Here are a couple of reminders and really simple tips to help you over the next few weeks:
1. The void will become less apparent each and every day. Keep focussing on positive new behaviours. What healthy behaviours do you want to introduce or improve on; drinking more water, exercising, reading, spending extra time with your children? Identify a couple of goals that you may want to concentrate on. Write them down and refer to them, put sticky notes around your house/office or schedule reminders on your phone..
2. Shift your physiology if you ever feel an urge or think you may get tempted to smoke; Again...... keep focussing on your new behaviours. Try these two tricks:
The 68 second smile is very effective in improving your state: hold the cheesiest, biggest grin possible (even though it hurts) for 68 seconds and then enjoy the good feeling that follows!
If you are anxious or highly stressed, take a moment and practise 7 second breathing: simply breathe in for the count of 7, hold for the count of 7, breathe out for the count of 7 and then hold again for 7 before repeating the cycle again 7 times.
These two little techniques are very effective in communicating with or “tricking” your subconscious mind that everything is fine and will help you achieve a much happier and calmer state.
3. Congratulate yourself for making the decision to quit and following through with it.... "Character is that quality of a person to stick to a decision, long after the mood in which it was made has passed."
Have a great day and if there is anything else we can do to be of service to you, please do not hesitate to contact us.