You’ve decided to Quit
Making that decision to quit smoking is easy. When I smoked, I used to make that decision nearly every morning I woke up with the desire for a smoke, even though I knew it was killing me, but knowing that didn’t help. That’s what an addiction is, a compulsion to do something that we know is not good for us. When we want to quit, it’s the following through that’s hard, but with a little help, good advice, effective treatment and a determination to stop – it is possible.
Preparation Steps to Quitting.
Once you have decided to stop smoking, you are ready to set a Quit Date. Pick a day that is not too far in the future (so that you do not change your mind), but which gives you enough time to prepare.
Choose your quit date and prepare to stop smoking altogether on that day.
This is the most important step. Your quit day is strengthened when it is a special day preferably one that’s important to you. For example: your birthday, a family members birthday or anniversary (births, marriages or deaths). An anniversary of the day connected with your work, your lucky number – you know the kind of day that has significance in your life.
Find Your Reason
Motivation is essential at this stage, you need a powerful, personal reason to quit. It may be to protect your family from secondhand smoke. Or lower your chance of getting lung cancer, heart disease, or other conditions. Or to look and feel younger. Choose a reason that is strong enough to outweigh the urge to light up.
Prepare before You Go ‘Cold Turkey’
There’s more to it than just tossing your cigarettes out. Smoking is an addiction. The brain is dependent on nicotine. Without it, you’ll go through withdrawal. Line up support in advance. Ask for help, find out about all the methods that will help, such as acupuncture, ear seed therapy (non needles), hypnosis, counseling, Nicotine Replacement Therapy, medication. You’ll be ready for the day you choose to quit.
Lean on your Loved Ones
Tell your friends, family, and other people that you’re close to trying to quit. They can encourage you to keep going, especially when you’re tempted to light up. You can also join a support group or talk to a counselor. Behavioral therapy is a type of counseling that helps you identify and stick to quit-smoking strategies. Even a few sessions may help.
Give yourself a Break
One reason people smoke is that the nicotine helps them relax. Once you quit, you’ll need new ways to unwind. There are many options. You can exercise to blow off steam, tune in to your favorite music, connect with friends, treat yourself to a massage, or make time for a hobby. Try to avoid stressful situations during the first few weeks after you stop smoking.
Avoid Alcohol and other Triggers
When you drink, it’s harder to stick to your no-smoking goal. So try to limit alcohol when you first quit. Likewise, if you often smoke when you drink coffee, switch to tea for a few weeks. If you usually smoke after meals, find something else to do instead, like brushing your teeth, taking a walk, texting a friend, or chewing gum.
Once you’ve smoked your last cigarette, toss all of your ashtrays and lighters. Wash any clothes that smell like smoke, and clean your carpets, draperies, and upholstery. Use air fresheners to get rid of that familiar scent. Open the windows. If you smoked in your car, clean it out, too. You don’t want to see or smell anything that reminds you of smoking.
Try and Try Again
Many people try several times before giving up cigarettes for good. If you light up, don’t get discouraged. Instead, think about what led to your relapse, such as your emotions or the setting you were in. Use it as an opportunity to step up your commitment to quitting. Once you’ve made the decision to try again, set a “quit date” within the next month.
Being active can curb nicotine cravings and ease some withdrawal symptoms. When you want to reach for a cigarette, put on your inline skates or jogging shoes instead. Even mild exercise helps, such as walking your dog or pulling weeds in the garden. The calories you burn will also ward off weight gain as you quit smoking.
Eat Fruits and Veggies
Don’t try to diet while you give up cigarettes. Too much deprivation can easily backfire. Instead, keep things simple and try to eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein. These are good for your whole body.
Choose Your Reward
In addition to all the health benefits, one of the perks of giving up cigarettes is all the money you will save. There are online calculators that figure out how much richer you will be. Reward yourself by spending part of it on something fun.
Remember That Time Is on Your Side
As soon as you quit, you start to get immediate health benefits. After only 20 minutes, your heart rate goes back to normal. Within a day, your blood’s carbon monoxide level also falls back into place. In just 2-3 weeks, you will start to lower your odds of having a heart attack. In the long run, you will also lower your chance of getting lung cancer and other cancers.
Cleanse your Lungs
Cleanse Your Lungs with this excellent tea, that is easy to prepare and easy to find ingredients.
A little Meditation
You can also try this 8 minute “intentions” meditation which is designed to encourage us to relax deeply in order to ask the question: “What do I want to achieve from my meditation”. Most times when we ask such questions when we are relaxed, we receive answers that are much more in tune with our inner wisdom.
Smiling Body Smoking Cessation Programme.
Our Quit Smoking Programme is a comprehensive programme that includes 3 powerful therapies.
Hypnosis: is a focused state of awareness that can happen to anyone who allows it. It allows for communication of ideas directly with your mind, bypassing self talk or critical faculty. (The part of the brain that overthinks basic things and complicates the issue). During our treatment stage you will have hypnosis that creates states in which you strongly dislike smoking and the thought of smoking actually makes you uncomfortable. This step is one of the most crucial in introducing change. During this step your mind will make the decision that it has had enough and will stop. A very profound decision and one that gets results.
Acupuncture or Ear Seed Therapy are both very powerful systems that have been used in China for thousands of years. The session lasts 30 minutes and provides a powerful strengthening treatment helping your ability to deal with your smoking habit and kick starts the body’s own natural healing process.
After Care: you will also receive a hypnosis recording that you can listen to each day to strengthen your resolve and help with the odd craving that can be experienced during the initial stages of quitting.
The cost of the Quit Smoking Programme is €120 and covers 3 visits to our clinic for treatments. These visits are every 2 to 3 days.
Next step: Decide on your Quit Day and Call us……