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'How to Quit Cigarettes with or without Hypnosis'


'It's all about the preparation"

After having helped SO many smoking quit over the years, I've come to realize some key differences between the people who QUIT and never smoke again, and those how just pick it up again.

What's the difference?

Well, there are a few, but one of them is the individuals MENTAL PREPARATION! The more you prepare to achieve a goal, the more likely you are to accomplish it right? Sounds simple doesn't it. But you see, I have come across a lot of smokers who will say they tried to quit but 'failed' and when I ask them what preparation that did beforehand the room goes quiet.

The fact is that if you're going to quit smoking PERMANENTLY you need to put in the work BEFOREHAND. You're unlikely to quit for good if you're just 'giving it a go' and you just 'see what happens'.

Preparation includes getting REALLY REALLY clear on your reasons for quitting. Unless your reasons are MORE compelling than your desire to smoke - don't bother! Write all your reasons down in the notes section of your smartphone and when you're finished, go back to the first one and ask yourself; 'what's the benefit of that benefit?' to get a tier 2 benefit. Keep doing this until you have about 50 reasons. After your quit date, look at this list anytime you have a fleeting thought of a cigarette.

This is just one way to get prepared but there are many other things as well. Get better at handling stress, become better at dealing with daily annoyances, start delaying your smokes, start smoking more consciously before you quit and try cutting down on the ones you know you don't really need or even enjoy. Start collecting your butts in a jar with water and use this tool to start putting yourself 'off' smoking. Know your triggers well so you can start to break the routine, keep mentally occupied when you've got down time or when you're bored.

Get your FREE copy of my Quit Smoking Ebook to your right. It's PACKED of information that I'm sure will help you quit.

The more prepared you are, the higher your chance of never smoking again and the less 'will power' you'll need.

To your health,

Nick Terrone

www.quitwithnick.com.au

1300 883 272

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So 2014 is almost upon us and you’re making your New Year's resolutions list and checking it twice, wanting to change your 'naughties'€™ to nice. If one of your resolutions is to kick the smoking habit once and for all, you'€™re going to want to keep reading. Why? Because the simple fact is that quitting cigarettes for more than just a few weeks, a few months or even a few years is a simple formula. A formula which you SHOULD NOT and CANNOT take short cuts on. Having been a smoker myself and having helped more than 1,000 people quit smoking over the last 6 years, I'€™m now pretty confident that I know what it takes to not only stop smoking, but REMAIN a non-smoker.  Quit-With-Nick1-150x150

Now, I'€™m going to be totally honest here and tell you something that my hypnotherapist colleagues would probably shot me for telling you, and that is: with the right mindset YOU CAN QUIT SMOKING ON YOUR OWN!! That'€™s right. Although I do help people quit with therapy that combines Hypnosis and Neuro Linguistic Programing (NLP), all you really need to kick the habit once and for all is the right mindset and then perhaps a few tips and techniques. And guess what? You’re going to get both of those things in this short article, hence if you are REALLY ready to quit, I think you’ll find this a worthwhile read.

Having said that, I'€™m going to be honest again by telling you that not everything you'€™re going to read below will be completely new to you. You might have heard some of the things I'€™m going to share, BUT, I'€™m sure you'€™ll also read a thing or two that you may not have heard before or known about cigarettes, smoking and quitting. If you get even just one tip, idea or technique that makes your next quit attempt more successful, then I'€™m sure you'€™d agree that this article will have been worth your time.

It’s important to know right up front that without the right mental preparation beforehand, no quit aid is going to part the skies for you. Every method will require you to put in some effort and commitment to say no when you'€™re faced with the opportunity (or excuse) to smoke during those inevitable moments when you'€™ll be tested.

So to make this article short, sharp and to the point, I’m now going to share with you the 7 Steps to PERMANENTLY Quit Cigarettes from January 2014.

