Everyone knows cigarettes are bad for them. Everyone knows they spend a ridiculous amount of money on smoking.
So, why do people continue to smoke cigarettes? And even more importantly, why is it so hard for so many people to quit smoking?
70% of Australian smokers want to quit. 42% have tried at least once in the last 12 months and failed.
Why is it so hard for them?
Because we are all different.
- Some people worry about putting on weight
- Some people are frightened of the ‘withdrawal symptoms’
- Some people feel they just don’t have enough will power
- Some people think smoking relieves stress
- Some people believe it is a powerful chemical addiction
Would you like to know the real secret? The biggest reason of all? – Smoking is not actually under your conscious control.
Think about how many cigarettes a day you actually enjoy – If you are like most, maybe 2-3. The rest, you just kind of just smoke unconsciously. The action of smoking the cigarettes is managed by your subconscious mind.
A good example is driving. When you first learned, it was very stressful and you had to consciously be very aware. But what happens now when you’re driving? Off you go on your regular drive to work, it could be 30 or 40 minutes, and sometimes, you do not even remember how you did it. You could be, eating, chatting on your phone (only on hands-free of course!), singing, daydreaming or playing music.
You still speed up, slow down and stop at the right time, merge lanes and do everything perfectly. Your subconscious does it all for you!
Guess what! When you first started learning to smoke, you did it very consciously as well. But now, just like driving, it is something your unconscious mind does automatically.
This is why it is so hard to quit using will power! This habit is not under your conscious control. (Please do not feel bad about failing to quit using will power as only 3% of smokers manage to quit this way – it is incredibly difficult)
So unless you deal with your unique reasons, and you do it at a subconscious level, you will not have any luck in quitting cigarettes over the long term.
And this is exactly what we do at Breathe Hypnotherapy. We make it easy for you!
Ring NOW (on Ph: ‘1300 4U2 Quit’ or Mob: ‘0411 082 878’) to book your appointment and become cigarette-free for life.