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'How to Quit Cigarettes with or without Hypnosis'
If you've made the decision to kick the smoking habit once and for all, you’re going to want to keep reading. Why? Because the simple fact is that quitting cigarettes for more than just a few weeks, a few months or even a few years is a simple formula. A formula which you CANNOT take short cuts on. Having been a smoker myself and having helped more than 1,300 people quit smoking over the last 6 years, I’m now pretty confident that I know what it takes to not only stop smoking, but REMAIN a non-smoker.
The simple fact is that no matter what method you use to stop smoking, you're going to have to put in some serious effort and comittment. no one can do it for you. However with the right preparation you make this journey a little easier for yourself and this is the purpose of this artricle.
Now, I’m going to be totally honest here and tell you something that my hypnotherapist colleagues would probably shot me for telling you, and that is: with the right mindset YOU CAN QUIT SMOKING ON YOUR OWN!! That’s right. Although I do help people quit with Hypnosis and Neuro Linguistic Programing (NLP), all you really need to kick the habit once and for all is the right mindset and then perhaps a few tips and techniques. And guess what? You’re going to get both of those things in this short blog, hence if you are REALLY ready to quit, I think you’ll find this a worthwhile read.
You might have heard some of the things I’m going to share with you below, BUT, I’m sure you’ll also read a thing or two that you may not have heard before or known about cigarettes, smoking and quitting. If you get even just one tip, idea or technique that makes your next attempt more successful, then I’m sure you’d agree that this blog will have been worth your time.You just never know what small piece of advice might be the difference that makes the difference.
It’s important to know right up front that without the right mental preparation beforehand, no stop smoking aid is going to part the skies for you and 'work'. Every method will require you to put in some effort and commitment to say no when you’re faced with the opportunity to smoke during those inevitable moments when you’ll be tested.
Here's ths seceret to having ANY stop smoking aid work for you . . .
YOU MAKE IT WORK!
I really want to stress that because I often speak to smokers who want something to do all the work for them. They are the exact people who will inevitablly find quitting a struggle. Having said that, here's the interesting paradox, the people who are 100% comitted to making the aid work for them are always the ones who find the aid to be amazingly helpful. Hm . . . does this seem interesting to you?
Here's another simple fact. Once you have decided to stop smoking you are going to find one of two things that will determine how sucessful you are at remaining a non-smoker for the rest of your life and that is either:
1) An excuse to smoke, or
2) The comittment to be stronger than your excuses.
PERIOD! Pretty simple really.
I’m now going to share with you the 6 Steps to PERMANENTLY Quit Cigarettes.
Step 1: It’s not enough to know you should quit, need to quit or have to quit. You have to WANT to quit! Some smokers want all the obvious benefits of not smoking WITHOUT quitting cigarettes, and this obviously isn’t going to happen. One way to create a MASSIVE want to quit is to get COMPLETELY clear on as many reasons to quit as possible. Take out a piece of paper or use your ‘notes’ section on your smart phone and write at the top of the page: ‘I decided to quit on (day/month/year) for the following reasons…’ and then write down each and every reason WHY you really really want to quit. The key here is to be as specific as possible. Eg; don’t just write ‘for my health’, but ‘increased lung capacity’ or ‘increased endurance’ etc. Once you have this list it’s up to you to use it by keeping it close to you and looking at it often, morning and night, not only leading up to the day you quit, but also every time after your quit date whenever you are contemplating a cigarette.
Step 2: Increase your belief that you actually CAN quit by understanding that smoking is MORE of a psychological habit rather than a drug addiction. You may already have this belief but the more you can reinforce it the more empowered you’re going to be able to quit on your own. You see too many smokers have bought into the idea that they are drug addicts addicted to nicotine, so it gives them an excuse and reinforces a disempowering story, which is the exact story the drug companies want you to believe. But if quitting was all about ‘nicotine’ then the patch would work every time for everyone, but it doesn’t! The simple fact is that no replacement therapy is going to give you the mindset needed to quit. The fact that second hand smokers don’t feel the need to rush out and start smoking but can get the same illnesses as a smoker is another proof that the cigarette smoke is bad for your body but doesn’t get you ‘hooked’ on cigarettes. And how do you form and maintain a habit? By the repetition of an action. Since it takes about 10 draws to finish a cigarette if you multiply the number of cigarettes you’re having in a day by 10 that’s how many times you’re bringing your fingers to your lips a day. Big number isn’t it?
