Are you tired of relapsing? Here are some self-help tips for smokers. People who have a long history of smoking develop a habit. A cigarette is not just an addiction it’s a habit. For example, if you have been drinking coffee every morning. Your body associates coffee with morning and vice versa. If you miss your morning coffee one day, you’ll feel anxious or just grumpy. Likewise, if you have been lighting up the toxic stick every day for the past few years. It’s very likely that when you opt-out or quit smoking. Your body will crave for it.
We are not just talking about any other food habit like coffee and tea. Cigarette contains nicotine which is addictive. Before jumping on to self-help tips for smokers. Let’s understand how nicotine affects your body.
Nicotine present in cigarettes gets absorbed in blood easily. It triggers many neurotransmitters and due to one reaction, it releases dopamine or known as the happy hormone. Many people who smoke cigarettes have been told that they smoke as it helps them to relax or they prefer smoking during a stressful situation. The happy hormone is just like a reward system for your body.
Along with the happy hormone which relaxes you, it also releases several toxic chemicals which can cause cancer and several disorders. Hence when you stop smoking your energy level goes down. It’s not directly because of cigarettes. It’s just the lack of Happy hormones in your blood. The good part is, dopamine can get released by doing various activities such as playing sports and eating your favorite dessert.
Let’s move on towards tips for smokers.
Tips for Smokers
You can start making small changes in your lifestyle. Whether you stop smoking naturally or use medication positive thoughts are a must. Thinking positive might not be very natural to all of us. The deprivation of dopamine can lower your energy and trigger your negativity. You might have tried to quit smoking before but relapsed. Don’t let that put you off.
Read motivational books, watch movies that inspire you. This will distract your mind and boost your confidence.
Hypnosis is one of the best methods with no to minimal side effects to Quit Smoking. If you have been trying to quit but fail to completely eradicate cigarettes from your life then must try hypnotherapy. A report generated by research gate suggests 81% of the people who finished their hypnotherapy stopped smoking after the session. It’s one of the natural methods of cigarette cessation.
Make a Plan to Stop Smoking naturally
If you want to stop smoking naturally then you must make a plan. What method you are going to follow to achieve your goals? Are you going for cold turkey, gradual withdrawal, or quitting smoking Hypnosis?
Break your goal into small bits and set dates. Check the progress every time you reach a milestone. Whenever you feel the craving replace it with some other activity that can give you a boost of dopamine. For example, eating your favorite meal, playing sports, watching a gripping Netflix series, or going for a run. You can also eat a brick of chocolate or sugar to reduce the craving.
List down the things which you can do to engage your mind and body during your quit smoking.
Focus on your Diet
At what time of the day do you usually smoke? Is it after dinner, lunch, or early morning? Plan your diet and avoid food that can increase your craving. Coffee and meat can make cigarettes more satisfying. Avoid alcohol, if you have a habit of smoking after drinking.
Food like cheese, fruits, and vegetables can make cigarettes taste terrible. Notice which area or time is associated with your smoking. Try to avoid those places and food.
Change your drink
Fizzy carbonated drinks, alcohol, tea, and coffee all make cigarettes taste better. So when you’re out, drink more water and juice. Some people find simply changing their drink (for example, switching from wine to vodka and tomato juice) affects their need to reach for a cigarette.
Identify when you crave cigarettes
A craving can last from 2-5 minutes. Make strategies on you can tap out of craving. The initial 5 minutes are very crucial. For example, if you are at home, you can start cleaning the room, start listening to music, cleaning dishes, or calling a friend. If you are out you can take a quick jog or go to a place where smoking is prohibited.
Make non-smoking friends
When you’re at a party, stick with the non-smokers. If you engage with people who smoke there are chances that you might feel like relapsing. At least try to avoid people who smoke around you or inform them that you are on a journey of quitting.
Telling your family and friends about your goal can make you feel more accountable
A good physical workout whether it is a walk or 1-hour gym session can help your body to release happy hormones. The hormone is induced by nicotine. This will give you a sensation of achieving something and relaxes your mind and body.
Keep your hands and mouth busy
Nicotine replacement therapy can help you quit smoking and make your quitting journey a bit easy. But we would suggest you not stay dependent on that. You can try sugar-free gums or a healthy snack. Keep your hands busy either with a glass of water, fruit, or a pen.
Some people also hold cinnamon sticks as it gives them a sensation of holding a cigarette.
Make a list of reasons to quit
Why do you want to quit? List it down and paste it on your work desk, mirror, or on the side table. Read the list at least twice a day and remind yourself why you started.
Join Quit Smoking Group
Join Facebook groups or follow pages where you can find more people who share the same goal. You can get inspirational stories, tips, and a daily dose of motivation.
If friends or family members want to give up, too, suggest to them that you give up together.
You can also try Quit smoking Hypnosis. A natural way to quit smoking where a specialized hypnotherapist will help you to achieve your goals and analyze what are your trigger points.
Quit Smoking Hypnotherapist in Brisbane | Maureen Hamilton
Maureen Hamilton is a published author, speaker; hypnotherapist and assists people to remove bad habits such as smoking and eating. Maureen’s practice has evolved to assist people with anxiety, depression, panic attacks, trauma, addictions and so much more, utilizing her exceptional skills as a Hypnotherapist, Time Line Therapy, and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Master Practitioner. The Richards Trauma Process (TRTP) is an exceptional process allowing people with anxiety, depression, PTSD, and other emotional issues to achieve calm and peaceful lives.
Maureen Hamilton – Hypnotherapist
Take action and call Maureen Hamilton today and make that commitment to quit smoking. There are so many benefits to quitting:-
- Your health will improve
- Your loved ones will be so grateful
- If you have life insurance then the premium or the loading will be removed
- You will have more money in the bank to do the things you love
As well as the above benefits you will also have a Lifetime Guarantee. So if you ever smoke again, come back for another session and there will be no charge.
These are just a few of the benefits. So call now on 1300 619 684 and have a chat with Nicole as she loves organizing appointments to see Maureen. Become a nonsmoker in just one easy session.
Alternatively, you can book an appointment online.