What to Do On the First Day You Quit Smoking Cigarettes

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What to do after you quit smoking cigarettes

I initially became a professional hypnotherapist to help people quit smoking cigarettes. In fact, I started my hypnosis practice in San Diego after a friend of mine died from smoking related lung cancer. Shortly after I found that adding Neuro Linguistic Programming Techniques gave the smoking habit a one-two knockout punch that works on about 70% of the clients I see on their first visit.

Even though I have a very strong program to help people stop smoking, I still give them information about what to do on the first day or so after they quit smoking cigarettes. That’s because some people find the first days after they stop smoking a little bit challenging.

By helping them get off to a good start they are able to stop smoking and stay smoke free.

Here are 9 Methods to Minimize Your Discomfort When You Quit Smoking Cigarettes

1. Keep Your Mouth Occupied

A big reason people smoke is for oral satisfaction. Some healthy, harmless alternatives to smoking are things like drinking water, chewing sugar free gum or munching on carrots and celery sticks.

2. Keep Your Hands Occupied

Another factor with smoking is how the habit affects a smoker’s hands. While I personally give all my clients a squeeze ball, you can keep your hands busy knitting a scarf or playing computer games.

3. Take Naps

Most people don’t crave a cigarette while they’re asleep so for the first few days after you quit smoking cigarettes sleep more. Also sleeping a little more will allow you body to heal a bit faster as the nicotine leaves your system.

4. Exercise or Engage in Something Physical

If you really want to quit smoking cigarettes you need to get your body moving. It doesn’t matter whether it’s taking walks, dancing or just getting to the gym, some type of physical activity can help to get your mind off your smoking habit.

An added benefit to participating in aerobic exercise is that it causes your body to release endorphins into your bloodstream and brain that help to enhance your mood.

5. Pick a Time When Your Stress Level is Low

It’s going to be more difficult to try to quit smoking cigarettes when your stress level is high. So, if possible, make your first day that you quit smoking cigarettes a day when you’ll be relatively stress free.

Now this might be when your kids are in school, or when you when you get your tax return and can take a break from work. Since stress is a trigger for many people having if you schedule to stop smoking during a low stress time you may be more successful.

6. Reinforce Your Decision to Quit Smoking Cigarettes

You can reinforce your decision to quit smoking cigarettes by setting short term goals. On you first day set goals like staying smoke free for an hour, then set another one hour goal.

Remember your cravings are temporary and will go away whether you some a cigarette or not.

7. Practice Deep Breathing

Deep breathing does a couple of things for you when you want to quit smoking. The first is it can help calm your body. Second, inhaling deeply is another is probably connected to your smoking habit.

If the urge to smoke a cigarette comes up, instead of lighting up, take a break and focus on your breathing.

8. Relax

Choose and use a method that relaxes you. When you quit smoking cigarettes you might experience some irritability.

Using a relaxation method such as meditation or listening to instrumental music can help to calm your mind and body.

9. Self Hypnosis

Self hypnosis has been shown to be very helpful to help someone who has quit smoking cigarettes. In fact I send home a self hypnosis recording with every one of my San Diego clients. It helps them to relax and reinforces their decision to stop smoking cigarettes.

How about NRT and Drugs to Quit Smoking Cigarettes?

One last thought. Some people use NRT (Nicotine replacement therapy, patches, gum, etc.) or drugs (Wellbutrin or Chantix) to help them quit smoking cigarettes.

When people call and ask about using one of these methods my answer is always to use these only under a doctor’s supervision.

Although both of these methods have been shown to help some smokers who want to quit smoking cigarettes, studies have not shown them to be all that effective. Additionally, they have side effects that should not be overlooked.

The Bottom Line

If you want to quit smoking cigarettes here’s a great reason. It is estimated that either directly or indirectly, tobacco causes more than 400,000 deaths each year in the U.S. alone.

The startling part of this statistic is that it represents nearly 20 percent of all the deaths in the U.S. This means one out of five deaths are either directly or indirectly a result of smoking and according to the World health organization smoking is the leading preventable cause of premature death in the world.

Choosing to quit smoking cigarettes is the absolute best thing you can do for your health and the health of everyone you love.

No matter what method you choose, why not chose to quit smoking cigarettes today?


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About the Author

Wil Dieck is America’s #1 Mental Fitness Coach©. He is also the founder of Total Mind Therapy©, a system that uses Neuro Emotional Conditioning (NEC)©.

NEC is a system that uses the best of three highly effective processes, Advanced Hypnosis, Neuro Linguistic Programming techniques (NLP) and meditative breathing techniques from Qigong, a Chinese Martial Art, and combines them into one powerful system that you can use to alter your thinking patterns that allow you to make quick and lasting shifts in your behavior and, as a result, quit smoking cigarettes.

Wil is a Master Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner (NLP) hypnotherapist and Qigong Practitioner. His office is located in San Diego, CA.

He has taught hundreds of people in individual and business settings how to use Neuro Emotional Conditioning (NEC)© techniques to quit smoking cigarettes.

Wil is available for individual coaching sessions and group presentations for using NEC or hypnosis and Neuro Linguistic Programming as well as using meditation techniques from Qigong to help you stop smoking.

If you are interested in learning more about using Neuro Emotional Conditioning (NEC)© techniques to stop smoking, then call (619) 293-3255 for your complimentary personalized assessment and action plan. In this session we’ll discuss the goals you wish to achieve and you’ll go away with an action plan packed with information on how to achieve those goals.