Step 1: It'€™s not enough to know you should quit, need to quit or have to quit. You have to WANT to quit! Some smokers want all the obvious benefits of not smoking WITHOUT quitting cigarettes, and this obviously isn'€™t going to happen. One way to create a MASSIVE want to quit is to get COMPLETELY clear on as many reasons to quit as possible. Take out a piece of paper or use your '€˜notes'€™ section on your smart phone and write at the top of the page: €˜I decided to quit on (day/month/year) for the following reasons'€¦€™ and then write down each and every reason WHY you really really want to quit. The key here is to be as specific as possible. Eg; don'€™t just write '€˜for my health'€™, but ‘increased lung capacity€™ or €˜increased endurance’ etc. Once you have this list it'€™s up to you to use it by keeping it close to you and looking at it often, morning and night, not only leading up to the day you quit, but also every time after your quit date whenever you are contemplating a cigarette.

Step 2: Increase your belief that smoking is MORE of a psychological habit rather than a drug addiction. You may already have this belief but the more you can reinforce it the more empowered you'€™re going to be able to quit on your own. You see too many smokers have bought into the idea that they are drug addicts addicted to nicotine, so it gives them an excuse and reinforces a disempowering story, which is the exact story the drug companies want you to believe. But if quitting was all about '€˜nicotine'€™ then the patch would work every time for everyone, but it doesn'€™t! The simple fact is that no replacement therapy is going to give you the mindset needed to quit. The fact that second hand smokers don’t feel the need to rush out and start smoking but can get the same illnesses as a smoker is another proof that the cigarette smoke is bad for your body but doesn’t get you ‘hooked’ on cigarettes. And how do you form and maintain a habit? By the repetition of an action. Since it takes about 10 draws to finish a cigarette if you multiply the number of cigarettes you’re having in a day by 10 that'€™s how many times you’re bringing your fingers to your lips a day. Big number isn’t it?

herbal stop smoking remedies But the biggest test if a drug or chemical is truly addictive to the body or not is to notice what happens to the body when you stop taking it all of a sudden. The really addictive drugs out there are heroin, cocaine and amphetamines. If you'€™re a daily user of any of these kinds of drugs and have been for a while and you try to stop all of a sudden, you'€™re going to feel some SERIOUS withdraw symptoms. Things like severe vomiting, shaking, sweating, muscle cramps, insomnia etc. Now who goes through this when they quit cigarettes? Nothing like that. Another indicator is to see the effects of the drug on new born babies. Of course we all know that cigarette smoke is bad for an unborn child, but it only elevates the risk of an effect on them, it’s not a guarantee. But if the mother is addicted to any of the hard drugs mentioned above, that new born is going to be an addicted mess 100% of the time!

The mind body connection is just SO powerful and smokers prove this to themselves every time they walk into an airport and jump on an airplane for 10 to 13 hours. You see the moment you walk into an airport you have the mindset of ‘smoking just isn’t an option’ and so your brain produces the corresponding chemicals associated with that kind of mental conviction, it sends these chemicals to your cells and you feel fine. BUT, as soon as that plane starts to descend and your mindset switches from '€˜it'€™s not possible'€™ to €˜I can have one in 20 minutes’, your brain now produces those corresponding chemicals, feeds them to your cells and all of a sudden you feel anxious, edgy and irritable. The drug companies will tell you that'€™s nicotine withdraw but if that'€™s true why weren’t you experiencing those feelings 1 hr into the flight? Hm . . . So the message here is get a 100% conviction that smoking just isn’t an option so your brain can do it’s job and support you with the brain chemistry that will allow you to FEEL like quitting is easy.

