Do you smoke? Are you concerned about the additional risks around COVID-19 if you smoke? You are not alone.
The reality is that if you’re a smoker you’re more likely to get acute respiratory infections and have a higher risk of those infections becoming severe.
There has never been a better time to stop smoking.
Quitting is hard for so many people, and perhaps even more so at a time of great stress and when many of our routines have been so suddenly disrupted.
If you smoke, perhaps, like most smokers, the mere thought of giving up can fill you with PANIC…?
You have every intention of quitting one day – just not today…
Once this is over and there is less stress in your life, maybe that would be a better time?…
You are still healthy at the moment, one more won’t hurt?…
What if I try to give up and fail?…
Is this YOU?
Most smokers continue to smoke for one reason…
THE ONLY THING THAT PREVENTS US FROM QUITTING IS: FEAR!
- you will have to undergo an unknown period of time suffering feelings of deprivation;
- social occasions will not be quite as enjoyable without a cigarette;
- you won’t be able to concentrate or be as confident without that crutch;
- your identity your personality or your character will change;
- of losing the “helpful friend” that helps you cope with stress And that quitting may cause you to gain a few pounds.
And here’s the news…
That fear of giving up is actually CREATED by cigarettes
You never decided to fall into the nicotine trap!
But nicotine is designed to ensure that you remain there. And you need to be motivated to break free.
However, you can start to take some small steps towards a nicotine-free life now, a rehearsal for the time when you can give up smoking for good!
- Make a list
What are the reasons why you want to quit? There are probably a number of them – but have you ever actually written them as a list?
- Make a date
And stick to this as your day to QUIT!
- Change it up
ONE week before your chosen quit date – change your brand of cigarette. You will find they are not as enjoyable
- Get awkward
Try to change the hand you use to hold your cigarette. It will feel awkward – but this small change breaks down habits and associations
- Change your routine
If you normally smoke after a meal, try to break out of this routine. Try reading a chapter of a book, watch a TV show, or retreat to a part of the house where you wouldn’t normally smoke
- Get active
A five-minute walk or stretch produces chemicals in the brain that reduce cravings
Make regular affirmations to yourself several times a day “I am enjoying life as a non-smoker”
Hypnotherapy can help you to have your last cigarette ever!
It will show you the reasons to stop
And can help you
- With motivation to stop smoking – and stay stopped
- Break the connections – the triggers – to smoking
- Feel positive about becoming a non-smoker
So if you haven’t been able to quit smoking before, that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to do it now!
And if you COULD stop smoking easily and without cravings why wouldn’t you break out of that habit into a fresher, cleaner, healthier YOU.
If you are ready to take the next step to becoming a happier, healthier you, CLICK HERE to find out more.
About Matt Hale
Hypnotist & Mindhacks Speaker, his book ‘Mindhacking Happiness’ book became a number 1 bestseller, and recently, UK bookmakers William Hill officially issued odds of 1000/1 of him replacing Daniel Craig as the next James Bon! (as discussed in his TEDx talk about the “Power of Probably”) for more information head to