A hypnotherapist who used to puff 40 a day, Max has helped 50,000 people kick the habit, including actor Ewan McGregor.
He uses a combination of hypnotherapy, cognitive behavioural and psychological methods, dubbed the Kirsten Technique, which encourages smokers to tap into their subconscious minds to change their bad habits.
Max’s technique can also help smokers quit without the usual, unwanted weight gain and unpleasant physical withdrawals, although results may vary.
Here, Max reveals his plan to Sun readers.
Step 1: Prepare to quit
- Switch to another brand for seven days before your quit date to make smoking less enjoyable.
- Focus on all the positive benefits of quitting smoking. It will improve your health, sleep, appearance and bank balance.
- List your reasons for quitting and keep it handy to re-read.
- The day before you stop smoking, try to take a small “sip” of pure water before each single puff. Notice the difference.
- Research smoking: Find out what’s really hidden in a cigarette, the cancer-causing chemicals, the poisons – and smoke while you are reading about it.
- Drop all your smoked cigs or cigars into a bottle filled with water and watch it becoming more and more disgusting for about a week after you give up.
- Work out how much money you will save in a year by quitting.
- Plan and set your stop date – then stick to it. It is the date you have chosen to save your health, your lungs and your life. Remember it each year. Each year this date will get more valuable to you.
- Throw away all tobacco-related products ready to give up. Keep nothing – no e-cigs, nicotine gums or sprays. Commit to quit!
- Tell everyone what date you are quitting. Ask friends and family to respect and support you.
Step 2: Become a non-smoker
- Reset your mindset – You need to think of yourself as a non-smoker from the moment you stop. You can do this by using my Quit Smoking Now app, which has three hypnotherapy audio sessions designed to help you stop and stay stopped.
- Leave your nicotine addiction behind – A withdrawal process from nicotine addiction is unavoidable when you quit. Willpower and determination will be required from you at this stage.
Eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruit and veg, take regular walks and cut back on caffeine.
- Dealing with cravings – Remember the four D’s when a craving hits:
–Delay – the worst cravings last only a few minutes, you can ride it out.
–Deep breathing – relax and focus your mind on something else.
–Drink water – flush nicotine and toxins out of your body.
–Do something else – replace the habit of holding a cigarette with something else, like a pen or beads.
- Tips for new non-smokers – Avoid smokers and smoky environments for a while.
– Assert your right not to smoke and not to breathe other people’s smoke.
– Develop a new hobby to increase the quality of your life.
– Remove yourself from stressful situations if possible.
– Get your teeth professionally cleaned and clean your teeth straight after a meal.
EWAN MCGREGOR SAYS:
TRAINSPOTTING and Star Wars actor Ewan McGregor says:
“I used Max Kirsten’s app to give up smoking. I was a heavy smoker – I liked smoking and I didn’t want to give up.
“I found it very difficult to stop until I met Max and listened to his app and I found it thereafter quite easy to give up.
“Once you’ve stopped smoking, if you’re thinking about it again you can listen to his app and it takes away those cravings.
“Last year I directed my first movie (American Pastoral) . . . and I fell back into smoking.
“But after three or four months I wanted to be a non-smoker again, so I just got Max’s app out again.
“I had a good listen to it and I found it very, very easy to then give up.
“If you want to give up smoking and you get Max’s app I can guarantee it will be very, very helpful.”
YOU can download Max’s app now for the special offer price of £2.99* instead of the normal £4.99.
Visit the iTunes App store and search for “Max Kirsten” or “Quit Smoking Now with Max Kirsten” to download.
Or visit maxkirsten.com and get the MP3 pack (Enter discount code: SUN2017) at checkout.
Many thanks to The Sun Newspaper for the health article 17th January 2o17
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