Make sure that when you decide to stop smoking that it’s because YOU want to stop, and not because someone you know wants you to. You have to desire and decide to be a non-smoker.Pick a specific quit day. Day of your appointment! Make a real commitment to yourself.Tell your family friends and coworkers that you have decided to quit. Tell them your quit date. Making a public commitment is a very powerful way to motivate your success.
Things you can do before your session
Acting on any or all of the suggestions below will make the process of quitting easier. You don’t have to act on any of them, of course. Either way it’s fine.
Make a list of the positive benefits of quitting. Write your list down on a smart phone or 3 x 5 card. Review your list several times a day. This will begin focusing your unconscious mind on the benefits of being a non-smoker.
Think before you smoke: If you feel the urge to light up, ask yourself: “Do I really want or need this cigarette or am I just reaching for it of habit?” Review your reasons for quitting on your 3×5 card. Reading them aloud is helpful. Then ask yourself again: “Do I really want or need this cigarette?”
Make a list of your reasons for quitting. This may include negative things like eliminating smokers cough.
Make a list of the things that you like about smoking, or the benefits of smoking. One man said that smoking made him look cool, and that it gave him a pleasant buzz. These reasons don’t have to be rational or logical. Your hypnotherapist will use this information to help your unconscious mind develop better alternatives to smoking that accomplish these benefits.
Take more conscious control of your habit.
You can switch brands to one that you don’t care for. Or, you could switch from menthols to regulars or vice versa depending on what you have normally been smoking. Switch from filtered to unfiltered. The point of course, is to make smoking less pleasant on purpose.
Smoke at inconvenient and uncomfortable times and places. For example, at the far end of the backyard or in the garage. You’ll begin to associate the discomfort and inconvenience with smoking.
Put the cigarette out as soon as the urge stops. Sometimes people will finish a cigarette just because they have the habit of finishing. Stopping sooner is communicating to the unconscious mind that you are consciously taking charge and changing the habit deliberately.
Change hands. Hold the cigarette in the opposite hand to the one you normally use, or between different fingers. Changing the details of how you smoke modifies the habit patterns, and restores more conscious choice.
It’s alright if you are inconsistent in following the suggestions above. You may not always remember. Acting on them a few times, or even once will be helpful in starting the process of your becoming a non-smoker.