“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.
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.