Yesterday, I was gifted with a Free Hypnosis session for smoking cessation. Having never had mush by way of past success from hypnotherapy, but I was willing to give it a try, especially when it is the generous gift of my partner here in the Wellness Center. While I was not sure immediately after the session that I had, in fact, been hypnotized, I can say that today I am cigarette free. Thanks to Valerie Hoffman and her student, Tom, for giving me this chance at a smoke free life!
The tobacco and I have been in a love/hate relationship since 1975 when I smoked the first of approximately 292,000 cigs in my life thus far. What was once the mark of a ‘cool’ kid has become a crutch, an addiction that no one should have to endure. It has costed me time, money, convenience, and good health on more than one occasion and I AM OVER IT! I am using a combination of Chantix, hypnosis, and will power. And, this time, it will stick!
I have, on 3 or 4 occasions, quite over the years. I believe the last time was 5 years ago around the time of my mother’s passing. You see, when life throws you a curve ball, it is easy to fall back into your old habits; whether they are of harm or benefit to you seems unimportant in the short term. All you want is the comfort of familiarity. Once the trauma of that moment lapses, however, why do we continue to do things that harm us? Good question and one worthy of consideration by us all.
Are you participating in destructive behaviors that are limiting your ability to be free, happy, and healthy? If so, what are they AND what are you willing to try to rid them from your life?
Do you readily accept that these habits or behaviors as ‘just the way it is’? OR…
Do you acknowledge that you are IN CHARGE OF YOUR LIFE and that the object of your obsession is not?! This time, maybe I will get wit the program, too!
Tonight as you fall asleep, think about what is limiting your happiness. YOU are the answer and there are people out there who will help and support you. Share your concerns and goals with others and you will have an army of warriors on your side! May you have a fantastic tomorrow!