Quitting smoking has been an issue for many years now. And there are many reasons to quit smoking. Health, Finances, to be a better role model / partner and many more. Many smokers have now been turning to E-cigarettes thinking they are “less harmful”. The problem is this is very controversial.
Joanna Cohen director of the Institute for Global Tobacco Control at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has been recently quoted as saying “Some people think that [e-cigarettes] are going to be the solution to the problem,” she continues, “Other people are more concerned that either they won’t make a difference or cause harm.”
Others are saying that most of the research reporting that E-cigarettes is less harmful than cigarettes is being reported as “biased” with many of the research articles having financial ties with e-cigarette companies.
So what should a smoker do? Well the answer is difficult when to find when there are so many choices available.
Dr. Adam Arnold from Stop Smoking Sydney gives this advice.
1st Make a decision to be a non-smoker. When people find out that I specialise in helping smokers quit, they will often give me their own tips if they are an ex-smoker. They will normally say something like “I just made up my mind”. There is a lot to this statement. I recognized these people were often doing what I would do in my hypnosis sessions. They were literally re-programming their unconscious mind to not be a smoker anymore.
You see most smokers know all the logical reasons why they should stop smoking.
Health, Family, Finances, Spouse and many more. They all know these logical reasons.
But the key to being a non-smoker is to have the emotional part of the brain also be a non-smoker. This emotional part of the brain is what controls the habits. If you are a smoker and I ask you, which cigarettes do you actually enjoy, the answer is normally at a time when they are relaxing or stressed. Examples of this could be first thing in the morning with a cup of coffee or at the end of the day sitting on their veranda with a glass of wine. These are just a few examples, however the brain you can see the link between emotions (relaxation) and the action of smoking cigarettes.
2nd once you have made this decision, stick with it. Don’t let anything get in your way. If you feel a craving coming on remember, this is your emotional brain speaking to you. So ask yourself these 5 questions:
What am I feeling right now
Where is this feeling in my body.
Where is my breathing (chest or stomach)
How would I like to feel right now?
What is the next step?
You will be amazed at how quickly this can ease a craving. Do this as often as you need. Also use this if you find yourself in a stressful situation.
Finally if you are finding you are struggling with stopping smoking, get some help It is a very worthwhile investment to get some help. Many stop smoking hypnosis programs will even offer a guarantee because it is that successful.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our stop smoking hypnotherapists, ring our office on 1300 769 399.