone. And that, by the way, is a proven fact.


Smoking and CBT


At Catalyst Coaching & Hypnotherapy, I take things even further in the fight against smoking by including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in smoking cessation sessions. CBT works by challenging your negative thoughts, which can often be at the root of your smoking addiction. For example, when faced with a stressful situation you might think ‘I can’t cope with this’ and immediately turn to a cigarette. Using CBT I unlock the link between negative emotions and your smoking. I then move you towards a more positive mind set – which in turn eliminates your dependence on smoking.

This blend of hypnotherapy and CBT – known as Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy – makes for a powerful mix. So much so that often just one session is needed. Just imagine – one session and you too can hold your head high and say ‘I’m proud to be a quitter!’