Quitting smoking reduces anxiety, especially among those who mainly smoke to “cope” with life, according to new research from Oxford and Cambridge Universities and Kings College London.
“The belief that smoking is stress relieving is pervasive, but almost certainly wrong. The reverse is true: smoking is probably anxiogenic (causes anxiety) and smokers deserve to know this and understand how their own experience may be misleading,” said the researchers.
For the study, researchers followed 491 smokers who were enrolled in U.K.’s National Health Service smoking cessation clinics throughout England.
They had all received nicotine patches and were attending weekly appointments. Overall, 106 (21.6 percent) of the participants had been diagnosed with mental health problems before they tried quitting smoking — mostly anxiety and mood disorders.
At the beginning of the study, participants were assessed for their anxiety levels. They were also asked their reason for smoking: mainly pleasure, mainly to cope, or about equal.
Sixty-eight (24 percent) of the participants were still smoke-free six months later. Ten of these had a current psychiatric disorder.
According to the results, those who were able to quit smoking showed lower levels of anxiety. The decrease in anxiety was especially notable among the ex-smokers who used smoking “to cope,” compared to those who smoked “for pleasure.”
Among participants who started smoking again, pleasure smokers reported no change in anxiety levels after relapsing. However, those who smoked “to cope,” as well as those with a diagnosed mental health disorder showed an increase in anxiety.
Participants who smoked to cope were far more likely to have a cigarette first thing in the morning. The researchers say this behavior aims to “stave off withdrawal symptoms, including anxiety.” If they managed to quit smoking, these repeated episodes of anxiety eventually lifted and they felt less anxious.
“In summary, stopping smoking probably reduces anxiety and the effect is probably larger in those who have a psychiatric disorder and who smoke to cope with stress. A failed quit attempt may well increase anxiety to a modest degree, but perhaps to a clinically relevant degree in people with a psychiatric disorder and those who report smoking to cope,” said the researchers.
“Clinicians should reassure patients that stopping smoking is beneficial for their mental health, but they may need to monitor for clinically relevant increases in anxiety among people who fail to attain abstinence.”
Source: British Journal of Psychiatry
Much to my amazement most well trained hypnotists make no real distinction between trance and hypnosis. They will use the two words interchangeably. To understand how hypnosis works it’s important to know the difference.
While Trance and Hypnosis are different it’s also important to emphasize that they are both very useful. A lot can be done to help people with trance and hypnosis and a lot more can be done when the two are incorporated to work together.
Trance is a unique mental state that we experience all the time in one form or another. Trance is highly focused and has thoughts, emotions and imagination all working together to create a meaningful experience. When a person is experiencing trance a LOT of things can change. The trance itself will support what people want to do and achieve. Many people will say that it’s like being coached and encourages just before a big event – you feel unstoppable in that trance.
The downside of trance is that when you are not experiencing the trance the benefits of it can be hard to find. As a result people work to bring the trance back. They can do it through affirmations, meditation or repeated visits to their hypnotist.
Given enough time and effort trance can make significant changes in a persons life.
In psychological terms in trance your are “associated” in experience. Meaning you know that you are in the trance and you can evaluate what you are experiencing. If the hypnotist instructs you to believe in trance “you are non-smoker” then in the trance it’s true and you know it. But, in trance, you can evaluate the instruction and quite possibly reject it.
Hypnosis is a different sort of beasty that trance.
When you are in a “trance” you can evaluate what you are experiencing and know that it’s happening within your mind. Hypnosis differs from trance in that what you experience in hypnosis is “real”. It cannot be evaluated as “just a part of the imagination”. Hypnosis is as different from trance as riding a roller coaster is different from imagining riding a roller coaster.
In hypnosis (as opposed to trance) what the hypnotist says goes past any ability to analyze, evaluate or reject. For every practical reason what the hypnotist say is true, real and unarguable.
You, The Hypnosis Client
What does all this mean to you, the hypnosis client.
First, it means that you are in much better hands when you choose a hypnotist who knows the difference between trance and hypnosis and who can tell the difference during the hypnosis session. Remember, most hypnotists don’t know the difference.
