Quitting Smoking is Easy

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“Quitting smoking is easy – I’ve done it thousands of times” – Mark Twain

In the UK the powers that be have decided to run a campaign to help people to stop smoking. They call it Stoptober.

As a Hypnotherapist I have helped lots of people become smoke free – and that’s how I like to refer to it – becoming smoke free. When you stop or give up something, there is a feeling of loss. When you are free from something, there is a feeling of relief.

I became smoke free after smoking for 17 years.

I had tried to stop smoking before that, but had always failed. I tried nicotine replacement with gums, and patches and even electronic vapes, but I always felt like it was a poor substitute for an actual cigarette.

You know why? – because it was.

I was still feeding my body with this pernicious drug, but not in the way it wanted it. By drip feeding it nicotine, I was keeping it hooked, but never satisfying it.

I used to think ‘If I could just have a cigarette I would feel so much better because I would get rid of the cravings’.

This was wrong – having a cigarette, or any kind of nicotine, is the only way to keep the cravings in place. You’re never getting rid of them, you’re just postponing them for a bit.

The only way to get rid of cravings is to not have any of the drug.

When I went cold turkey – no nicotine at all – it took 2 days for the drug to leave my system. I had done some work with hypnosis and so this was fairly easy to deal with. It was no worse than feeling a bit hungry. Honestly – that was as bad as it got. Then, 2 short days later, I was free.

Forever.

I cannot explain how good that makes me feel. Not only do I feel like I’ve conquered something that had tripped me up for years, but I also feel like I’ve taken control of a part of my life that I had felt was lost to me. I feel more positive about my health, I have more money and I no longer stink the place out!

I’m not here to tell you to quit smoking – only you can decide when it’s the right time for you.

I just want you to know that it’s going to be a lot easier than you think – especially if you get the right help.

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2 responses to “Quitting Smoking is Easy

  1. Hello,
    I like what you wrote about feeling loss vs feeling free, so true. I enjoy your posts and your site, thanks for following my site so I could find yours. Congratz on being smoke free after 17 years, that’s a huge accomplishment. Have a great week 🙂 -the peridot pixie

  2. I became smoke-free over 40 years ago, and I’m so glad. I had smoked for 15 years.

    I had started in junior high school (8th grade) and continued through high school, college, and military service. In fact I was kicked off the wrestling team (which I loved) when my coach spotted me smoking downtown.

    I tried switching to a pipe but that didn’t work because it was too involved with the loose tobacco, tamper, lighter, and pipe.

    Then I managed to quit for almost a year until we had our first child and I started again (stress, I guess).

    Finally, I was hospitalized to remove 4 severely impacted wisdom teeth and couldn’t smoke there and just decided to quit after I recovered.

    I haven’t smoked since! Now I need to figure how to deal with this new blogging habit, which seems to be getting addictive too.

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