Think about why, how and when…
The fact that you’ve navigate to this blog, is because you have been thinking of quitting, or you’re sitting on the fence, a little short of terrified that you will have to white knuckle this or that worst of all, you will fail AGAIN. Like all those times before or worse relapse!
You are also probably here because the words “step by step” or “painlessly” got you wondering…“Hmm hypnosis … that should make it easier”…
Have your ex-smoker friends told you things like:
“It’s all or nothing, you can’t half ass this! … Steel your mind to do it and then, Do It …BAM!:
Do your Non smoker friends say…
“It won’t be easy but just get through those first few days and then you will be fine.”
NOT TRUE! AT LEAST IT DOES NOT have to be True for YOU!
The fab news about smoking is that it doesn’t matter how much you’ve smoked, or how long you have smoked. Your body is way more forgiving then you are.
If you start now, your body will begin to repair itself bit by bit and will take care of you, even after years treating it like you were made of steel.
So let’s really understand this. WHY is it thought to be, so hard to quit?
The withdrawal symptoms have us terrified and rightly so!
It can be pretty ugly, when you get that crazy, uncontrollable, “I’m gonna jump out of my skin feeling”.
Withdrawing all nicotine from your system, all of a sudden one bright day, will do that to most of us. And let me tell you WHY? (said the spider to the fly)
What really causes nicotine withdrawal?
When you smoke, the nicotine receptors in your brain are activated. Upon activation, they release a brain chemical called dopamine, which makes you feel good. This, pleasure response to nicotine, causes the addiction. The more you smoke over time, the number of nicotine receptors in your brain multiply. Yes MULTIPLY!
When one day you just stop smoking, those receptors continue to expect nicotine, and when they don’t get it, they, try to ‘deal with it’!
That adjustment process is what causes the cravings and withdrawal. And we look and feel like a wound up rabbit, gone a bit mad!
The fastest way to alleviate the crazy withdrawal symptoms is to smoke that cigarette.
To make matters worse, your mind makes associations and begins to expect nicotine, on a regular basis, when it is signalled or triggered. g. A smoke with coffee, a stressful situation, after a meal, with a glass of wine or beer. The nicotine receptors in your brain anticipate the dopamine rush from nicotine at those times. These situations then become your triggers and remain as a response even after you have stopped or cut down on smoking for several months.
These triggers need to be dealt with at a subconscious level to release the urge and sever the association completely.
The good news is that once you stop smoking entirely, the number of nicotine receptors in your brain will eventually return to normal, but this takes time.
While there are many ways to become smoke free, you will agree, that a natural and wholesome way is best vs. replacing the nicotine and using another chemical or substance to quit the first one.
Hypnosis, works completely naturally on the sub-conscious level and gently disconnects those physical craving from your trigger situations. It also unravels the associations that your mind has made and deals with the emotions that you are craving.
How to Manage Nicotine Withdrawal:
These are some common symptoms of nicotine withdrawal:
Craving the original source of Nicotine, the cigarettes, increased anxiety, irritability, trouble with concentrating, headaches, other cravings: be it food, sugar, cigarettes, action.
All of it has been felt by people who have tried to quit before, perhaps even you.
So Do it Gradually! But Purposefully!
Step 1: Getting ready to withdraw your dependence on nicotine!
Don’t plan to just stop, understand your addictions first. Observe your habits and behaviors. Identify your reasons to give up smoking. Even if you have tried to quit and failed, The more times you try to quit, the greater your chance of success the next time.
Step 2: Decide How and the When!
Decide how you will do this, Cold turkey (bad idea), gradually, replacement therapy, or using your alternative therapies, like with hypnosis and seeing a professional. It is important because it prepares your mind subconsciously.
Pick a date within the next week or month. It doesn’t have to be a special day, especially not a super stressful or busy one.
Step 3: Understand Your High-Risk Times
Smoking is more than just a physical addiction to nicotine. It is also a psychological addiction. Anticipate your high-risk situations and associations like and plan for them. Some examples: With coffee, after a meal, while driving or walking, on the phone, stressful situations, with a drink or with smoking buddies.
Step 4: GET THE HELP!
Purchase the program or make your appointment, take that first step on the method that you decided. There are self help programs that point you in the right direction and give you the tool to implement and others more rounded programs that build it all in. Decide which you will choose and Follow it!
I have created the 4GoFramework, a program that uses the power of hypnosis to reprogram your mind, one step at a time and slowly unwrap you from the grip that nicotine has on your brain and how you respond to it….and because the mind is really the driver, your brain follows and your withdrawal symptoms are negligible, if there are any at all.
This step by step framework is doable, natural and easy. Using Hypnosis protocols to help you to realize how easy it is to 4Go a few sticks a day and then think about the next step of becoming smoke free.