Step 3: Prepare for your '€˜Quit Day'€™ by starting to break your habit and routine of smoking and slowly starting to reduce the cigarettes you'€™re having. There are a few ways to do this. Start by asking yourself how many cigarettes you think you REALLY can’t go without (it'€™s probably a LOT less than you'€™re having in a day), and put those cigarettes in a separate container and only bring those ones for the day leaving the rest of the packet at home. This forces you to think about the ones you'€™re having more and eliminates the ones you'€™re smoking literally on automatic pilot which you could have gone without. It’s no guarantee you won'€™t just go buy more, but it'€™ll make it harder and that’s the point.

Start trying to delay as many smokes as you can by putting them off by 20 or 30 minutes. During the times that you’re smoking leading up to your quit day start to think of yourself as a non-smoker by contemplating the other things you could (and will) be doing in that moment when you’re not smoking. Be familiar with your triggers and start to mentally prepare a plan of attack as to how and what you’re going to do instead from that day onwards. At least a week or two before your quit day start to use a clear glass jar, at least 1ltr in size for your ash tray and butts. Start to collect them all and slowly top it up with water. Take a look at it often as it builds. This can be used after your quit day as well. Any time you THINK you want a cigarette, just look at this jar or take a smell of it and this should kill your urge pretty quickly. Realise that studies have shown it takes 21 days to break a habit so make this your hump day and give yourself a chance to adapt to a new routine. stop smoking in 60 minutes

Step 4: The day you decide to quit your body is going to be going through a detox process and some may feel this process a little more than others. The good news is that it only takes 3 to 5 days for every chemical in a cigarette to leave your body. There are 2 simple things you can do to support your body during this process and that is having plenty of natural sugars and drink plenty of water. Why natural sugars? Because what a lot of people don't know about cigarettes is that there is a LOT of sugar in cigarettes! Yep, that’s right, 8 to 18% of one cigarette is sugar. Surprised? Most people are when they hear that. You see when they harvest tobacco from the fields to get rid of the foul, horrible, disgusting, bitter taste of raw tobacco they soak the leaves in large vats of sugar water where all kinds of flavouring and additives called ‘casings’ are then added to the tobacco.

It’s for this reason that smokers stick to their ‘smooth’ brand because they get used to the distinct flavour. There’s even sugar in the paper that it’s wrapped in. So what does this mean? It means that when you stop smoking all of a sudden your blood sugar levels are going to drop and then you’ll experience the same things that diabetics experience when they have a blood sugar drop. This includes headaches, moodiness, irritability, slight hand shaking, all the things that the drug companies call ‘nicotine withdraws’. The simple solution is to have natural sugars which include fruit juice, fruit and honey. Try to avoid artificial sweets like soft drinks, energy drinks, lollies, chocolates, desserts and sweets. These give you a sugar rush and then a sugar crash, just like kids experience when they have that stuff.

The water is obviously important because our bodies are 75% water but the chemicals in cigarettes prevent your cells from absorbing water. It’s for this reason that smoking has the aging effect on skin because your cells are literally starved of water. It'€™s also what people are noticing when they might say that you look great after quitting. What they are observing is more water in your eyes and skin. Drinking plenty of water will help your detox process happen a lot faster and will help with circulation and as your circulation improves so will every other system and organ in your body. It also prevents most headaches. I suggest drinking at least 2 litres a day long term and the natural sugar intake for about 2 weeks.

Step 5: Be mindful and prepare yourself for the two most common reasons why people will start smoking again: stress and alcohol! Don’t let these scenarios trick you. Start by researching stress management techniques. There are plenty of simple processes one can learn to cope with small and major life stressors. Deep breathing techniques are fast, simple yet effective. Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT is also a fast and simple process which I regularly use and teach my clients. Its roots are in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and It works with the body’s meridian lines where the life force or ‘chi’ is said to flow through. Stress is said to be a sign that these channels are blocked and releasing them through either acupuncture, acupressure massage or even just tapping, as in EFT, it can stimulate the flow of the energy, release the block and bring the body back to its natural state of wellbeing in body mind and spirit. Or you can try exercise, yoga, meditation, reading, walking, hot baths etc. Anything that helps you to unwind and detach is going to help.

