Psychotherapy and coaching can take you towards a lasting experience of “I’m A Non-smoker Again.” The process will create a stronger personality, establish self-confidence, more exceptional leadership skills while avoiding the real hardship of poor health, a damaged relationship, or a stunted and unproductive career.
“I wanted to be a non-smoker again. So I decided to get hypnotherapy.”
What’s magical about knitting, you may ask? Say that knitting is something that you genuinely enjoy. Then giving yourself time to knit helps you to regain a very enjoyable feeling and a calm composure. Creating a preferred emotional state is what hypnosis will do for you. Your moment to moment decision-making will get better. Once you’ve created a preferred emotional state for yourself, you will feel stronger, more confident. You will find it easier to be a non-smoker once again. You have preferences, so choose wisely. Try it for yourself.
Here are a few TIPS to support your journey
Tips will help keep you motivated. Even more, they give you ways to change your behavior so that you can stop smoking for good.
To get motivated, you need a powerful, personal reason to quit. It may be to protect your family from secondhand smoke. Or lower your chance of getting lung cancer, heart disease, or other conditions. Or to look and feel younger. Choose a reason that is strong enough to outweigh the urge to light up.
Tip 1: Make a date to quit.
Choose a date to quit smoking and stick with it. It’s a great way to mentally prepare to stop smoking.
Tip 2: Put it in writing.
Make a list of the reasons you want to stop smoking and put it somewhere you’ll see it. This record can help you through the tough times when your resolve weakens.
Tip 3: Quit with a friend.
A US study in 2008 found that smokers whose friends quit were 36% more likely to stop themselves, while smokers whose colleagues quit were 34% less likely to smoke too. If you want to succeed, grab a friend who also wants to quit. That way, you can keep each other motivated and you’ll know you’re not in it alone.
Tip 4: Use the money you save on cigarettes to treat yourself.
Remember, the average smoker spends around $20 a day on cigarettes, which is a whopping $600 a month. Make sure you actually see the money you save. Set up a special account or start a ‘quitting jar’, to store the saved cash. What you monitor will happen.
Tip 5: Surround yourself with support.
People understand that quitting is a real challenge and requires a lot of willpower, so surround yourself with their positive words of encouragement.
Tip 6: Identify the triggers that make you crave a cigarette.
Strengthen your willpower by limiting or skipping triggers you commonly associate with smoking, such as drinking alcohol, coffee, or tea. If that’s the case, try drinking less when you first quit.
Tip 7: Keep busy to resist the urge to smoke.
Whenever you feel the urge to smoke, resist it by keeping busy. Make a list of five-minute strategies of things to do when a craving hits, like going for a walk, calling a friend, or drinking a glass of water.
Tip 8: Work out the stress.
Physical activity is a great way of dealing with the stress of cigarette cravings. Walk, run, swim, or take up a new activity. Your lung capacity improves by as much as 10%, nine months after you quit. You’ll be able to do more.
Tip 9: Eat well.
Cigarette cravings can be confused with hunger pangs, but more importantly, emotions. Keep fruit, vegetables, and other healthy foods handy for these moments. Start asking yourself “how am I feeling” whenever having a smoke comes to mind.
Tip 10: Try Hypnosis.
Your Psychologist can provide you with hypnosis which can help replace cigarette cravings and nicotine withdrawal symptoms with natural feelings of calm and relaxation throughout your quit journey. By using hypnosis, you double your chances of quitting successfully versus willpower alone.
Tip 11: Don’t fall at the first hurdle.
Psychologists have found that people persist in solving problems for longer when they’re told the problems are hard. Giving up smoking may be one of the most difficult things you’ll ever do. However, your persistence will help you succeed, even if you occasionally relapse.
Tip 12: Rely on expert help.
Elite athletes have coaches and successful people have mentors. It simply makes sense to use the help that you have available to give up smoking. Get in touch with Calgary Psychologists at 1-403-263-5543 for friendly, confidential, one-to-one support from a licensed Psychologist.
Tip 13: Reward yourself.
Treat yourself at each milestone of your goals. Make the rewards meaningful, like buying something you’ve had your eye on.
Tip 14: Focus on the positives.
Think of all the positives of living smoke-free, such as being healthier overall and having more energy, better skin, whiter teeth, and a better sense of taste and smell. Increase your self-confidence by proving you can do it. The less you think about smoking the easier it will be to stay smoke-free.
Tip 15: Find new ways to relax.
Help keep your mind off smoking by finding new ways to relax, such as meditation, deep breathing, light exercise, or reading.
Tip 16: Plan an ‘anniversary’ party.
Quitting smoking is no easy task – but if you give it your all and stay motivated, you’ll get there. If that’s not an excuse for a party, then we don’t know what is. Why not promise your family and friends a celebration for your one-year anniversary as a non-smoker? It’ll be yet another positive target and reason to stay motivated, as well as a great way to share your achievement with your loved ones.