Overcoming Addiction: How to Quit Smoking

Smoking is one of the most common addictions among people in the United States. It is also one of the most difficult addictions to get rid of.

In fact, relapses and setbacks are quite common. You need a comprehensive plan to quit smoking. Let’s delve deeper into the subject:

Why Quitting Smoking is so difficult

Smoking addiction works on two levels. Physically, nicotine from cigarettes enters your body and produces a temporary ‘high’. Not having this dose of nicotine will mean your body will show physical symptoms of craving. What’s more, some people start smoking as a coping mechanism against stress or depression. If that’s the case, continuing with smoking will seem to be the right choice.

Smoking can also become a habit. For instance, some people smoke after breakfast or on their way back home. It can also be a part of social interaction. For instance, your colleagues at the office smoke and it has always been the way you relate to them.

Here are some things you can do to quit smoking:

Create a Plan

You need a thorough plan to get rid of the dangerous habit. It is very important to understand your smoking habits first.

Are there certain places that make you more likely to smoke? Do you always smoke when you are stressed out? Are you a social smoker?

Asking yourselves these and other such questions will help you understand the kind of smoker you are and create a tailored plan of action.

Avoid Common Triggers

Here are some tips to avoid common smoking triggers:

Alcohol

If you have a habit of smoking when you drink, it is a good idea to switch to a non-alcoholic drink.

Other Smokers

When people around you smoke, you might get a temptation to do that too. It is always a great idea to announce to your smoking friends that you are quitting. They will be careful when you are around.

End of a Meal

Smoking at the end of a meal is quite common. However, instead of smoking, you can have fruit, chocolate or gum.

Hypnosis to Quit Smoking

Hypnosis has proved to be an effective treatment to quit smoking. Communicating directly with the person’s subconscious mind, it helps bring about long-term change.

Here are three main ideas that hypnosis communicates:

  • It poisons the body,
  • The body needs to live and be healthy,
  • And you should make efforts to protect your body.

Rekha Shrivastava, one of the leading hypnosis experts, offers comprehensive smoking cessation through hypnosis. She also helps clients deal with other relevant issues, such as anxiety, stress and depression. Learn more about her services.

 

Sources

https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/index.htm

https://www.helpguide.org/articles/addictions/how-to-quit-smoking.htm 

https://www.webmd.com/smoking-cessation/hypnosis-for-quitting-smoking#1

 

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