Wales’ chief medical officer, Dr Tony Jewell, has said: “Wednesday is No Smoking Day and, as chief medical officer, I must stress how important it is to take every opportunity to improve your chances of living a long and healthy life”.
Most smokers know the risk they’re taking every time they light up, but often the pull of the addiction is stronger than the guilt.
However, studies show that within 20 minutes of your last cigarette, your pulse and blood pressure will return to a normal rate. Within 24 hours of your last cigarette, the carbon monoxide completely leaves your body and your lungs are able to start clearing themselves. After just three days, you will feel more energetic and breathing will become easier.
One year after giving up, your risk of heart attack will be reduced by a massive 50%.
Unlike losing weight, the effects of giving up smoking are immediate and obvious, factors that should make the giving-up process easier.
If you do struggle with giving up smoking, you could consider hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy aims to alter certain habitual thought patterns in order to break the desire for a cigarette. To discover more about how it works and how hypnotherapy could help you stop smoking for good, please visit our Quitting Smoking page.
To help you prepare for a hypnotherapy session, refrain from smoking for one day (whether it’s No Smoking Day or not) and keep a diary documenting all of your thought patterns. If you feel the urge come on, jot it down in your diary along with anything else you may be doing, such as sitting at your desk or watching TV. Recording these patterns will help you and your hypnotherapist identify points of weakness throughout your day, which will then help you to break the patterns and strengthen your resistance.
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