Stop Smoking: Iliana

Iliana Gilman
Communications Director
Austin, TX

I have been a smoker for seventeen years and I felt out of control. Even though I had made a decision to quit smoking, I was smoking more. My thoughts and actions were two completely different things. I would wake up, put on my makeup and know that I was going to go upstairs to the bathroom and smoke. I noticed that my eyes would get swollen behind my sinuses as a direct result of smoking, it was happening regularly and really bothered me, but I still didn't stop. I quit cold turkey once and it was a lot of effort, eventually I went back to smoking again.

I work with a lot of psychologists and they spoke really highly of hypnosis. They believed in the practice and respected it, so I decided to look into it. I heard about A New Day Hypnosis on citysearch. I do yoga and I'm aware that it's difficult to have that kind of discipline and be tuned into your consciousness. I thought that hypnosis would require more work than I was able to give, so I was a little worried. After my first session, I had a different perspective and realized that smoking had more far-reaching effects than I had ever thought about. I stopped smoking the day after my session and noticed that I didn't want a cigarette. I felt more in control when I realized that I was able to control my thoughts and actions.

Changing my behaviors has helped a lot. I've been tobacco free for six weeks and that makes me proud. I don't have a tight chest the way that I used to and my sinuses are back to normal.

The most important benefit for me has been the renewed sense of self-awareness. I think that we get so used to doing a lot because there is so much to do. We have such an instant gratification lifestyle that we don't stop to think about why we are doing what we are doing. I feel very lucky that I found somebody that I could be open with and help me deal with the real issues that kept me smoking.

I've recommended A New Day Hypnosis to several people who want to stop smoking because I feel more in control now. I'm confident that I can continue with my progress because I've been able to do it this far.