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Bad breath, serious risks of cancer, heart disease and a host of other medical problems are all the gifts you have to look forward to for being a smoker. You would think smoking might be one of the easier habits to kick! The cons outweigh the pros a million to none but not accepting addiction as a seriously compelling force is the first mistake one might make while trying to give the habit up.
Just reading this means that you’ve taken the important first step on the path to quitting. If you’re reading this for a friend or relative, pass this along--but without any associated judgment. Just make it clear that you’re there for them.
All those yogis and spiritual floozies were not wrong about one thing and that’s the power of breathing. In any fearful situation (yes, giving up an addiction is a very scary moment in most addicts’ lives) focusing on your breath has always been found to be extremely helpful. Slow, deep breaths as a physical action trick your mind and the rest of your body into instantly calming down. With a scientific backing like that who are we to deny the positive effects of a good breathing technique?
A Planned Break-up
It’s vital to plan the date you have decided to quit. The first smoke-free moment of the rest of your life needs to be penned into your calendar if you’re going to prepare and be ready for it. The time in between will give you some much-needed ‘last moments’ with this long-term relationship you have shared with cigarettes and leave you instilled with more will-power. Now if only we could apply this one to real relationships!
Tell as many people as you can about your new kick-the-butt habit. This works in 3 ways: One, you might garner more support and you can never have too much of that when you’re trying to do something this difficult. Two, you’ll end up putting a little pressure on yourself which can be very useful. If you back down on your word you’ll feel the weakness and this should/would encourage you to stay strong. Three, people will stop enabling your habit by smoking around you or offering you cigarettes.
Talk and Sweet Therapy
Talk out all the stress you feel regarding this decision. Discuss any anxieties, worries and problems as well. Talking will keep your mouth occupied (something orally-fixated people need to do to fight the urge to smoke) and simultaneously relax you just by acknowledging these issues, which, as any ridiculously expensive therapist will tell you, is always the first step. If you miss having something in your hands, try smoke-free cigarettes. These deliver doses of nicotine, the powerful drug you're addicted to, without the harmful effects of the smoke. Nicotine by itself is also harmful, so you can wean yourself off this gradually. Another option for the orally fioxated? You may laugh, but they work: lollipops.
Changing your view of yourself may appear silly, if not impossible, but it is a tried and tested method that definitely works. Keep quietly repeating the following words to yourself: “I am a non-smoker.” About 10 times a day, for a few weeks should begin to make a dent in your cemented opinion about your own image of being a ‘smoker.’
Create a comprehensive list of why you want to quite smoking. It can include just about anything that is personal to you, so be honest as it isn’t for anyone else’s eyes. Once you have created this, make copies and leave them in places you would normally look for cigarettes, like your car, drawer, bathroom, bedside table, etc. P.S. You can also include a list of 10 things you love about not smoking.
Stay Away From Stimulants
Alcohol, sugar, coffee etc. are all strict no nos for at least a week to ten days after quitting. All of these can strongly stimulate the desire or increase the cravings for a cigarette. Once you feel as though you’ve gained some control and composure you can gradually include them in your lifestyle again--’gradually’ being the key here.
Many people find taking oral substitutes for cigarettes extremely helpful. They can vary from cinnamon sticks, to nicotine gum to artificial cigarettes. Do some research, try some out and see what works best for you. Just keep that mouth occupied with something else!
For the first few days post quitting, flush your system of all the toxins (including nicotine) with loads of water and fluids (no, this does not include alcohol). You’ll feel much better and your body will be better equipped to deal with the changes coming its way.
Give up and Grieve
Finally, a truly important step which most people don’t allow themselves – Grieve! Don’t pretend you didn’t love smoking or even enjoy it. It made many a stressful day much better, not to mention enjoyable! You deserve a mourning period to grieve the loss of a serious, long-term relationship. It’s all part of the process.
Incorporate these small and easy tips in your quest to quit smoking and we guarantee a full turnaround. ‘Be strong, live long.’ Let that be your mantra for today.
Quitting benefits over time
20 minutes after quitting -- Your heart rate and blood pressure drops.
12 hours after quitting -- The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
2 weeks to 3 months after quitting -- Your circulation improves and your lung function increases.
1 to 9 months after quitting -- Coughing and shortness of breath decrease; cilia (tiny hair-like structures that move mucus out of the lungs) regain normal function in the lungs, increasing the ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce the risk of infection.
1 year after quitting -- The excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker's.
5 years after quitting -- Your stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker 5 to 15 years after quitting.
10 years after quitting -- The lung cancer death rate is about half that of a continuing smoker's. The risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, cervix, and pancreas decrease.
15 years after quitting -- As vulnerable to coronary heart disease as a nonsmoker.
That’s all for now. Good Luck!
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