Is quitting smoking easier than you've been told?
If you're thinking about finally kicking the habit, you may be worried about the barriers you're going to face, or the struggles that may crop up. After all, many smokers feel that they have become addicted to nicotine, (which is often described as a very addictive substance), and think it's this chemical addiction that is the biggest barrier. You may be worried about withdrawel symptoms or have heard harrowing stories of 'what happens' when you quite cold turkey.
The first thing to bear in mind is that the chemical addiction is the least challenging aspect of quitting smoking. In fact, 99% of nicotine has left your blood completely after just 48 hours of not smoking. And with a little 'hypnotic assistance' to aid your willpower, you can go 48 hours without a cigarette easily!
So, what's the problem and the solution?
The main barrier to quitting is habits, routine and temptation. So, here are a few tips to help you break those as you prepare to become a non smoker!
- Firstly, make sure you take the process one day at the time. Don't waste your time thinking about next year, next month or even next week. Take each day as it comes and focus on how good it feels to be a non smoker, and to be in control.
- Speak to your loved ones, friends and collegues about your decision to quit smoking. Just by letting them know what you are attempting to do, they will be able to be a support team for you and assist you in staying motivated and fighting temptations. The help of these people can keep you focused on your plan to quit. Just ensuring you don't have the unwanted 'offers' of cigs can be a huge help.
- When the urge to smoke becomes overwhelming: Stop, think and recharge. Pausing when you would normally just give in to an urge will help you break the habit. But more significantly, as you begin pondering rather than just caving in you'll notice the urges may come but then fade away again. Part of the journey is about becoming aware of your thoughts and your actions not being in a cycle of ''automated habits'
- Make a commitment to quitting smoking before you begin figuring out how you're going to do it. Think of the why. Is it to make you feel healthier and to be able to enjoy time with your children or grandchildren? Is it due to the knowldedge of what you're doing to your insides when you smoke? Or is it the financal aspect of being able to potentiall save thousands of pounds per year when you kick the habit. When you feel 'tempted', pause and remember your 'why'. Your 'why' is far more important than standing and puffing on a burning stick of deadly chemicals for five minutes, surely?
If you stick to the tips above you'll find your journey to becoming a non smoker becomes so much easier. Ultimately it does boil down to staying motivated and keeping control. This is where hypnosis can be very powerful - as you can make those changes automatically, at a root level, so the other parts of the plan just slot into place.
Imagine how your life will improve after you've quit smoking. Your breath will not smell like stale tobacco any longer, nor will your home. Your teeth can become whiter, and healthier. You will feel so much better. Just keep all of this in your mind.
If you're really in that place where you know that you want it, you know that you're commited then finding an effective hypnotherapist to assist you is a no brainer. Remember: No butts! Just Stop. You really can do it, with the right support and the right mindset!