29 June 2008

Hypnotist Reveals 10 Tricks to Quit Smoking

Going to quit smoking? It doesn’t have to be hard! One of the keys for beating the addiction once and for all is to tap into the power of your mind. Here are some points to help you succeed.

I. Make quitting smoking your number one goal. Instead of a long list of various goals, make quitting smoking your number-one top priority. By focusing on smoking cessation as most crucial goal, you increase your chances of success.

II. Make a long list of all the positive benefits of being an ex-smoker! Keep the end result in mind. Think about how your energy level will increase. Imagine all the stuff you can do with the money you’ll save each year by not buying cigarettes. Focus on how you’ll add many healthy years to your life, so you can do all the things you’ve desired to do, spending time with people you care about.

III. Think of methods that can help you make quitting smoking easier. Unite with a friend or family member to quit together. Ask a co-worker to go for a quick walk with you on breaks. Maybe you can take a smoking cessation class or learn self-hypnosis.

IV. Make a promise to yourself. Plan the date and time that you will smoke your last cigarette. Make this commitment to yourself as if your life depends on it. Why? Because it does! Write down the "sneaky tricks" that could try to lure you in for "just one" smoke you know, the things that have triggered you in the past. Write down your plan of action for beating these sneaky triggers.

V. Put your plan in writing. Write down everything you’ve thought of while reading this article, plus any other thoughts that you consider will assist you to remain smoke free. More ideas: stay away from other smokers for a while; get rid of your cigarettes and ashtrays; ask a friend to call you every day for moral support.

VI. As an alternative to thought, "This is hard" try to think somewhat like "It's getting easier and easier". You could even come up with your own mantra. It can be: "I take care of health."; "I can handle this."; "I can do it!" Have a positive statement you can say to yourself throughout the day that will help you to stay smoke free.

VII. Give yourself rewards. Why not have a quit jar and put all the money that you would have spent on cigarettes in it? You could save up for a tropical vacation or a down payment on that new sports car. Think of a nice reward to give yourself for being smoke free for one day, one week, one month, and so on! Mark them on your calendar so you have something to look forward to.

VIII. Approach quitting smoking process with a "I can. I will. I must." attitude. If your child or loved one was burning in a building and you were the only one there to get them out, would you just "give it a try?" Would you simply "give it a shot?" Or would you "give it everything you’ve got?" Of course you would do anything and everything, whatever it took. Well, aren’t you worth the same? So approach quitting smoking with the same attitude, because you’re truly saving your own life – you’re worth it!

IX. Visualize your journey to success. Every morning and evening, close your eyes for a few moments and rehearse in your mind how you will say "no" to any temptations to having a cigarette, and notice how good it feels to be in control of your triggers and urges. Also, picture and imagine yourself as a happy non-smoker for 3 to 5 minutes each day. Visualize yourself as happy, healthy and active doing all the things you love to do.

X. Stress is everywhere, and every smoker think that cigarettes help us to relax, in reality, nicotine just make smoker free from desire to light up for a while and also nicotine is a stimulant to the body. During the first week of quitting, you will likely have thoughts to have a cigarette when you feel stressed. Learning to take long, deep breaths throughout the day can be a good start. If you can learn to tackle stress, you can tackle kicking the addiction much more easily.

Valerie Dawson, MSW is a hypnotist who specializes in helping people to quit smoking. She offers great "Easy Quit Hypnosis Program" How many times you've tried to quit? If you're still smoking it means only that you've tried something that didn't work. "Easy Quit Hypnosis Program" works, and not only does it work, it works in one hour. You'll be a non-smoker in one hour or less, with no will-power, deprivation or weight gain.