Smoking Tips to Help You Stop

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Many people consult me to help them give up smoking because hypnotherapy is one of the more effective treatments available.

Hypnosis can increase motivation and build strong aversions to the sight, smell and practice of smoking.

Even when using hypnosis I will advise clients to do everything possible to ensure success.

Here are some tips to help you stop:

Tip # 1. Set a deadline to quit

Many people have vague ideas about wanting to quit without being specific about when. Having a deadline and sticking to it will make the process more concrete and foreseeable in your mind, and therefore easier.

Tip # 2. Preparation

Prepare for the day you quit and avoid temptation – choose a quit date that’s unlikely to be stressful and get rid of all cigarettes, tobacco and smoking paraphernalia from your home and car. Any ashtrays left lying around will only remind you of smoking so get rid of those too! Also avoid the pub or other places where people around you might be smoking.

Tip # 3. Make a public commitment

Tell friends and family you are quitting and get them to help you. That means letting friends know you are now a non-smoker and don’t want to smoke or be offered any cigarettes in future. Making a public commitment to not smoke not only makes others aware and potentially more supportive, but can also motivate you not to give in to temptation rather than have others think badly of you if you don’t go the distance.

Tip # 4. List your reasons for quitting

List all your reasons for quitting and refer to it often, this can help you to stay focused and to stay motivated.

Example:

  • Feeling great
  • Improved breathing and general fitness
  • Reduced health risks and less chance of a slow and lingering death
  • Extra money in your pocket (most smokers regularly spend over £200 on this life threatening habit)
  • Stop smelling like an ashtray – Fresher breath and generally more pleasant odour
  • An improved sense of smell and taste
  • Less stress and anxiety
  • Cleaner lungs and a stronger heart

Tip # 5. Don’t be put off by the propaganda

After 3-7 days you are free of the effects of nicotine and are no longer prone to any kind of withdrawal. What you are left with is simply a bad habit and how you deal with that will have a big impact on how successful you are. You don’t need nicotine patches or e-cigarettes which are simply reinforcing the addictive part of the habit. What you do need to do is to build new and better habits in your life which do not include cigarettes.

And finally, always remember a lapse is not a relapse. Smoking one cigarette does not mean you have become a smoker again, simply that you have fallen off the wagon so get back up there and start again!

If you seriously want to quit and need a little help, make an appointment today.