Yes, I used to be a smoker. I am an ex-smoker. I am a nonsmoker.
In fact, while I have a “memory” that I once smoked, I do not “feel” like a smoker at all.
When I tell my clients who are about to become nonsmokers for life, that I used to smoke, it feels like I am describing a movie about another character.
Cigarettes and tobacco no longer bring up cravings or desires. It is as if I have ‘never even been a smoker’! Now this transition did not happen instantly. It took some time.
Similar to how I worked at my old office for almost ten years, and then I changed careers. For ten years I got up everyday and drove the same route to work, same routine. Then I changed my life.
For the next year or two, when I was driving and daydreaming, I would find myself turning the steering wheel towards my old office. Then I would ‘snap to’ and realize, ‘Hey, I don’t work there anymore” and simply turn the other way.
It is the same with smoking. When you become a nonsmoker, the chemicals within your body dissipate within 2 or 3 days. After that, the ‘cravings’ people experience are in the mind, connected to subconscious habits (which self hypnosis helps to remove). The old ‘muscle motor’ habits, like driving to my old job, kick in from time to time.
My muscles had been trained at an unconscious level to ‘turn left’ towards my old office. But when I consciously noticed this movement, it was easy to stop and turn the other way. I had no desire to go to my old office. I did not ‘want’ to go to my old office. I was clear that I no longer worked there. It was something like a distant memory from the past, the same way your smoking habit will become a far off memory one day.
On occasion, until your muscles are re-trained, you may find your hand moving out in the same old pattern to reach for a cigarette, but then, you snap to and realize you don’t do that anymore.
But be aware, and do not confuse this motor movement with a ‘craving’. Do not let it fool you that you ‘need’ to smoke again. When you snap to, you realize, ‘Hey, I don’t do that anymore! I am a nonsmoker!” You have the power to move that hand in another direction.
A simple tool many ex-smokers love, is to simply bring your two fingers up to your lips, as if holding a cigarette, and breathe deeply, enjoying the deep inhale (without the smoke!)
You satisfy the muscle movement, you satisfy your habit of ‘breathing deeply’ in a healthier way, and this helps cravings go away.
This simple technique will help you to stay stopped smoking and be successful.
If you are Ready to Quit – or if you are simply thinking about it – go see the online Smoking Cessation Program. The program includes all the methods I have used since 2007, to help people quit smoking,
Sometimes all you need is that ‘extra boost’ to help you move past the finish line.
Becky Hays, CH/MNLP
Certified Master NLP & Hypnosis Intuitive Life Coach