How To Quit Smoking With Hypnosis

When you make an appointment for hypnosis to stop smoking, you have taken an important first step on the road to breaking free of your nicotine addiction. You are on your way to success, but there are other things you can do for yourself to make the road smoother, and make your effort more effective.

Here are five things you can do right off:

First, look at the reasons you want to stop smoking. Forget why you should stop. For most of us, the minute we think should, our inner rebel says, “Don’t tell me what I should do, mate.”

What matters isn’t why you should quit; you’ve known all that for years. What matters is, why do you want to quit? Whether you only have one reason or a dozen—“My breath stinks,” or “My fingers look like licorice sticks,” or, “I don’t want to die,” make a list of them.

Next, write those reasons down, or print them out. Make a few copies of that list. Tape a copy of that list to your bathroom mirror. Put another on the inside of your front door. If you work in an office, put a copy in your desk drawer. If you have a mirror in your bedroom, tape one there. Put copies anywhere you are likely to see them frequently.

Now, every time your eyes come across one of those lists, stop in your tracks, look at the list, and read it. Read it slowly, and out loud, and, like they tell actors, with feeling.

Next, tell everybody you are quitting. Tell your friends, your family, your coworkers. And don’t just tell them once. Brag a little. This will actually make it harder for you to start again.

Now, give your home a thorough cleaning. If you have ashtrays, toss them out. Take all your smelly clothes to the cleaners. Some may be so smoke-polluted that they will still smell afterwards. In that case, throw them in the trash, no matter how much that pains you. Do the same with rugs and curtains if need be. It will cost some money, but then how much have you been spending on cigarettes?

Finally, identify your smoking triggers. These are behaviors and situations that have always gone with smoking in your life—having a beer, playing poker, drinking a cup of coffee. As your trance skills grow stronger, you will be able to use self-hypnosis in these situations, but for now just avoid these things whenever you can.

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