October brings with it the annual UK stop-smoking initiative which has proven enormously successful in reducing smoking prevalence. If you have successfully quit smoking or never started, you can wonder which other aspect of your life you could improve with a simple change for one month.
Personally, I’m giving up drinking coffee. There is mounting evidence of how caffeine triggers the flight or fight response, causing anxiety, possibly in millions of coffee consumers across the world.
If you do smoke and have been inspired by the record numbers of people who have successfully quit for good, please call me at Cheadle Therapy to discuss or book your smoking cessation session. I use a personalised combination of hypnotherapy, psychotherapy and coaching strategies from over 20 years of using NLP, the science of achievement.
This article from Hypnotherapy Directory lists the fairly rapid improvements someone would experience since they stubbed out their last cigarette.
Stop smoking timeline
The time since last cigarette and how it affects the body:
- 20 minutes: Blood pressure and heart rate return to normal.
- 12 hours: Carbon monoxide levels drop back to normal.
- 24 hours: The body starts to clear out the mucus build-up in the lungs.
- 72 hours: Breathing becomes easier and energy levels increase.
- 1 month: Appearance of skin improves.
- 3 to 9 months: Lung function can improve by up to 10 per cent.
- 1 year: Risk of suffering from a heart attack falls to about half of that of a smoker.
- 10 years: Risk of developing lung cancer falls to about half of that of a smoker.
- 15 years: Risk of suffering heart attack falls to that of a non-smoker.
Hypnotherapy or psychotherapy will help you to identify and break the specific negative beliefs, habits and behaviours that have been stopping you from successfully giving up smoking, coffee drinking or any other addiction.