With it being Stoptober this month, many people across the country are seeing if they can quit the cigarettes for 28 days-straight. After this point, you’re almost five times more likely to quit for good.
Based in Harley Street and High Street Kensington, Fiona Lamb specialises in helping her clients navigate anxiety, emotional eating, and addictions by using a variety of bespoke hypnotherapeutic treatments. With that in mind, today she’s bringing us five ways to stop smoking:
- Change your brand of cigarettes – if they taste differently to what you’re used to it’ll start to break-up your habits, making them more malleable to change in the long-run.
- Delay your first cigarette of the day a little bit longer – that gets your nicotine dependence down as it forces your body to go for longer in the day without it.
- Have a glass of water or milk with every cigarette you have – this makes the cigarette taste differently, or in other words, pretty horrid. Encouraging you not to smoke at all!
- Cut back on caffeine if possible – high-amounts of coffee per day increases the amount of tension in your already frenetic nervous system. Help it cool down by decreasing how much stimulants it receives each day by cutting out coffee.
- Remember that nicotine doesn’t calm you down – we all think that nicotine has calming properties, but this is actually an association smokers build within themselves. It’s a stimulant, so ask yourself, “what is it you want to feel when you smoke? And what do you feel when you smoke?” It’s not the nicotine that gets you through the day, it’s you. Building confidence in yourself – in confidence to calm yourself down – can go far.