Even so, lots of people keep smoking. So why should you quit? The logic is simple: You’ll improve the quality and length of your life and the lives of the people around you. Even so, quitting is very difficult. One way to prepare to successfully launch your smoke-free life is to understand why you smoke and what happens when you stop.
Why is it so hard to quit?
It’s hard to tackle the physical addiction to nicotine. Cigarettes contain nicotine, a highly addictive substance found naturally in tobacco. It travels quickly to the brain when it is inhaled and can cause a feeling of temporary relaxation and/or stress relief. Nicotine can also elevate your mood and your heart rate. But this feeling is only temporary. After your body rids itself of the drug, you start to crave another cigarette. Shortly after you finish smoking a cigarette, your body starts to show signs of withdrawal. You start to crave another cigarette to overcome these symptoms, starting a vicious cycle of dependency.
It may seem challenging to find new ways to handle your stress. Do you grab a cigarette when you feel stressed or anxious? Stress, whether it’s from your job, relationships, caregiving burdens or just plain fast-paced living, can cause you to look for fast and easy relief, although you know in the long run, smoking will only add to your stress by taking away your good health. To successfully quit smoking, you may need to think through your stress-management options before you quit. Hypnotherapy is a powerful tool to help you find new ways of dealing positively with life’s stressors, becoming a non-smoker by:
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