TV hypnotherapist Aaron Calvert explains how hypnosis could help get you in the right mindset, along with tips to keep you on track.
9 January 2020| Last updated on 9 January 2020
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Want 2020 to be the year you finally quit smoking for good?
More than half (56%) of smokers are trying to quit this new year, according to research by the Change Incorporated Quit Cigarettes mission – and more than half (53%) admit they’re feeling anxious or nervous about it.
Stopping smoking isn’t easy. In fact, it can be very challenging – but with the right approach and support, it is possible. So if you’re already struggling or previous attempts to quit have failed, maybe it’s time to try a new approach?
Smokers are up to four times more likely to quit for good if they use a combination of stop smoking treatments and support from a medical professional, rather than attempting to go ‘cold turkey’.
“People who’ve made the decision to quit smoking cigarettes should feel incredibly proud of themselves, and the first thing for them to realise is that they’re not alone,” says Calvert. “There are loads of people all around the world planning quit attempts right now, and I hope the tips and tricks I share make it as easy as possible for people to get through those first seven days as non-smokers.”
Here, Calvert explains how to use self-hypnosis to stop smoking, along with some other tips to help keep you on track…
1. Quitting through self-hypnosis
“Self-hypnosis can be used to help you achieve positive changes in your life, such as quitting smoking. Find a time and place to do your session – make sure it’s somewhere quiet and that you won’t be disturbed.
“Now you’re in that state of concentration and relaxation, you can give yourself a suggestion, to feel more confident to give up smoking, or you can visualise your reason for quitting vividly so you feel more motivated to achieve your goal. This is you-time, so use it wisely.
“When it’s time to wake yourself up, simply count yourself back up from zero all the way to 10 and you’ll find yourself wide awake, feeling refreshed and re-energised. If for any reason you need to be instantly awake and alert during your session, you will be, and can naturally allow yourself to wake up. That’s it! It’s really that easy to start making positive changes to your life.”
2. Text three friends
“If you’re tempted to smoke, try texting three friends and make yourself wait for their replies before you give in. By the time they’ve all replied, the temptation will have passed.”
4. Have a plan of action
“Having a plan from the outset means you’re more likely to succeed.”
5. Know your reason for quitting
“It’s important to be honest with yourself – why are you quitting? Is it to save money, to improve your health or the health of those around you, or is it simply to help you smell better and look younger? Whatever your reason, find yours, write it down – and stick it everywhere you’d normally smoke, to help remind yourself why you’re making this positive change.”
7. Stay away from triggers
“There will be certain things in your daily routine that you associate with smoking. It might be a morning coffee, meeting with certain friends, or during your break at work. For the first few days, avoid your triggers or mix up your routine.”
8. Try straw therapy
“If you’re tempted to smoke, you can replace a cigarette with a straw. Cut down a household straw and use it as you would a cigarette. So much of smoking is anchored to the hand-to-mouth action, the feeling of something in your hands and taking deep breaths. This ‘straw therapy’ can help psychologically trick your body into scratching that craving itch.”
“Stopping smoking can make you feel more stressed than normal, so make sure you take some extra time out to relax. Whether it’s going for a run, trying some yoga or using self-hypnosis and breathing exercises, it’s important to make sure you stay on top of your game and keep motivated while you’re quitting.”