But the biggest test if a drug or chemical is truly addictive to the body or not is to notice what happens to the body when you stop taking it all of a sudden. The really addictive drugs out there are heroin, cocaine and amphetamines. If you’re a daily user of any of these kinds of drugs and have been for a while and you try to stop all of a sudden, you’re going to feel some SERIOUS withdraw symptoms. Things like severe vomiting, shaking, sweating, muscle cramps, insomnia etc. Now who goes through this when they quit cigarettes? Nothing like that. Another indicator is to see the effects of the drug on new born babies. Of course we all know that cigarette smoke is bad for an unborn child, but it only elevates the risk of an effect on them, it’s not a guarantee. But if the mother is addicted to any of the hard drugs mentioned above, that new born is going to be an addicted mess 100% of the time!
The mind body connection is just SO powerful and smokers prove this to themselves every time they walk into an airport and jump on an airplane for 10 to 13 hours. You see the moment you walk into an airport you have the mindset of ‘smoking just isn’t an option’ and so your brain produces the corresponding chemicals associated with that kind of mental conviction, it sends these chemicals to your cells and you feel fine. BUT, as soon as that plane starts to descend and your mindset switches from ‘it’s not possible’ to ‘I can have one in 20 minutes’, your brain now produces those corresponding chemicals, feeds them to your cells and all of a sudden you feel anxious, edgy and irritable. The drug companies will tell you that’s nicotine withdraw but if that’s true why weren’t you experiencing those feelings 1 hr into the flight? Hm . . . So the message here is get a 100% conviction that smoking just isn’t an option so your brain can do it’s job and support you with the brain chemistry that will allow you to FEEL like quitting is easy.
Step 3: Prepare for your ‘STOP Day’ by starting to break your habit and routine of smoking and slowly starting to reduce the cigarettes you’re having. There are a few ways to do this. Start by asking yourself how many cigarettes you think you REALLY can’t go without (it’s probably a LOT less than you’re having in a day), and put those cigarettes in a separate container and only bring those ones for the day leaving the rest of the packet at home. This forces you to think about the ones you’re having more and eliminates the ones you’re smoking literally on automatic pilot which you could have gone without. It’s no guarantee you won’t just go buy more, but it’ll make it harder and that’s the point.
Start trying to delay as many smokes as you can by putting them off by 20 or 30 minutes. During the times that you’re smoking leading up to your quit day start to think of yourself as a non-smoker by contemplating the other things you could (and will) be doing in that moment when you’re not smoking. Be familiar with your triggers and start to mentally prepare a plan of attack as to how and what you’re going to do instead from that day onwards. At least a week or two before your quit day start to use a clear glass jar, at least 1ltr in size for your ash tray and butts. Start to collect them all and slowly top it up with water. Take a look at it often as it builds. This can be used after your quit day as well. Any time you THINK you want a cigarette, just look at this jar or take a smell of it and this should kill your urge pretty quickly. Realise that studies have shown it takes 21 days to break a habit so make this your hump day and give yourself a chance to adapt to a new routine.
Step 4: The day you decide to quit your body is going to be going through a detox process and some may feel this process a little more than others. The good news is that it only takes 3 to 5 days for every chemical in a cigarette to leave your body. There are 2 simple things you can do to support your body during this process and that is having plenty of natural sugars and drink plenty of water. Why natural sugars? Because what a lot of people don’t know about cigarettes is that there is a LOT of sugar in cigarettes! Yep, that’s right, 8 to 18% of one cigarette is sugar. Surprised? Most people are when they hear that. You see when they harvest tobacco from the fields to get rid of the foul, horrible, disgusting, bitter taste of raw tobacco they soak the leaves in large vats of sugar water where all kinds of flavouring and additives called ‘casings’ are then added to the tobacco.
It’s for this reason that smokers stick to their ‘smooth’ brand because they get used to the distinct flavour. There’s even sugar in the paper that it’s wrapped in. So what does this mean? It means that when you stop smoking all of a sudden your blood sugar levels are going to drop and then you’ll experience the same things that diabetics experience when they have a blood sugar drop. This includes headaches, moodiness, irritability, slight hand shaking, all the things that the drug companies call ‘nicotine withdraws’. The simple solution is to have natural sugars which include fruit juice, fruit and honey. Try to avoid artificial sweets like soft drinks, energy drinks, lollies, chocolates, desserts and sweets. These give you a sugar rush and then a sugar crash, just like kids experience when they have that stuff.
The water is obviously important because our bodies are 75% water but the chemicals in cigarettes prevent your cells from absorbing water. It’s for this reason that smoking has the aging effect on skin because your cells are literally starved of water. It’s also what people are noticing when they might say that you look great after quitting. What they are observing is more water in your eyes and skin. Drinking plenty of water will help your detox process happen a lot faster and will help with circulation and as your circulation improves so will every other system and organ in your body. It also prevents most headaches. I suggest drinking at least 2 litres a day long term and the natural sugar intake for about 2 weeks.
