So a few of my friends and family have decided to give the Stoptober challenge a go. It got me thinking how I could help. Now unfortunately I don't have the time to go round them all with some hypno wonderfulness especially since they live all over the country but I do have time to share a little mind wisdom in the
hope it helps.
Now I can almost guarentee that this is the hard bit, a few days in and reality is kicking in. Will power gets you so far, then its about shear determined effort even when the going gets rough. Now I and others around are all there to support, waving pom poms and yelling "go for it!" but that doesn't get away from that niggly voice in your head saying, "oo go on, just this one, it will be ok." So here's a little mind magic to help.
Tip 1 - We're amazing at giving ourselves excuses and reasons for everything. The fact is you're deciding to listen to that voice, even if it's just for a second. You control your mind and that's a fact. At a risk of sounding like Grange Hill, "just say NO". Tell yourself you aren't listening, aren't interested and change the subject. Give these thoughts no time or space. Once you stop telling yourself you could, might, maybe and start saying I'm a none smoking, don't like it, need it etc you'll be amazed at how different you start to feel.
Tip 2 - None of us do something for no reason. So what's your reason for smoking? A few minutes away from your busy day? A social catch up away from the bosses ear? A good catch up with mates? A way to calm yourself down? Whatever it is needs filling without the fags, depriving yourself makes your need for smoking worse. Chances are you're saying "oo I couldn't possibly do that without the fags." If you're saying that you're probably right. You won't be able to because you're constantly telling yourself you can't. Fill the emotion somewhere else and it won't be as hard to give up the smoking. Give your energy to saying you can do it, rather than how difficult or how you can't do it.
So keep going, remember why you decided to quit in the first place and keep telling yourself you can do it. Oo and save the money so you can treat yourself at certain intervals.
Here's to the next 4 weeks of being a none smoker.