I’ve recently had the honor of supporting some Be Well coaching clients with quitting smoking, and I wanted to share some of the tools we have explored.
Here are some ideas that may be helpful in your journey:
1. Identify Your Desire to Quit Smoking
This is the essential first step. Get clear about why you want to quit. Be very specific about how smoking is not serving you, and what parts of your life will improve when you quit. Write it down — make a list so you can see all the reasons spelled out in front of you.
2. Get the Book The Easy Way to Stop Smoking
I learned about this book from a patient who used it to help her become a non-smoker. The patient had also gone to a live Easy Way seminar, which helped her and her mother to quit. I bought the book right away and gave it to a friend who wanted to quit smoking and it worked! Does it seem strange that a book could help you quit smoking? Just look at the hundreds of positive reviews on Amazon – this is a powerful book.
3. Schedule a Hypnosis Session
Hypnosis can’t make you want to quit, but it is effective if you have committed to yourself that you want to quit. It will help that commitment to sink in on a deeper, subconscious level.
4. Get Acupuncture
The caveat is the same as with hypnosis – according to Dr. Lipman, acupuncture can be helpful if you really want to quit. Acupuncture can help to ease the withdrawal symptoms and get your body into balance.
5. Explore homeopathic remedies
Homeopathic remedies can help with tobacco cravings and are very affordable. Check at a health food store, Whole Foods, or apothecary near you. Boiron used to have a “Quit Smoking Kit” that they don’t carry anymore, but you can buy the individual remedies that they recommend: Lobelia inflata 6C at each tobacco craving until symptoms are relieved (max 7 days) and 5 pellets of Nux vomica 30C morning and afternoon until symptoms of irritability and need to eat are relieved (max 7 days).
6. Get Tons of Support
This is a time to practice “extreme self care.” That might mean more yoga, more green juice, more massage. Although this is a challenging time, you can also see it as an exciting chapter in your healing journey. Be gentle with yourself and indulge in some extra pampering!
Please share your tips — what helped you to quit smoking?