Stop Smoking Article
Making Smoking A Thing Of The Pastby HealthyLivingTrends.com
Quitting smoking is the dream of many smokers. They want to quit, they know the health dangers, but actually quitting seems to be beyond their reach. Here is an approach you may want to try. Rather than emotional pitches or positive thinking, think about quitting through an incremental plan of small actions. Make a straightforward, rational plan that progresses from one small step to another until they add up to changing the habit. Smoking is a habit. It inhabits the physical body. It is not impressed by wishful thinking. It responds better to concrete actions.
The smoking habit is very hard to quit "cold turkey." You need to find a substitute for a while. The body does not want to give up an ingrained habit. But it will accept a substitution. Some people use nicotine gum, or just plain gum. This gives you something to reach for when you have the urge to smoke. Wearing a nicotine patch can help, but you still need some physical object to substitute for the cigarette. Some people carry pieces of hard candy with them, or a note they can pull out of their pocket, a note listing the reasons they want to quit smoking. Each time they pull out the note and do not smoke a cigarette, they put a star on the paper. When they earn ten stars, they get a reward. There are any number of actions that can be devised. Devise one of your own and stick with it. For each week without a cigarette, promise yourself a day of vacation, a day at the spa, or some other reward. Soon you will be looking forward to these rewards rather than to smoking.
E-cigarettes are an electronic, smokeless substitute. They work for some people. But many places ban them, just like regular cigarettes.
Over the years, smoking becomes a way to handle stress. You reach for a cigarette as an outlet, or as a way of compensating yourself for stress. This is how smoking became such a positive thing to you. This does not really make sense, for smoking actually is doing you harm, not bringing you relief from stress. Talk sense to yourself about this. Better yet, join a support group for people quitting smoking and get reinforcement from your fellow sufferers.
Stopping this habit requires a patient process. Because it is ingrained in your physical body, you will not completely lose your craving for a cigarette until you have been tobacco-free for a period of time. Your body takes some time to forget its habitual response. But substituting a different habit, as mentioned above, can speed up this time.
As you are fighting the smoking habit, start new habits that will improve your health and help undo the harm done by smoking. Work on improving your eating and sleeping habits. Take a yoga class or use meditation to strengthen your resolve. Imaging yourself rejecting a cigarette and seeing your lungs being cleansed can help. Take deep breaths and visualize the smoke damage being removed from your lung tissue.
These tips can help get you started on the path to being a non-smoker. Take control of your habits and your life. Soon you will reap the rewards of better health.