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Trying To Quit Smoking?

Quit SmokingTrying to Quit Smoking? Finding it difficult?

Here are some tips which should help you to quit easily and effectively.

I, personally, quit smoking using hypnotherapy years ago and it worked wonders for me. I’ve been smoke free now for the last 15 years and, believe me, it was very little effort at all.

Since that time, I have qualified as a hypnotherapist myself and have helped to dozens of people to quit the habit.

Here are a few things that you may find useful:-

Find a reason to quit. It may be that you want to be able to be a better athlete, run a marathon or just be able to play energetically with your kids. Focus on the reason you want to quit and not on the fact that you are not having a cigarette.

Find a substitute. Whether it is drinking a glass of water or chewing gum, replacing the habit of reaching for a cigarette with something else will help you to get over the conditioned response.

Take Vitamin B12 daily. Your first couple of weeks are usually the most difficult and can create mood swings and bad tempers. Vitamin B12 helps to calm the nerves and can help you through this difficult patch.

Take a concentrated Vitamin C pill. When you first quit smoking, it can play havoc with your immune system leaving you open to colds and viruses. Taking a daily Vitamin C pill for the first couple of weeks can help to build up your immune system and help to defend against these illneses.

Drink grapefruit juice. If you really do get a heavy craving for a cigarette, try drinking a glass of grapefruit juice before lighting up. The taste of the grapefruit juice will make any immediate cigarette you smoke taste foul.

Having heavy cravings? Try this TFT technique to help you to reduce them. It may seem a bit silly, but the techniques are used to employ the left and right side of your brain in order to reset the settings of your anxiety.

1. Rate your craving on a scale of 1 to 10. 1 being the weakest and 10 being the strongest.

2. Whilst concentrating on the craving start to tap gently under your eye with two fingers ten times.

3. Still concentrating on your craving, tap on your collarbone ten times

4. Now tap under your eye ten times.

5. Now tap on the side of your hand (the karate chop point) ten times

6. Now start to tap on the back of your hand between the pinkie and third finger.

7. Still tapping this point, hum or whistle “Happy Birthday”

8. Still tapping this point count from 1 to 5.

9. Still tapping this point, hum or whistle “Happy Birthday” again.

10. Still tapping this point look down and to the right. Then look down and to the left.

11. Still tapping this point, roll your eyes around in a big circle as if looking around a giant clockface.

12. Still tapping this point, close your eyes, and then open your eyes.

Ok, now rate your craving from 1 to 10 again. You should find that your craving has been reduced. If you want to reduce it some more, try repeating the technique again.

All the above techniques should help to make quitting easier. If you would like an extra boost, there is a Stop Smoking Now Hypnotherapy CD available from my site at:- www.marcusblake.co.uk/mindmastery.htm

6 Responses to “Trying To Quit Smoking?”

  1. Gala Says:

    Do you mean EFT (rather than TFT)? ;> EFT changed my life… props for mentioning it here!

  2. Wally Says:

    The only vitamin C that is effective in quitting smoking, or even continuing smoking is a sustained release form. Not much internet activity will show that around 90% of a normal C supplement will be excreted in the next urination.

  3. Quit Smoking Says:

    It seems that everyone has their own idea of the best ways to quit smoking. Yours have been better than most. :) Thanks for the article.

  4. rob Says:

    I tried for years to give up smoking but kept going back to it. Then my mate rec’d a self hypnosis thing. It has worked for me and was only the same price as a packet of cigarrettes!! The guy that told me about said to try http://www.leadingminds.biz so I am recommending the same thing:)

  5. Mark Roberts D.Hyp. Says:

    Thank you for your comments. I am glad that you are finding them helpful.

    Just a quick note to answer a couple of points raised.

    Gala: TFT was the fore runner to EFT. Thought Field Therapy was created by Roger Callaghan in the USA and Emotional Freedom Therapy is a simplied but effective version of it.

    Wally: Thanks for correcting me and adding your thoughts. I did mean the sustained release vitamin C and will update future articles to reflect this.

    Please keep adding your thoughts. It’s nice to know that people are finding the article helpful.

    If you would like forther information, my new webite can be found at http://www.markrobertshypnosis.co.uk

  6. Paul Says:

    If you want to give up try electonic cigarettes, cigstar.co.uk
    Speak to Marcus