Step 5: Be mindful and have a plan to prepare yourself for your old triggers ESPECIALLY the two most common reasons why people relapse: stress and alcohol! Don’t let these scenarios trick you. Start by researching stress management techniques. There are plenty of simple processes one can learn to cope with small and major life stressors. Deep breathing techniques are fast, simple yet effective. Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT is also a fast and simple process which I regularly use and teach my clients. Its roots are in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and It works with the body’s meridian lines where the life force or ‘chi’ is said to flow through. Stress is said to be a sign that these channels are blocked and releasing them through either acupuncture, acupressure massage or even just tapping, as in EFT, it can stimulate the flow of the energy, release the block and bring the body back to its natural state of wellbeing in body mind and spirit. Or you can try exercise, yoga, meditation, reading, walking, hot baths etc. Anything that helps you to unwind and detach is going to help.
After your quit day if you are ever feeling stressed and think you want a cigarette (which is a stimulant) just ask yourself what the FEELING is that you REALLY want. After all, it’s never the cigarette you want, but the feeling you THINK it will give you. Once you have pinpointed the feeling, such as ‘relaxation’ for instance, then just think about all the other ways you could get that feeling. You might think a cigarette is a way to get there, but it’s a way you’ll regret and you know it!
Beware of alcohol and its ability to reduce your decision making ability which can easily lead to thinking like: ‘well, maybe just a puff, one won’t hurt, I’ve gone ages, I deserve it’ etc. You might feel you need to go without a drink for the first week or two. Or use your reasons for quitting list, read it on your way to your party or night out so you can reinforce to yourself the reasons you made the decision to quit.
Step 6: Use your own subconscious mind to become a non-smoker. One easy way to do this is to make use of two naturally occurring hypnotic states during your day. This is the moment just before you fall asleep at night and just when you’ve woken up in the morning. It may not be a long time, but you only need a couple of minutes during that half-awake/half-asleep state to send powerful imagery to your unconscious mind. During this state visualise yourself looking at a movie screen and seeing yourself right in the middle of a moment in your day that use to be a trigger but as a NON-SMOKER. Make the picture bright, sharp, vivid, focussed, colourful, hear the sounds you would hear, feel the feelings of being a confident non-smoker in that moment. Shrink the image to the size of a postcard; imagine holding it in front of you, still seeing yourself in the image. Then imagine floating out above a timeline to some unspecified time in the future where you’re going to drop the postcard as it slots into your future timeline. Then imagine floating back to now. Once you know the process it only takes 3 minutes to do.
BONUS Step: Get help from an expert! If all else fails, get in touch with an expert on quitting who not only understands the mindset needed to quit, but is also equipped to work with you on a subconscious level to help disconnect the deeper connections to the smoking habit. Although I know what I have shared can help you quit, if you come across the right tool which address the smoking problem at its CAUSE, it can feel like such an easier battle to win.
I offer one-on-one consultations with people all over the world via Skype. If you want to know more about my program just CLICK HERE
To your health,
Stop Smoking Expert
Have you seen other 'Quit Cigarettes in 60 Minutes Specialists promising you a 95.6% Chance that you will become a non-smoker for the rest of your life after Just ONE SESSION?
Well, I've met and I know many of these so called Specialists and I also know where most of them got their training. I know this because I did the same course until my conscience kicked in. That's when I decided to become an actual BOARD CERTIFIED HYPNOTHERAPIST.
I know I'm running the risk of being hounded by those Specialists out there for spilling the beans here, but I just donât care about them, I care about the integrity of Hypnotherapy. The fact is that thanks to stage shows, the movies and TV, there are enough people out there with misconceptions about hypnosis already without 'Specialists' out there adding to the mix.
But more importantly than all that, I care about you GETTING THE FACTS and getting a superior professional service from a real Hypnotherapist who understands that quitting cigarettes, something you've probably been doing for many years, isn't just about coming in, filling out some forms, having a small chat, doing 20 minutes of hypnosis, walking out the door after 1hr with nothing but a Red card with the 'specialists' number on it while they say call me if you need me.
What I have just described above is EXACTLY what many 'Quit Cigarettes in 60 Minutes Specialists' are doing.
How do I know this? Because that's what I was trained to do when I did that course.
When I asked why we were being specifically told NOT to follow up with our clients, you know what they told me?
'You're a specialist and specialists don't follow up with their clients'.
