Smoking – How To Quit The Easiest Way
Smoking: How To Quit – How I discovered the best alternative which led me freedom from cigarettes.
First he told me about some of the more alarming side effects. Then he suggested something I haven’t heard of…
He mentioned something called NLP. The doctor came before he had a chance to tell me about it, so I went in and ended up getting a prescription.
To make a long story short, I never ended up buying my prescription. On my way out of the clinic, the man was still in the waiting room, and he called me over. He continued our conversation, and said his wife managed to quit smoking using NLP hypnosis. He couldn’t remember where she found it, so we exchanged emails and the next day he sent me the address. He also sent me to a website explaining what NLP is and how it works. (Below is a link to the video I watched.)
I don’t completely understand it, but from what I know, its basically a way of using language and sounds to re-program your subconscious to have positive thoughts, rather than negative ones. It made a lot of sense to me when I thought about how it could help to quit smoking. How to quit smoknig cigarettes suddenly changed completely for me.
After all, smoking addiction is really about your thoughts, attachment to the habit and emotions, rather than physical addiction. Every time I had tried to quit smoking, I ended up wanting a cigarette to fill a void. But it wasn’t so much a strong physical feeling, but a thinking pattern. It is amazing to me, how hard it is to stop thinking in a certain way. Nicotine withdrawal only lasts a few days at most. But that’s the easy part to quit smoking, isn’t it? Invariably I would quit for 2 weeks, and then I would get overwhelmed, and start smoking again.
NLP started to make a lot of sense when I thought about it. If smoking addiction is mostly about our thinking patterns, and NLP can change those patterns, doesn’t it make sense that it can fix the problem?
Well I thought so, and more to the point, I was willing to try anything. Even those darn pills from the doctor. I went back to the email from David, and opened the website link. The choices were either keep smoking, take a health risk with the Champix pills, or take a risk on an unknown. Well it wasn’t really a risk – these things always have a money-back guarantee. What concerned me was taking the time to use it.
The short and skinny is, I did try it. It didn’t work immediately. It didn’t do anything noticeable – at first.
After a few days I did notice I was smoking less. But more importantly, I felt less attached to smoking somehow. I didn’t seem to want cigarettes as much. Actually what used to look like a pleasant thing to enjoy actually started to look downright ugly. After about a week, I decided it was time to butt out my last cigarette. I was hesitant, but I said my goodbyes to the little monster addiction, that had become a beast that could not be fed.
Was it easy? Well truthfully, no. But I wouldn’t exactly say it was hard either. It was far easier than any other time that I attempted to quit smoking. I still had the physical withdrawals for a couple of days. But something was different in me. I was more quietly determined to stop. For the first few weeks, it was not at all as difficult as it had been every other time I had tried to stop. Even with nicotine patches. More importantly was that critical 2 week point. It was easier than I expected. A lot easier.
I think NLP might have something to do with it. Whatever the case may be; nine months later, I can say here on my website with satisfaction, and a quiet sense of pride:
I am a non-smoker of nine months. And I will never go back!
I almost can’t believe it when I think of who I was then. And my proud sons still mention the fact from time to time.
Quitting smoking doesn’t have to be difficult, if you find the right way for you.
Whichever way you find that works for you, please share it with people. If it weren’t for David, I might still be a smoker today. Remember, sometimes all you need is that one person’s shared experience, and everything falls into place for you. (Thank-you so much David!) Please feel free to leave a comment on the About page with your personal experiences on quitting smoking.
I wish you the best of luck with your efforts with smoking, how to quit nicotine addiction, and thank you for reading my story.