Smoking Doesn’t Relieve Stress
It is common for smokers to believe that smoking relieves stress. And that very belief prevents them from noticing something important.
Smoking causes craving sensations which are uncomfortable. Smokers smoke to relieve the stress and discomfort caused by the craving. When the cravings are eliminated they feel a sense of relief. And, because of the way the mind works, smokers typically overgeneralize and believe that smoking will work to relieve stress in general.
If you’ve ever watched a smoker who’s angry or upset you’ll notice that even while they are smoking they stay angry or upset. The reason they smoke more at those times is because smoking doesn’t work to help calm them down. However, because they believe it will help not only do they habitually smoke at those times, they don’t notice that smoking isn’t working to help him calm down. And, that is simply because they are not taking time to consciously pay attention to their stress levels while and after they have been smoking. They just assume that they’ll feel better, because that’s their belief.
Simply realizing that smoking does not relieve stress is frequently a very powerful step towards eliminating the smoking habit.
There are powerful and effective hypnosis techniques that can create more effective and healthy automatic responses to stressful situations. For example, how much better would it be if the next time the boss asked you to work late, you took a deep breath, relaxed, and became fully present in the moment. Wouldn’t it be easier to finish up your work more quickly and efficiently?
In my Atlanta hypnosis practice, I have helped clients manage their stress as part of their stop smoking programs. And sometimes they’ll tell me that their coworkers have noticed how much more relaxed they are at work.
Just eliminating some of the erroneous beliefs about smoking is frequently a step along the way to their quitting for good. I’ve seen that happen repeatedly and consistently with my clients, and they frequently report how much better their lives have become, not only because they stopped smoking, but because they’re coping with stress so much more effectively.
Wesley Anderson, Doctor of Clinical Hypnotherapy