Even though that might be true, that made me wonder about another thing which lead to my next question to them which was:
'How can you expect us to truthfully promote a 95.6% Success Rate' if you are telling us NOT to following up? Where did this figure come from?
And that's where the um's, ah's, bullet dodging, smoke and mirror answers started.
I hope you can get a sense of how serious I am here.
The fact is that many Quit Cigarettes in 60 Minute Specialist ARE NOT CERTIFIED HYPNOTHERAPISTS. They are simply using the technology and power of Hypnosis to help you quit.
Now this might not matter to you. After all, hypnosis can be such a powerful tool that if you learn how to use it you could most definitely help anyone quit smoking.
But the way I see it is if you're going to pay someone HUNDREDS of dollars to quit smoking, wouldn't you rather see an Actual Certified Specialist Hypnotherapist?
The choice is yours. I just want to give you the FACTS!
I'm not telling you all this as some sort of scare tactic to get you to come and see me. I'm telling you this to help prevent you from falling for some clever marketing, paying hundreds of dollars only to get a substandard experience which will then taint your entire opinion of Hypnotherapy, and that would be disappointing.
Here are some tips to prevent this from happening to you:
- Be sure to ask your therapist what their qualifications are.
- Find out if they are a certified Hypnotherapist.
- Ask them how many years they have been in business and how many clients they have seen.
- Ask them specifically HOW they have calculated their success rate.
- Ask them about the pre and post session support structures they have in place to help ensure you REMAIN a non-smoker.
- Ask about their follow up process.
- Ask about any 'fine print', hidden terms and conditions that would make your back up session null and void.
These are all questions that I personally welcome with open arms because of my confidence in who I am, what I do and the results I get for my clients.
The QuitWithNick Guarantee
As you can probably tell by now, I'm pretty committed to helping you get a positive result. Achieving this result requires 4 specific elements to be in place.
1) You have to be committed to becoming a non-smoker.
2) A method, technique and system that eliminates the urge for a cigarette and actually makes you FEEL significantly different, in control and confident to make the decision not to smoke..
3) Committing to the decision NOT to smoke if youâre experiencing element number 2.
4) A comprehensive pre and post session support structure to help prevent relapse.
The QuitWithNick Program incorporates and addresses ALL of the above elements.
Different smokers will have different definitions of âSuccessâ when it comes to quitting cigarettes. Here's how I define it;
Since smoking cigarettes is more of a HABIT than a drug addiction to nicotine (proven by the fact that patches donât work every single time) and since studies have shown it takes 3 weeks to break a habit, then if you have gone 3 weeks or more without a cigarette
YOU HAVE SUCCESSFULLY QUIT CIGARETTES!
Your long term success is then up to you and your commitment to remain a non-smoker when you inevitably come face to face with a situation you could use as an excuse to smoke (usually stress or alcohol).
My Lifetime Guarantee means that if you ever start smoking again any time in the future, no matter when that is, you have one back up session to knock it on the head for good. Obviously no therapist, including me, can guarantee that you'll never decide to smoke again, but I can guarantee that I'll see you again no questions asked.
My Success Rate
How do I know my success rate is 94.7%? Because I follow up with every single one of my clients by call, email and personal text message.
That's right, ALL QuitWithNick clients are contacted firstly within 7-10 days after your session and then again at around the 3 week mark. I'm going to do the exact opposite to what all 'Quit Cigarettes in 60 Minute Specialists' are trained to do, which is to never contact you again.
I know my success rate because out of the 1000+ clients I have seen since 2008, 94.7% have personally told me 3 weeks after their session that they feel a SIGNIFICANT DEGREE of confidence to remain a non-smoker for life.
And for the 26.9% of clients who have used their second session, over 95% of these people freely admitted that what brought them back to cigarettes wasn't an urge or craving, but a decision to smoke.
The QuitWithNick post session support system has been created (and is continually being added to and refined) to empower you to continue to make the right decision no matter what old triggers and excuses you may come across in your lifetime.
This includes ALL clients automatically becoming part of my personal community as well as my 'Members Only' Facebook online support group so we can easily stay in touch for years to come.
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To your health,
There have been numerous scientific studies that have revealed how powerful your personal 'story telling' can be with regards to achieving a desired outcome or result, whether itâs spontaneous recovery from a life threatening illness OR quitting cigarettes.
Most smokers would agree that once you have made the decision to stop smoking cigarettes, the next biggest thing that you need to quit is the right mindset. I believe it's the single biggest factor that will determine your success at quitting.
Now there are many things one could take into consideration when you think about all the elements that make up âthe right mindsetâ. One of THE biggest is the story that you have about smoking AND the story you have about quitting.
