Remember, once you become a NON Smoker – you must never take another puff again! Just one can get you started up again.
Contrary to what many smokers think, it is not the nicotine. Nicotine is usually out of your system in as little as 1 to 3 days. Other chemicals may take a few days more. That’s why withdrawal symptoms like insomnia, nervousness and anger tend to fade away after a week. Still, many smokers start again, because smoking is a psychological addiction. It is much harder to deal with the psychological aspects of quitting smoking than with nicotine. That makes hypnosis to quit smoking the perfect way to alter psychological decisions on the unconscious level. If a person’s attitude changes, the behavior will change with it.
Did you know that Hypnosis was found to be more than twice effective as quitting cold turkey and over three times as effective as nicotine replacement therapy, according to a study presented in October 2007 at the annual meeting of the American College of Physicians.
Here are some tips for you if you want to become a NON Smoker!
- Make a PLAN! – You must be prepared and pick a goal date for when you will have your last smoke….
- Get Moving – Exercise will increase those feel good hormones. Walking is a great start or if you enjoy bike riding or following along with a good workout video, some yoga or Pilates?
- Change your thinking and your words – Start saying i want a smoke instead of i need one. You don’t need one, you need air, water, food to live, not cigarettes.
- Clean up – Did you smoke inside your home? Get it professionally cleaned, wash any curtains, blankets, furniture… As well, clean up your mouth – get your teeth cleaned professionally. Did you smoke inside your car? Get it professionally cleaned too.
- Write down your WHY… Why do you want to quit smoking? What’s important to you about becoming a non smoker? Once you have this list, put it up where you can see it daily, review it several times per day, especially before bed!
- Switch it up – If you always smoke when having a coffee, then change that and never have a smoke with coffee. If you always hold your cigarette in your left hand, change it to the right hand. AND, change brands to a kind that you likely will not enjoy near as much as your regular brand.
- Pay for your smokes with CASH – really feel that money leaving your hands, knowing it could be spent on something else like groceries, gas or something for yourself!
- Find something else to do! There is always something better to do than smoke – Find positive behaviors that could replace this bad habit – exercising, reading, meditating, organizing your home or closets, learning a new skills etc…
- Did you know that they cure the tobacco with sugar? If you get shaky your blood sugars have likely dropped and all you need to do is have a piece of fruit and likely this will only happen in the first 1 to 3 days.
- Take a B complex to help with stress relief. Take magnesium in the evening as it will help with relaxation and sleep.
- Keep your hands busy – you might want to have a stress ball handy or take up drawing, crocheting, knitting, colouring, pottery, woodwork, crossword puzzles etc…
- Drink plenty of water and herbal teas – The chemicals in cigarettes lodge in your airways, runing mucus and phlegm dark which can trigger coughing and can destroy the cleaning mechanism of the lungs, the hairlike cillia that line the lungs.
- IF you are feeling stressed or anxious and think you “need” a smoke – do some 7/11 breathing and wiggle your toes at the same time… Inhale deeply for 7 seconds and exhale through your mouth slowly for 11 seconds, calming your nervous system down, relieving stress and releasing you from those cravings.
- ON your QUIT SMOKING DATE – Tell everyone about your plan so they can help support you and keep you accountable!
- Finally, take some time to make a list, imagine all the things you could do with the money you use to spend on cigarettes, perhaps save up for a trip, get a massage, some energy healing, some self care!
You may need to change your diet! Nourishing the body will reduce the need for stimulants such as cigarettes. Helpful Foods
- Asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, spinach, sweet potatoes, carrots, turnips.
- Grains (whole wheat, quinoa, kamut, oats, spelt), nuts (almonds, Brazil nuts, walnuts), seeds (sesame/tahini, sunflower, flax, pumpkin), brown rice. Millet cereal is a good source of protein. Only buy bread or wraps that are made with sprouted grains.
- Lots of yellow and deep orange vegetables such as carrots, pumpkin, squash and yams. Fruits such as cantaloupe, cherries, grapes, apples, berries and plums. These types of fruits and vegetables have lots of antioxidants and chemical compounds that will help to detoxify the body and carry toxins out.
- Legumes including chickpeas, lentils and red beans are also helpful to carry toxins from the body.
- Eat onions and garlic or take garlic in supplement form to help to clear the liver of toxins. Use lemon essential oil in water for your liver!
- Drink fresh carrot and/or beet juice (made from both the root and the leaf) and asparagus juice. Green powdered juice drinks are very helpful to cleanse the system and curb cravings.
Emotional Help to Quit Smoking
Avoid stressful situations as much as possible. Practice self-care, deep breathing, meditation and/or yoga. AND, tell yourself, you will be successful, have a mantra that you say everyday – “I am healthy and happy to be a non smoker”,
If you need assistance to quit, I provide a combination of Emotion Code Energy Healing/Releasing on cravings as well as anxiety around quitting and hypnosis. This first session is approx 90 minutes and a follow up a week later is offered if needed to clean up any leftover cravings. You can do it!
To Your Health, Results and Success!