Acupuncturists and Hypnotherapists in Barnet
The London Borough of Barnet is not an area I am at all familiar with, but looking at the Directory I see it covers places I have at least heard of, like Edgware and Finchley, plus some I haven’t, like Temple Fortune.
I see that National Stop Smoking Centres have branches in all of these places, for both hypnotherapy and acupuncture, and of course the National Health Service provide a smoking cessation service in the borough, with their nicotine replacement products and psychotropic drugs. There don’t seem to be any independent acupuncturists or hypnotherapists in Barnet listed yet, although with NSSC at least having hypnotherapists in Finchley and acupuncturists in Edgware that shouldn’t matter, but if you are yourself a therapist in Barnet who specialises in helping people to stop smoking do get yourself listed – there is a link on the Directory’s page for this.
New Year’s resolutions
It surprises me how may people go on about stopping smoking for the New Year. I’m not a New Year kind of person myself and I’ve never understood why anyone would think it represents a significant point in one’s life, but that’s probably just me being curmudgeonly.
Actually, I’m not really sure I’m alone in this. When I say everyone goes on about it, who is this everyone? I don’t actually believe many smokers decide to stop on the first of January. I think it’s one of those myths that just goes on and on without anyone stopping to ask questions about it. I think in fact the the media are the guilty party. Every New Year they write something about stopping smoking, usually a feature on the different ways to stop, more often than not backed by advertising from the drug companies pushing nicotine replacement products. In other words, New Year is a marketing opportunity for stop-smoking drugs. It’s a hook, and advertisers like hooks. It might not actually be a hook, by which I mean if smokers themselves are not thinking about stopping at this time then the hook is in the imagination of the drug companies (in which I include the National Health Service, which is the distribution arm of the pharmaceutical industry).
Enough about them – what about smokers? If that’s you, and you ARE thinking about stopping for New Year. I suggest you ask yourself how sensible this is. All right, perhaps I have to accept that you need a hook yourself, that it takes New Year for you to get motivated, but that’s my point here – WHY do you need that hook? Bearing in mind it’s a somewhat weak motivator, I have to ask, by which I mean I suggest you should ask yourself, if you aren’t motivated to stop smoking all the rest of the year how likely is it that this artificial prompt to stop smoking is going to help you very much?
What I am saying is if you haven’t been sufficiently motivated to stop smoking all year round, I think you are just putting it off. I think the New Year resolution might be an excuse. I suspect you are saying to yourself, “I don’t have to think about it now, I can enjoy my fags over Christmas with all my smoking friends, because I’m made a resolution to stop on 31st December.”
I think when you look at it like that you can see it’s nothing more than procrastination. And what happens if you don’t stop smoking that day, if it goes wrong? I suppose you’re going to decide to stop on your birthday, or National No Smoking Day in March, or any date as long as it’s not now.