Hypnotism to Stop Smoking

You can use hypnotism to stop smoking, as a matter of fact, the two most common requests we get at the Complete Mind Therapy Institute are for clients seeking help with weight loss hypnosis and stop smoking hypnosis. We offer individual therapy sessions for those wishing to use hypnotism to quit smoking as well as quit smoking hypnosis seminars for both corporate and private groups.

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Hypnotism to Quit Smoking

Before we dive right into the nuts and bolts of using hypnotism to quit smoking let’s discuss quitting smoking in general.

Smoking cigarettes is an addiction, and quitting smoking cigarettes has been compared to withdrawing from a heroin addiction. It simply is not easy. So let’s talk about a few different ways to help you to succeed in your effort to quit smoking.

time-to-quit-smokingBut, you have made a decision today to visit this site to gain more information on quitting, and you should be congratulated for taking the first step. And it is our objective to help you accomplish that objective.

The most important thing in getting ready to quit smoking is to have a plan. So let’s take a look at what you can do to plan ahead for the big day.

There are a variety of strategies that you can use to help you to quit smoking, start off by researching the various strategies.

By simply following the steps below it will help you to create your very own customized quit smoking plan. As you move through the steps, you want to keep your plan readily available when you quit.

Step One: Pick a Quit Date

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When it comes to choosing a quit date, sooner is obviously better than later. Many smokers choose a date within two weeks for their quit date. This two-week timeframe will give you enough time to prepare. In this first critical step, it is necessary that you really think about the date ahead of time. You should, of course, avoid choosing a day where you know you will be busy, stressed, or tempted to smoke.

Now that you have chosen your Quit Date: Circle the day on your calendar. Put a Bright RED note in your Day Planner. Make it a countdown if you want. Write it out somewhere where you will see it every day. This will remind you of your decision to become a non-smoker and give you the necessary time to prepare to quit.

Let Your Loved Ones Know That You Are Quitting Smoking.

It is much easier to quit smoking when you have support from the most important people in your life. Let them know ahead of time of your decision to quit and your quit date. Explain to them how they can help you quit, be sure to enlist their help. It isn’t always easy for us to ask others to help, but the support of the people closest to you can truly mean the difference between success and failure.

Getting Rid of the Smoking Paraphernalia

Anything that would remind you of smoking should be discarded. Getting rid of those items can keep you on track during your quit. This paraphernalia can include such things as your cigarettes, matches, ashtrays, and lighters. It may also help to make things clean and fresh at work‚ in your car (consider getting the car detailed)‚ and at home. Even the smell of stale cigarette smoke can cause a cigarette craving.

Never save one pack of cigarettes “just in case.”

Clearly State Your Reasons to Quit Smoking, and Write Them Down.

Everyone has their own personal reasons for quitting smoking. Maybe they want to be healthier, maybe they want to save some money (with cigarettes priced at nearly $10.00 a pack in many locations the savings can really add up fast, or maybe you keep their family safe. All of these are of course great reasons to quit.  As you prepare to quit, think about your own reasons for quitting. Remind yourself over and over of them every day as the big day approaches. These reasons alone can be enough to inspire you to stop smoking for good.

Once you have made your list keep it in a place where you can see it (that bathroom mirror, the refrigerator, on the coffee table beside your favorite chair).  Any time you feel the urge to smoke, look at and review your list. It will keep you motivated.

Identify The Triggers to Your Smoking

As human beings, we are creatures of habit. When we smoke, it is often tied to many parts of our life. Certain activities that we engage in, certain feelings or emotions we experience, and even the people that we associate with can all be triggers. When you come across these things, they may “trigger” your subconscious desire and turn on your urge to smoke. If you can anticipate these smoking triggers ahead of time it is much easier to develop ways to deal with them.

Thinking about these triggers in advance and writing them down can help you to develop alternative actions to the triggers, for example, if driving in your car to work is a trigger for you why not bring a piece of fresh fruit with you when you get into the car, when the urge strikes munch on your piece of fruit. Make a list of everything that makes you feel like smoking. As you go through your list of triggers why not write down one way you can deal with or avoid each item on your list.

Develop Your Coping Strategies

There is nicotine and a variety of other chemicals in cigarettes but nicotine is the primary ingredient that makes you addicted to smoking. When you stop smoking, your body will have to adjust to no longer having that addictive nicotine in its system. This is called going through withdrawal. Withdrawal can to say the least be unpleasant, but you can get through it. By developing your coping strategies to deal with the withdrawals ahead of time you can help ensure that you stay smoke-free for good!

There are certain medications and behavior changes that can help you manage the symptoms of withdrawal. As a matter of fact, there are many medications that can help you quit smoking available both over the counter and by doctor’s prescription. Do your research ahead of time and discuss your plans to quit with your health care professional, they may be able to offer you a variety of suggestions. Whatever you choose, however, be sure that you have them on hand prior to your quitting day. Remember that the withdrawal symptoms‚ including the cravings‚ will subside with every day that you stay smoke-free.  Yes, it does get easier and easier with each and every passing day.

Line Up Your Support Ahead of Time.

The obvious most difficult time, while you are quitting smoking, is the first few weeks. While you experience the uncomfortable feelings, and the temptations to smoke, the withdrawal symptoms, and cravings. It is best to have a couple of supportive people around you that you can turn to when the urge hits hard, someone that you can pick up the phone and call that will encourage you that you are doing the right thing.  It is important to understand that if you can get your mind off that urge for just a couple of minutes the urge will go away, after all, you are just reacting to an old trigger.

Another great thing to do when the urge for a cigarette hits is to brush your teeth, after all, why would you want to smoke just after you just brushed your teeth and your mouth and your breath is minty fresh.

Here at the Complete Mind Therapy Institute in Stoneham, MA we realize that quitting smoking happens one minute at a time, one hour at a time, one day at a time. And it is not easy, but with the proper help and support, you can succeed. And we are here to help. It doesn’t matter if you want to set up an appointment to come in and see us, or if you work with a corporate or private group that is looking to set up a quit smoking hypnosis seminar, or you simply desire one of our custom stop smoking recordings, each method is extremely effective in helping you to quit.

To get further information on any of these alternatives please feel free to contact me by email at drcarl@doctorhypnotist.com

Another great tip to help you with your success is to remember to reward yourself throughout the process. Celebrating the individual milestones along the way, being 24 hours smoke-free, one week smoke-free, and one month smoke-free. Quitting smoking is hard, and you should be proud of your accomplishments. Treat yourself with a nice dinner, or a day at the movies, or any other smoke-free activity that you enjoy. Plan out your milestone rewards ahead of time and set up a smoke-free reward for each one to give you something to look forward to.