Are you ready to be smoke free?

Quit Smoking

Only you can decide when you are ready. Hypnotherapy makes stopping smoking much easier by reducing cravings and withdrawal symptoms. It cannot make you stop smoking. You need to be ready and willing to free yourself. People often stop and start and stop and start again, but those who are committed to stopping smoking find it far easier than those who are still unsure.

Before you stop, you might find it useful to notice when and where you smoke, also how you feel when you decide to have a cigarette, how you feel as you’re smoking and also afterwards. A diary might help here. It could be that you don’t enjoy it anymore and it’s just an old habit. Maybe you smoke when you are bored, or feeling upset or stressed. It is a common perception that smoking helps when you feel stressed, but the poisons in the cigarettes only cause more stress to your body. It is often the deep breath and slow exhalation that help, or withdrawing yourself from a stressful situation to take some time out. These things can often be easily done without the aid of a cigarette. I wonder what you would do instead? Self-relaxation is great technique here! See self-hypnosis hints.

Imagine how much better your life will be when you stop. What is most important to you? Is it your health and energy, the appearance of your skin, the freshness of your clothes and breath, the cost, or have you just had enough of the hassle of being a smoker? What is it that makes this decision one you really want to commit to?

When you decide to stop:

  • It is important to throw away any cigarettes, ashtrays, lighters and matches.

  • Set aside regular time to do self relaxation, using an image for relaxation and calm, or see yourself as smoke free, healthy, full of vitality, enjoying life to the full. Practise twice a day at first. Try deep, relaxing breathing too, it can be done anywhere, anytime.
  • Drink lots of water, eat lots of fruit and take vitamin C. This has been scientifically shown that it may help during the first few weeks. Having fruit around is also good to occupy your hands.
  • Remember the money you are saving too - I wonder what your reward will be?

  • Choose an exercise you enjoy, or take lots of brisk walks, breathing deeply, clearing out your lungs and stimulating your circulation. You will find that sooner or later you will begin to notice that you have more energy.

  • You only ever need to refuse one cigarette.
  • If possible, try to avoid situations where other people are smoking when you first decide to stop.
  • It is normal to have a passing thought about cigarettes even when you have decided to stop. But just like most of the other thoughts that go through your mind in any one day, you don’t need to act upon it. It will soon pass.

Free yourself and enjoy living life to the full, one day at a time!