One of the most traditional New Years resolutions is to stop smoking. With more and more countries and states introducing smoking bans in public places, stopping smoking is becoming a very serious thought for many people.
Stopping smoking though, is not as easy as just putting the packet down, at least not for most people. It takes willpower, support, and a real desire to quit that habit.
Before you decide to stop smoking for the New Year, ask yourself why you want to stop smoking. Do you want to stop smoking because of the cost? Because of your health? Because of how it affects the people around you?
Who do you want to stop smoking for? Do you want to stop smoking because your wife / husband / girlfriend / boyfriend wants you to? Or do you want to stop smoking for yourself, because you want to.
If you are serious about stopping smoking then you must be stopping for yourself and for no one else. If you are stopping for someone else, then you don’t really want to stop and are much more likely to start the habit again.
Ask yourself why you are stopping and, if necessary, write it done so you can see it in black and white.
Once you have made the decision to stop, the next step is to actually stop. There are a lot of options available to you and the way you do it will depend entirely on you. Different ways work for different people.
One method of stopping is to gradually cut down your smoking each day until you eventually stop. If you choose this way, then make sure you have a plan for how much you will reduce your smoking each week and a target date for stopping.
Another method is to go cold turkey. Smoke your last cigarette and then throw everything to do with them away and enjoy your new life as a non smoker. This way often requires much more willpower and will work very well for some people.
Either of these methods can be supported with nicotine supplements such as patches or gum, if you feel it is best for you.
Probably the best way of stopping smoking is to visit a hypnotist who will help you stop smoking. In the hypnosis session the hypnotist will work with your sub-conscious to help you become a non smoker. Hypnosis has a very high degree of success, and the best way to find a qualified hypnotist is to get recommendations from friends or to contact your national hypnosis guild.
Not everyone wants to attend a one to one hypnosis session, but you can still benefit from hypnosis through a hypnosis CD or MP3 program. These are very similar to the one on one sessions, but are recorded onto CD for you to listen to whenever you want.
A stop smoking hypnosis CD is a very affordable and powerful way for you to stop smoking easily. There are a lot on the market, and cheapest is not always the best. Make sure you listen to samples and that you like the voice on the program.
You can also get a subliminal stop smoking hypnosis program, which you can listen to almost anywhere. In these programs you will listen to some relaxing music whilst your sub-conscious is listening to the embedded hypnotic messages which are helping you to become a non smoker.
Whatever your choice of methods for stopping smoking, the New Year is an excellent time to quit the habit and enjoy a new healthy life as a non smoker.
By Jason E Johns DHyp, CMH, CPNLP
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