After your quit day if you are ever feeling stressed and think you want a cigarette (which is a stimulant) just ask yourself what the FEELING is that you REALLY want. After all, it’s never the cigarette you want, but the feeling you THINK it will give you. Once you have pinpointed the feeling, such as ‘relaxation’ for instance, then just think about all the other ways you could get that feeling. You might think a cigarette is a way to get there, but it’s a way you’ll regret and you know it!

Beware of alcohol and its ability to reduce your decision making ability which can easily lead to thinking like: ‘well, maybe just a puff, one won’t hurt, I’ve gone ages, I deserve it’ etc. You might feel you need to go without a drink for the first week or two. Or use your reasons for quitting list, read it on your way to your party or night out so you can reinforce to yourself the reasons you made the decision to quit.

Step 6: Use your own subconscious mind to become a non-smoker. One easy way to do this is to make use of two naturally occurring hypnotic states during your day. This is the moment just before you fall asleep at night and just when you’ve woken up in the morning. It may not be a long time, but you only need a couple of minutes during that half-awake/half-asleep state to send powerful imagery to your unconscious mind. During this state visualise yourself looking at a movie screen and seeing yourself right in the middle of a moment in your day that use to be a trigger but as a NON-SMOKER. Make the picture bright, sharp, vivid, focussed, colourful, hear the sounds you would hear, feel the feelings of being a confident non-smoker in that moment. Shrink the image to the size of a postcard; imagine holding it in front of you, still seeing yourself in the image. Then imagine floating out above a timeline to some unspecified time in the future where you’re going to drop the postcard as it slots into your future timeline. Then imagine floating back to now. Once you know the process it only takes 3 minutes to do.

Step 7: Get help from an expert! If all else fails, get in touch with an expert on quitting who not only understands the mindset needed to quit, but is also equipped to work with you on a subconscious level to help disconnect the deeper connections to the smoking habit. Although I know what I have shared can help you quit, if you come across the right tool which address the smoking problem at its CAUSE, it can feel like such an easier battle to win.

To your health,

Nick

www.quitwithnick.com.au

1300 833 272

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There have been numerous scientific studies that have revealed how powerful your personal 'story telling'€™ can be with regards to achieving a desired outcome or result, whether it’s spontaneous recovery from a life threatening illness OR quitting cigarettes.

Most smokers would agree that once you have made the decision to stop smoking cigarettes, the next biggest thing that you need to quit is the right mindset. I believe it's the single biggest factor that will determine your success at quitting.

Now there are many things one could take into consideration when you think about all the elements that make up ‘the right mindset’. One of THE biggest is the story that you have about smoking AND the story you have about quitting.

I have helped almost 1000 clients stop smoking cigarettes with hypnosis and what I found with almost every single one of them was that they had a story about quitting, about their past experience when it came to quitting and about what they THINK they will be experiencing when they walk out my office.

Once they have finished telling their VERY well justified story about their past experience with quitting, I then start my pre-hypnosis talk by sharing a bunch of information about smoking, quitting and how to remain a non-smoker. One of the most important things I discuss is the importance of developing the space where one can consider the possibility of a new story about quitting. This is a very powerful tool in creating the right mindset for quitting.

The bottom line is that the less we are attached to a story about the way we think things are, the easier it will be to entertain a new idea about other possibilities, and this is so important when it comes to quitting cigarettes.

It’s a very normal thing for me to hear smokers share their stories about quitting, and they usually go something like this: ‘It’s not easy to quit, I’ve tried everything and nothing seems to work for me, I just don’t have the will power to quit, maybe I’m just meant to be a smoker for the rest of my life, It’s so hard to quit because I’m addicted to nicotine, my body just needs that nicotine, everyone around me smokes how could I possibly quit?’ etc etc.

