Busting more Smoking Myths

More people than ever seem to be asking me to help them stop smoking with hypnosis.

Last week we talked about the Nicotine addiction myth. This week we’re going to investigate the other great smokers’ myth “Smoking calms me and helps me relax”.

When someone inhales cigarette smoke they also take in all the toxins and poisons with it. We all know about Nicotine of course, this is an intense stimulant. But were you aware of the other 4000 or so chemical “ingredients”? These include 43 known cancer-causing (carcinogenic) compounds and 400 other toxins. These include carbon monoxide, as well as formaldehyde, ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, arsenic, and DDT. Google them to fully appreciate what they do.

In short, the body reacts to this toxic invasion by increasing heart rate and blood pressure as well as upping adrenalin production. Nicotine constricts the arteries and acts as a stimulant too. Doesn’t too relaxing so far!

So where does this illusion of calm come from?

It’s on two levels really. Firstly we need to understand stressed smoking. Someone who is having a “stress cigarette” will scramble around for the packet, get a cigarette out, light it quickly and take a deep inhale. Deeper than normal and hold it in and then give a big breath out, feeling a little more relaxed then. It’s actually the deep breathing that calms them down. If you breathed deeply without the cigarette, you would calm down quicker because there are no poisons or stimulants being taken in.

Secondly, if we are stressed in work, looking after the children or working on a demanding task we need to go outside to smoke. This gives us 5 minutes away from whatever it was that was stressing us out. It gives us a break, a diversion or just some time alone to collect our thoughts. So that when they go back to whatever it was that they were doing their mind appears clearer and more relaxed.

So knowing this, how could you calm yourself in more healthy ways without confusing your body with stimulants while it’s trying to calm down? How could you give yourself mini-breaks to stay relaxed and focussed? How easily could you incorporate deep breathing techniques to your day?

Have fun experimenting and “Googling” today.

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