Whether you’re a heavy or a social smoker, quitting is a daunting task. But while it’s certainly difficult, there are a lot of advantages in quitting this bad habit. Your health will improve and you will also feel victorious in knowing that you’ve successfully kick smoking out of your routine.
Common Fears of Quitting Cigarette Smoking
It’s natural to have some fears when you decide to stop smoking. It’s good to have a solid reason in mind before you try to quit because this will stabilize your resolve. Do you want to be healthier? Are you having a baby? Did you promise your wife or girlfriend that you would quit? Whatever the goal is, it’s better to write it down and pin it somewhere you can easily see to serve as a reminder. Here are some of the common fears of quitting smoking cold turkey:
1. Gaining weight
Since nicotine is an appetite suppressant, it’s normal to have an increase in appetite when you quit smoking. The best way to avoid gaining weight at this stage is to satisfy your cravings with less caloric food like fruits and vegetables and increase your physical activity. This way, even if you momentarily gain weight, you will still lose it in the long haul.
2. Not having a social crutch
A lot of smokers believe that when they smoke, they become more socially “in”. Well you know what, this is a myth. If you only know how people hate those who smoke, you will not think twice about quitting. In fact, in some countries, smoking in public places is banned. That should give you an idea that it’s not a glamorous habit.
3. Feeling now’s not the right time
There are a lot of excuses for quitting and one of the most persistent one is—“now’s not the right time.” Well, if you keep making that excuse, you can’t begin to quit because there’s no better time than now.
Whatever the fear is, you can’t allow it to ruin your goal. The moment you have decided to quit smoking, you need a support mechanism that will enable you to stop for good. There are people who benefit from support groups, Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) while for some, hypnotherapy is the better way to go.
Step 1: What Is Hypnosis and How Does Hypnotherapy Help?
Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness wherein the subject appears to be asleep or in a trance. This state of consciousness makes the subject susceptible to suggestions which otherwise is difficult when totally conscious. Hypnotherapy is the use of this susceptibility to treat certain psychological and physiological problems. It has also been used to address certain health issues like obesity, addiction problems and speech disorders. Here are some ways you can use self hypnosis to quit smoking:
Step 2: Auto Questioning
Find a comfortable and quiet place in your home where you can begin talking to yourself. Ask yourself honestly and seriously why you smoke. List down your answers and weigh them down sincerely. If your conclusion is that you should quit, then move on to the next step.
Step 3: Create Suggestions
After you have convinced yourself that smoking is bad, communicate repetitively with your subconscious how you’re going to quit. They must be good suggestions and you must be able to believe them at the level of your emotions. Suggestions need not be lengthy, they just have to be believable.
Step 4: Auto Suggestions
Make efforts to suggest to yourself on a regular basis. Do it every morning, afternoon and evening. Do it when you’re driving instead of listening to your radio. The idea is to repeat until you are able to internalize the suggestions.
When the smoking addiction is really severe, several repetitions might be necessary in order to have a lasting effect. How well hypnosis will work also depends on your resolve to quit. For more information on hypnotism and how to stop smoking cigarettes in Omaha, you can visit our website or our clinic for a free screening.