3 Steps Stop Smoking To Feel and Look Great in 2017!
If you or someone you know has a new year’s resolution to stop smoking the following tips will help.
How do I know this? Well, I not only use to be a smoker, but since 2007 I have helped over 3,000 people quit the deadly (and costly) smoking habit. You could say that I’ve learnt a thing or two about quitting and it basically boils down to 3 steps; preparation, quitting and remaining a nonsmoker.
Step 1: Preparation
a) Without the right preparation you’re wasting your time. It’s a serious goal; it deserves your respect, time and effort. If you don’t have the time to prepare than you obviously don’t value quitting enough. Until commitment is followed by action, it’s just a positive intention which isn’t going to get you over the line.
b) Get 100% clear on your reasons by writing them down somewhere so you can see them. Be specific but concise, be emotive and descriptive. Don’t just write ‘health’, write specifics and then take a picture of it to keep in your mobile phone.
c) Choose a ‘Quit Date’ to build up to. Make yourself accountable by telling at least a few people about that date. Tell them that you’ll be a non-smoker from then on. Don’t let the ‘fear of failure’ hold you back. There is no failure only feedback. Think of each time you ‘failed’ in the past to get the lesson or the learning to be better this time around.
d) Get REALLY clear on your triggers and associations. Prepare for them by writing them down and next to them writing a replacement behavior. Eg: you may have ‘Boredom’ on one side and on the other you could put: ‘go for a walk, call someone, play on my phone, watch a silly Youtube video, social media’ etc.
e) Start cutting down beforehand by rationing yourself. Don’t carry an entire pack on, that makes it too easy to smoke. Determine which ones you ‘must have’ in the day, put them in a separate container and stick to just that amount.
f) This is a horrible one, but it works! Grab a big clear glass pickle jar and start collecting your butts and ash in there while slowly topping it up with water. After your quit date keep it somewhere you can see it occasionally to remind you of how disgusting it is. If you REALLY need a boost of motivation to kill an urge, open the lid and take smell and that’ll kill your urge quick smart.
g) Every night the moment your head hits the pillow and until you fall asleep, start to visualize yourself as a non-smoker as VIVIDLY AS YOU CAN! See what you see, hear what you hear and feel what you feel as a nonsmoker. The more real you can imagine it, the better!
Step 2: Quitting
a) Start working your plan from this moment on! Each day wake up saying to yourself; ‘just for today, I’m going to be smoke free’
b) Watch your savings growing and growing. Each day or week, put cash in a jar or create an automatic EFT into an account to watch it grow.
c) Switch up the usual routines of your day and just start practicing by doing your usual things a little differently.
d) Distract yourself from your urges with little tasks. Keep busy, call a friend or support person.
e) Get a glass full of ice water and slowly chew on the ice to decrease your cigarette urge. It might sound crazy, but try it. Brush your teeth to give your mouth a nice minty taste.
f) DETOX! It takes 3-7 days for the body to eliminate all the toxins but you can speed it up. Sweat as much as possible for 3-4 days after your quit date: exercise, steam room, sauna etc. Drink at least 2 liters of water a day. Run a hot tub with a hand full of sea salt/Epsom salts, ½ cup of baking soda and 10 drops of Lavender essential oil.
g) Have plenty of natural sugars; fruit, juice honey. Why? Because each cigarette has up to 20% sugar because of the treatment process of tobacco to make it ‘smoother’. So to combat the moodiness, irritability, headaches and the need to eat when you’ve quit, have natural sugars. Nibble on a mixture of raw macadamia nuts (the oil calms down the nicotine receptors in the brain) and good quality liquorice which helps to suppress sugar urges
Step 3: Remaining a nonsmoker
a) Research and PRACTICE new ways to deal with stress such as meditation, breathing techniques, yoga etc.
b) Beware of alcohol! It reduces your decision making ability and can lead to ‘just one puff won’t hurt’ thinking.
c) Download a free quit smoking app to track your days as a nonsmoker and the money saved to give yourself a HUGE pat on the back!
If all this hasn’t done the trick for you, consider contacting a qualified and reputable Hypnotherapist for a drug-free and completely natural way to stop smoking cigarettes