I have helped almost 1000 clients stop smoking cigarettes with hypnosis and what I found with almost every single one of them was that they had a story about quitting, about their past experience when it came to quitting and about what they THINK they will be experiencing when they walk out my office.
Once they have finishedtelling their VERY well justified story about their past experience with quitting, I then start my pre-hypnosis talk by sharing a bunch of information about smoking, quitting and how to remain a non-smoker. One of the most important things I discuss is the importance of developing the space where one can consider the possibility of a new story about quitting. This is a very powerful tool in creating the right mindset for quitting.
The bottom line is that the less we are attached to a story about the way we think things are, the easier it will be to entertain a new idea about other possibilities, and this is so important when it comes to quitting cigarettes.
Itâs a very normal thing for me to hear smokers share their stories about quitting, and they usually go something like this: âItâs not easy to quit, Iâve tried everything and nothing seems to work for me, I just donât have the will power to quit, maybe Iâm just meant to be a smoker for the rest of my life, Itâs so hard to quit because Iâm addicted to nicotine, my body just needs that nicotine, everyone around me smokes how could I possibly quit?â etc etc.
Like I said above, these are justified stories that I often hear, but itâs important to be aware that they are exactly that â a story. And the more that we get attached to the stories we have about become a non-smoker and quitting cigarettes, the more we will simply create that reality for ourselves. Itâs also easy to see how this is closely related to the fact that as people we like to be right about things, our views and perceptions. So if we have a story that quitting is going to be hard and that nothing will work, in a way weâll just create this scenario for ourselves so we can justifiably say to the world â âsee, I told you so, I WAS RIGHT!â. The sad thing is that sometimes we would rather be right than experience a new possibility that is truly beneficial for us.
Now just to give you an idea of how powerful the story we tell ourselves can be, Iâd like to share with you a scientific study conducted by Dr Joe Dispenza, an expert in brain bio chemistry. He has spent many years studying patients who have experienced spontaneous remissions from diseases such as cancer, diabetes, rare genetic disorders, cardio vascular conditions, arrhythmia, high BP, high cholesterol levels, emphysema and endocrine disorders. He wanted to know if there was something in common with these people. And he found that there was.
As I describe what he found, just keep in mind what I have already mentioned about the power of the story that one tells themselves.
Firstly, he found that they all accepted that there was an intelligence that was bigger than them, some divine intelligence. But it doesnât have to be this mystical thing. Itâs the same intelligence that is keeping your heart beating right now. Itâs the intelligence that runs all the systems of your body. These people all accepted that if there was something greater than them, that they could perhaps tap into this and it would do the healing for them.
The second thing that they had in common was that they all believed that their thoughts, their way of thinking over a period of time actually contributed to their disease or illness. And they had the realisation that if my thinking has contributed to my disease, maybe I should change the way Iâve been thinking.
There is also scientific evidence to support this. Studies have shown that every time we have a thought, our brain produces a chemical associated with that. If we have elevated, positive thoughts the brain produces chemicals that make us feel happy. In the same way if we have bad, negative insecure thoughts, the brain produces chemicals associated with that thought, state or feeling. These chemicals produced by the brain are literally the food that is feeding the physical body and its cells.
What type of food is your brain feeding to your cells?
So all these patients, once they had established the above set out to start to change the way they thoughts. So they began to interrupt their old process.
They decided that in order to break their thinking process/habit, they had to re-invent themselves. They had to become somebody else. And when they began to think about who they wanted to become, they stopped this biochemical feedback loop and they started to ask themselves some important questions like:
What would it be like to be a happy person?
Who do I know in my life right now thatâs happy?
What would I have to change about myself in order to be a different person?
Who in history do I admire and why?
And what is it about them do I like and how can I mirror this in myself?
They began to contemplate what ifs. They began to tell themselves a NEW STORY! And the brain began to change. This new thinking process began to create new connections in the brain that started to act as a platform for them to be. So they began to gather information in this way.
When these people began to re-invent themselves, they spend long moments where they lost track of time and space. They became so involved in what they were thinking about that when they realised how much time had gone by it was always MUCH more than they had thought. What felt like 10 or 15 minutes, was really an hour, hour and a half to two hours. They lost track of the feedback the brain is always having with regards to its environment.
Now if this process of creating a new story is able to help people spontaneously recover from life threatening illness and disease, I wonder if there is something in this for smokers to learn from?
What this remarkable study is showing is that if we are willing to look within and reinvent ourselves and tell ourselves something new about what it is that we say we want to achieve? Then we pave the way for amazing things to happen.
Nick TerroneSpecialist Hypnotherapist
1300 883 272