Like I said above, these are justified stories that I often hear, but it’s important to be aware that they are exactly that – a story. And the more that we get attached to the stories we have about become a non-smoker and quitting cigarettes, the more we will simply create that reality for ourselves. It’s also easy to see how this is closely related to the fact that as people we like to be right about things, our views and perceptions. So if we have a story that quitting is going to be hard and that nothing will work, in a way we’ll just create this scenario for ourselves so we can justifiably say to the world – ‘see, I told you so, I WAS RIGHT!’. The sad thing is that sometimes we would rather be right than experience a new possibility that is truly beneficial for us.

Now just to give you an idea of how powerful the story we tell ourselves can be, I’d like to share with you a scientific study conducted by Dr Joe Dispenza, an expert in brain bio chemistry. He has spent many years studying patients who have experienced spontaneous remissions from diseases such as cancer, diabetes, rare genetic disorders, cardio vascular conditions, arrhythmia, high BP, high cholesterol levels, emphysema and endocrine disorders. He wanted to know if there was something in common with these people. And he found that there was.

As I describe what he found, just keep in mind what I have already mentioned about the power of the story that one tells themselves.

Firstly, he found that they all accepted that there was an intelligence that was bigger than them, some divine intelligence. But it doesn’t have to be this mystical thing. It’s the same intelligence that is keeping your heart beating right now. It’s the intelligence that runs all the systems of your body. These people all accepted that if there was something greater than them, that they could perhaps tap into this and it would do the healing for them.

The second thing that they had in common was that they all believed that their thoughts, their way of thinking over a period of time actually contributed to their disease or illness. And they had the realisation that if my thinking has contributed to my disease, maybe I should change the way I’ve been thinking.

There is also scientific evidence to support this. Studies have shown that every time we have a thought, our brain produces a chemical associated with that. If we have elevated, positive thoughts the brain produces chemicals that make us feel happy. In the same way if we have bad, negative insecure thoughts, the brain produces chemicals associated with that thought, state or feeling. These chemicals produced by the brain are literally the food that is feeding the physical body and its cells.

What type of food is your brain feeding to your cells?

So all these patients, once they had established the above set out to start to change the way they thoughts. So they began to interrupt their old process.

They decided that in order to break their thinking process/habit, they had to re-invent themselves. They had to become somebody else. And when they began to think about who they wanted to become, they stopped this biochemical feedback loop and they started to ask themselves some important questions like:

What would it be like to be a happy person?

Who do I know in my life right now that’s happy?

What would I have to change about myself in order to be a different person?

Who in history do I admire and why?

And what is it about them do I like and how can I mirror this in myself?

They began to contemplate what ifs. They began to tell themselves a NEW STORY! And the brain began to change. This new thinking process began to create new connections in the brain that started to act as a platform for them to be. So they began to gather information in this way.

When these people began to re-invent themselves, they spend long moments where they lost track of time and space. They became so involved in what they were thinking about that when they realised how much time had gone by it was always MUCH more than they had thought. What felt like 10 or 15 minutes, was really an hour, hour and a half to two hours. They lost track of the feedback the brain is always having with regards to its environment.

Now if this process of creating a new story is able to help people spontaneously recover from life threatening illness and disease, I wonder if there is something in this for smokers to learn from?

What this remarkable study is showing is that if we are willing to look within and reinvent ourselves and tell ourselves something new about what it is that we say we want to achieve? Then we pave the way for amazing things to happen.

Nick Terrone

Specialist Hypnotherapist
Psychotherapist

1300 883 272

www.quitwithnick.com.au

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We are multi-layered beings and what we are aware of in any moment, as we have known for a while now, is not all the information that is available to us, but only a very small chunk of it. As we all know we have a conscious mind and an unconscious mind and through a process of filtering, we are only aware of 7 plus or minus 2 bits of information in any one moment. But the unconscious mind is said to be taking in millions of bits of information in any one second.