It also means that you can still use trance to help you achieve your goals. These would likely be in the form of affirmations, meditations, positive reinforcement audios, etc. If the hypnosis session truly employed hypnosis successfully these trance aids wouldn’t be necessary but they won’t hurt your outcome. If you want more information on hypnosis or want to schedule an evaluation you can give a call or send an email here.
What should I expect before being hypnotized?
If you haven’t been hypnotized before you are probably curious about what it’s like.There are a lot of styles of hypnotherapy and every hypnotist has their own goal for what their client is to experience. Many hypnotherapist like to use the word “relax” as part of their hypnosis process. “Relax” isn’t a word I typically use because I’ve found the quality of hypnosis depends on ones ability to focus. Because of the widely known positive benefits of hypnosis therapy to overcome the burdens of insomnia and restlessness, some mistakenly think they will be brought to an unconscious state during our induction. On a visit to our office, our process is centered around helping our clients to overcome these burdens but you shouldn’t expect a nap while you are at our office. Our goal will be to train you while you are conscious. ( That would be an expensive nap and our goal is to fix our clients, not simply induce sleep.)
During the process of hypnosis will I be in control of my freewill?
Yes. You will be completely cognizant of all the suggestions given to you and you will not be compelled to do anything that goes against your core beliefs and personal standards of integrity. The type of hypnotherapy we provide in our facility is a sort of alternative medicine that has been proven to produce results. The way you feel when confronted with situations is actually a learned behavior. Our process is not a stage show. We work with you to establish new self empowering anchors to use when you are confronted with life situations.
Why should you consider hiring a hypnotherapist?
Having practiced hypnosis for several decades and having helped thousands of people take control of their lives, I can testify that my methods are proven and successful. I will work with you to better understand the process and start changing your life immediately.
I make as certain as possible that every hypnotists is the most pleasant and focused state that they can achieve. It is not uncommon when a session ends for my clients to say “Wow! That was incredible!”
So, what is it like to be hypnotized?
Simply stated, when you decide to b
ecome a hypnosis client with New Hampshire Hypnosis you will find, if you follow the hypnotists instructions exactly, that it is an incredibly focus and pleasurable experience.
There are many practical applications for hypnosis:
- Fear of Flying
- Anxiety before a Clinical Procedure
- Losing Weight
- Overcoming Fear of Clowns
- Preparing for Public Speaking
- Overcoming Addictions
- Stopping Smoking / Smoking Cessation
Why not try it? You’ve got nothing to lose but a bad habit.
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis or “Hypnotherapy” (as it is more properly termed) is a technique that uses mental cues to effect a physical state. It involves an inductive trance-like state where the person receiving the therapy can experience a very relaxing form of training in which to change behaviors. Recent studies have shown that hypnosis can be beneficial in acute anxiety disorders such as panic disorder.
Scientific Research Supports Hypnosis
Several studies have begun to identify the positive benefits of Hypnotherapy in the treatment of anxiety disorders (a class of disorders where patients experience irrational or excessive worrying that can be complicated with physical ailments such as chest pains and shortness of breath). In 2010, a report from Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics, researchers found that hypnosis is safe and effective as a method to treat and manage anxiety disorders. Moreover, they found “compelling evidence” that suggests Hypnotherapy can be used to treat physical health problems such as irritable bowl syndrome and migraine headaches.
More studies have shown that hypnosis can be used as a preventative method to treat anxiety disorders that are triggered by stressful situations. This is done by setting up positive self-empowering cues or “nudges” that the person can use as an anchor in situations of extreme duress. Hypnosis as a means of preconditioning patients for stressful situations has been proven useful in medical procedures. A 2006 research study found that 76% of patients who were treated with a hypnosis induction prior to surgery felt less anxious before going into the operating room.
How can YOU use the benefits of Hypnotherapy?
Hypnosis is typically performed by a hypnotherapist. A proven hypnotist can help train your mind to think differently about situations and set up a treatment program for your unique situation that may include personalized recorded inductions.
Should You Use Hypnosis to Treat Anxiety?
If you are considering the benefits of hypnosis in your life, the best thing to do is to call us. We can help you to determine the best course of action for you personally.