Stoptober – You Can Do It With Hypnosis

Stoptober HypnosisThe public view on smoking has changed dramatically over the last 100 years. Once promoted by sportsmen and seen regularly in films and on television it was considered cool and sexy.

Today, smoking is seen as a nasty, smelly, addictive habit that not only damages the health of the person that smokes but the health of those around them as well. It has become number 1 on the anti social things to do list.

Maybe you’ve heard this all before, perhaps you’ve even tried stopping before?  Get involved in the NHS Stoptober campaign.

If you have made the decision to quit here are a few additional tips to help you stay on track.

Know why you are quitting.

  • Be clear about your motivation to stop it will help to keep you focused.
  • Write a list of all the reasons you want to quit and look at it every day
  • Focus on the benefits of quitting

Be aware.

  • We often perform habits unconsciously. It becomes so much part of what we do we no longer have to think about how to do it.
  • Becoming aware of our habits helps us be more in control of them.
  • If you have set a quit date change as much about your smoking habit as you can in the week leading up to it. Making it unfamiliar or uncomfortable can help break the pattern for good.

For example:

1.   If you have a preferred hand that you smoke with then change hands.
2.   If you usually have a cigarette with your cup of coffee try having it with a glass of water instead.
3.   Make your cigarettes hard to get to. Put them in the room farthest from you so that you have to make the effort to go and get them.
4.   If you usually have a cigarette as soon as you wake up make yourself wait 15 minutes.
5.   Anytime you smoke being engaged in the activity – don’t allow your mind to wander focus on smoking.


  • Make a commitment to stop.  People often say ‘I’ll try to give up’, – commit wholeheartedly to it ‘I will stop.’

Whether you are motivated by better health, more money or just proving to yourself that you can do it. Did you know that you are 5 times more likely to stop smoking with the help of hypnotherapy. Why not launch your very own success story in Stoptober.

Hypnosis and Stoptober

Stoptober is all about giving up smoking for 28 days but it got me thinking about what else could be given up for a month.  Whether you smoke, overeat, over- think,  procrastinate, argue, nail bite or have some other habit that is holding you back why not consider giving it up this month?

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Have you heard? It’s Stoptober.

Stopping a habit takes focus and perseverance.  So ask yourself on a scale of 1 -10 how determined you are to give up. If you are anything less than 10 out of 10 ask yourself why? A habit is an automatic, repetitive pattern that has often been around for some time. Your desire to be free of it has to be stronger than the habit itself.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.”  —  Aristotle 

We become so good at the habits we have that we do them unconsciously so one of the most important things we can learn in order to break them is to become aware of how we do our habit. For example, if you currently smoke and your habit is to smoke with your right hand, change to the left. If you have a habit of eating something sweet after your meal, try eating it before your meal.

This enables us to put the habit into our conscious awareness and gives us back the element of choice.  Whatever habit you are trying to break you will experience urges and cravings that can have a physical component, be aware and accept that this may happen.

Be patient and gentle with yourself. Your habit has probably been around for a while so it will take time to break free from it. Just keep going and remain focussed and don’t be too hard on yourself if you do have a slip up. The more often you try to give up a habit the more likely you are to succeed.

Treat it like an experiment and be curious and willing to experience your feelings and thoughts. Encourage yourself  any time you feel pressured by the habit and understand that it’s a process, just as starting the habit was.

Most of all persevere, you can do it and Stoptober is a great month to start. Good luck and we would love to hear what you’ve decided to break free from.

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Becoming a non-smoker, the easy way.

Do you smoke? Have you ever thought about becoming a non-smoker?

When people talk about changing a habit they often talk about giving something up. As in ‘I’m trying to give up smoking’. However the language we use when trying to achieve a goal is crucial as it has an effect on our unconscious attitude to what we are doing.

Giving something up suggests a sacrifice of some sort. It hints at missing out on something and can also be linked with failure – ‘it’s too hard, I’m giving up’. Why not give yourself the best possible chance of success and focus on what you will gain instead. Whether you want to become a non-smoker for financial or health benefits or for something else entirely keep your attention on what you will get out of it.

Did you know that you could save upto £2,000.00 per year if you currently smoke 20 a day? What could you do with that money? Think about it in terms of something you want, for example a holiday, or an iPad, having a goal can keep you focussed on the end game.

If you want to become a non-smoker for health reasons then you will reap the benefits much faster than you may have previously realised.


After just 20 minutes your blood pressure and pulse will return to normal. After 24 hours carbon monoxide will be eliminated from your body and your lungs will begin to clear out the tar that’s been clogging them. The nicotine would have left your body after just 48 hours and both your sense of smell and taste will already have improved.

This coupled with the longer term health benefits such as cutting your risk of heart failure or lung cancer in half all within 5-10 years are such significant gains that focussing on just one of them can improve the chances of your success. Cognitive hypnotherapy can help keep you motivated towards your goal and provide additional support to help you achieve your non-smoker status so don’t put it off any longer why not give us a call?

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We all know that smoking is bad for our health. Containing over 4000 chemicals including arsenic and cyanide it is almost impossible to imagine anyone voluntarily inhaling such a toxic cocktail.

The reason that people smoke is varied but in most cases it involves an unconscious and flawed decision that smoking is serving a positive purpose. These can include reasons such as ‘I smoke to be social’, ‘I smoke to fit in’, ‘I smoke because it calms me down.’

In essence smokers form a relationship with the cigarette that is beyond the ‘addiction’ of nicotine. Although the relationship is often of no further use or has been outgrown it is the outdated unconscious belief that needs to be addressed and changed.

Sunray Cognitive Hypnotherapy may be able to help. Please feel free to contact us to discuss your requirements.