Mind over matter
Come New Year, thousands of people try to quit smoking. Some fail, some succeed. Having tried giving up with will power, nicotine gum and reading lots of books, feature writer Amy Thurston gives it one last shot with hypnotherapy.
CONCERNED I might leave the room clucking like a chicken, I nervously sat down opposite the hypnotist who promised me I would never smoke again.
Scanning round the room I spotted a bed in the corner; "No, please please don't make me lie down on that" I thought to myself.
As I talked through my long smoking history with hypnotherapist Georgina Block, of Loddington, she took notes about what I liked about smoking and my reasons for quitting.
Instead of believing that the first puff on a fag is pleasurable – as I have always thought – Georgina said the pleasure is in fact in taking a deep breath of air and relaxing the body, which of course feels good, rather than the car fumes we inhale.
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