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Quit Smoking-enough Is Enough

Feb 28, 2008
If you are not a smoker, it might be hard to understand what it feels like to have cravings. It is hard for a smoker to do simple things like go to the movies, take a road trip, or work a day with out a smoke break. These cravings can take over your life faster than you know. Often the cravings out weigh the health risks associated with smoking.

Smoking causes health issues, the warnings are all over the place. The cancer risk is labeled on every box, along with the child birth defect warning and on TV there are anti smoking commercials. Non smokers don't understand why someone would start smoking at all, let alone why a smoker can not just quit. As you very well know, it is easier said than done.

I am guessing this is not your first attempt to quite smoking. It is very common for a smoker to try and fail multiple times before succeeding. Unfortunately, this process can create a learned behavior. The thought is "if I failed once, I will fail again, I will ever quite smoking". This idea can cause self confidence issues making it that much harder to quit.

Emotional connections to smoking can also make it even harder to quit smoking. Some people have a fond memory associated with smoking. Some reward themselves with a cigarette for completing a task or project. These are both examples of emotional connections to the addiction. Some people feel, if they quit smoking they have to quit having that happy memory or good feeling, this is not the case but it is a very realistic thought to the smoker.

Sometimes there are other connections that stand in the way of you and your goal. The connection can simply be a ritual. Every time you eat, go outside, get in the car, or talk on the phone you may have a cigarette. These rituals are learned behaviors and are obstacles that make it difficult for the person to quit.

Many people fall into the thought that if they quit, they will gain weight. Weight gain can be caused from the same ritual or learned behavior that causes someone to smoke in the first place. People who are quitting might be more nervous from nicotine withdrawals, and therefore eat more or snack. Others might reward themselves with food instead of a cigarette. By learning what the trigger is can help you both quit smoking and not gain weight.

Many people try to quit smoking cold turkey, others turn to medications or the patch, hypnosis is usually a last resort. However hypnosis can help you in a number of ways. Instead of using smoking succession aides, hypnosis deals with the actual problem. It encourages your self esteem while makes your goal easier to reach and addresses the actual behaviors you have developed from smoking. It will also give you positive suggestions to continue assisting you on your path to smoking succession.

Trying to quit is difficult but it doesn't have to be. Some might feel overwhelmed but you have taken the first step by acknowledging you are ready to quit. You need to decide the best way to deal with your addiction. But remember this, the longer you put it off the harder it will be to quit.
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