From a more metaphysical perspective, you could say that at our core we are vibrational beings operating within a particular frequency. What we are aware of in any given moment is simply the result of our senses interpreting a very specific and energetic vibrational frequency. Even this concept is not so much of a fluffy spiritual idea any more but a scientific fact. Everything around us at its very basis is a frequency vibration with a specific 'pitch', if you will. This is the reason for all things taking on a particular manifested form that our senses can then interpret.

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The unconscious mind is a very powerful part of who we are. It is the part of us that is really 'holding all the strings', so-to-speak. It is the part of our mind that is laying the foundations for our conscious experience. It is said that the unconscious mind is responsible for 96-98% of who we are, what we do and our automatic behaviours.

The primary function of the unconscious mind is to always seek out and maintain protection, safety and security. The unconscious mind is said to be part of our higher self, the greater whole, that part of us which is there before, during and after our birth.

So how do emotional barriers occur? How do negative emotions get trapped in our bodies?

Well, in any given moment, especially during a significant emotional event, otherwise known as an S.E.E, the unconscious mind is always making decisions in the interest of safety and security.

Or first 7 years of life are said to be the most important years where our personalities are being established. We are like downloading machines downloading information, systems and programs from our immediate environment, parents and siblings. Any unhelpful behaviours, habits or patterns often, but not always, are rooted in these early years of life.

When the unconscious mind comes across a moment, event or situation which it perceives as a threat to its safety and security it makes a decision about that event, a decision which from that moment forward will look to avoid or cope with in any way that it can. This is also the moment that a negative emotion can instantly get stored in the body. From this moment on any time the unconscious mind comes across what it perceives as a similar threatening situation, it will instantly react and respond in accordance with the decision it made a long time ago during the original S.E.E, or the first event.

quit cigarettesWe know from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that certain emotions are associated with and stored in different areas of the body. E.g.; anger and frustration are stored in the gull bladder and liver. Guilt, shame and regret are stored in the large intestines and lungs. Worry, sympathy and negative thought rumination stored in the stomach, spleen and pancreas. Fear and anxiety is stored in the bladder and kidneys. The last one makes sense when you think about it. This is why we feel we need to go urinate when we are nervous, or we wet ourselves when severely frightened or anxious.

What this all means is that if a past emotional blockage is left unresolved and continues to be compounded upon by similar events an illness or disease can result in that organ or area of the body. All this illness and disease is, is an indicator of the type of unresolved emotion that needs to be released.

How do we release this emotion and resolve the conflict?

One method is to work with the unconscious mind. By using a process called Time Line Therapy, it is possible to ask the unconscious mind to bring you back to the very first event, the root cause of the unhelpful pattern or negative emotion so that it can be released.

Resolving the event and letting go of the negative emotion is then simply a matter of using your imagination and unconscious mind to observe the first original event in a particular way. We then ask the unconscious mind to gather any and all positive learnings that were there hidden in the event. The idea being that everything that happens to us happens for a reason and happens ultimately to help us serve and fulfil our higher purpose.

This may sound a little hard to accept at first, but no matter how horrible, horrific or traumatizing an event may have been for us, there is ALWAYS a positive learning, lesson or benefit hidden within it. After all, we as humans learn and are able to distinguish what we want and don't want only through contrast. We can only know what happiness is if we experience sadness, cold if we know hot, black if we know white. However during the actual event when it was taking place, you could have been so overly consumed by the negative emotions, you probably were not asking yourself; 'now what's the positive learning I'm supposed to get here', or 'how am I going to benefit from this experience?'.

The release of the unresolved negative emotions from the first event can happen instantly once we are able to fully integrate and associate with the positive lessons, higher meaning and purpose of the event.

The earlier one can recognise an unhelpful pattern and resolve it, the earlier they can intervene and prevent a disease or illness in its associated organ.

To your health,

Nick Terrone

Specialist Hypnotherapist / NLP / Time Line Therapist

www.quitwithnick.com.au

1300 883 272

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