Calm Cravings and Stop Smoking Using the Emotional Freedom Technique.

Do you want to stop smoking?   How would it feel to achieve your goal? What would you do with the money you save? How would your health and life improve?

This simple four step approach could save you from frustration, disappointment and failure.

If you smoke, you might decide to stop. But if you smoke to feel comforted, relaxed and happy, unless you come up with another way to relax and feel happy it’s unlikely you’ll stick to your plan. Using the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) you can calm and clear your emotional triggers that sabotage your good intentions and ultimately keep you reaching for a cigarette.

NICOTINE ADDICTION AND WITHDRAWAL

Smoking is classed as a physical addiction which means your body adapts to the nicotine. Because of this as a smoker you’ll suffer from withdrawal when you stop.

It usually takes about 2/3 days to get through nicotine withdrawal. So the physical side effects are usually gone within a few days after your last cigarette. Your body doesn’t miss the nicotine anymore!

CRAVINGS

So what else is going on? Now the remaining addiction is psychological and revolves around cravings.

People often say cravings are the hardest thing to manage when trying to quit and cravings can sometimes last for years!

Using EFT you can calm your cravings…….. Take back control and …….feel like you’re making a choice.

STEP 1 – TAKE TIME TO NOTICE

What happens immediately before your craving for a cigarette.

Notice how and when you smoke, write it down and see if a pattern forms. Is it stress? Boredom? Just a habit? Identify the trigger and then tap to reduce the feeling.

WHAT’S YOUR STORY? – “I can’t stop smoking because……..!” “I want to stop smoking but……..!” What’s the story you tell yourself?

MOTIVATION – What’s driving your desire to stop smoking?

The more it’s about you and what you want the more likely you are to keep sticking to your goal. You may have some hidden resistance towards being told what to do.   Tapping to remove the resistance allows you to make a choice to stop, or not, based on your own desire rather than as a means to please or oppose someone else.

STEP 2 – GET FOCUSED

When I work with clients we focus on four elements that make up their story around smoking.

  1. The symptoms or side effects of your situation now. Feel unwell, family are nagging you to stop, Becoming too expensive
  2. The emotions that come up for you when you think about smoking. Maybe it’s more the anticipation rather than smoking itself. Maybe its the smell when you first light up. Or even the feel of the paper as you roll a cigarette The events – the things people have said to you, experiences. You were one of the cool kids. You get to have time out of work with the other smokers. What the doctor said.
  3. Beliefs turned into facts – What you have made your experiences mean – Everyone in my family smokes. My Dad smoked and never got sick. Smoking is part of a good night out. Write these thoughts and ideas down as they come to you. Don’t keep them in your head. You’ll be surprised at how the thoughts link together when you look at what you’ve written.

STEP 3 – THE GOOD, THE BAD AND……?

Good things – Write down 5 good things about giving up smoking. (‘I won’t have to spend all this money on cigarettes’ isn’t a positive, ‘I will have extra money to spend on myself’ is.)

Bad things – Now write down 5 bad things, eg: My friends or colleagues won’t support me.

STEP 4 -MINDMAP   Have you ever created a mindmap? MindmapDon’t worry a list will do but the important thing is to map your flow of ideas around your smoking habit as you focus on the steps above. You’re creating your Tapping Map. The whys and whens supporting your addiction. Then using EFT, focus on each aspect, event and belief and keep tapping until you no longer feel or think that way. Yes it will take time and effort if you are working on your own but if you are committed to stop, starting with your cravings is the first major step. Good luck!  Diana

Diana Rickman OfficialEFT3.v3If you’d like to take control of your cravings with EFT please visit my website www.dianarickman.com or call me on 021 230 3446

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