Trying To Stop Smoking? Look To These Excellent Tips!
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Image by sweethell
"i wrote with smoke
in the margins of my life
knowing that the future and the past
are all one
and that the moment NOW is all we ever have
looking for lovers on the blink rims of our lives
writing with smoke on the ceilings of our lives"
excerpt from "smoke", by erica jong.
disclaimer: i am NOT advocating smoking here. the model on the photos is my husband, and since we started dating i’ve been trying to make him quit smoking. but since he still does, i thought i should portray the beauty in it (yes, there is beauty in it, i’m not an hypocrite) before he finally does quit.
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No matter how much willpower you have, it’s difficult to quit smoking. Even if you really want to quit, something can always draw you back if you’re not prepared. Read on for some advice about how to detach emotionally from smoking so that you can permanently quit.
Instead of committing to smoking, make a life commitment to exercise. You will quickly see how your body is improving when you work out regularly. The more your body heals from smoking’s negative effects, the more energy you’ll have for exercising. As your body regains its strength from your new exercise regime, you will be unlikely to want to ruin this by taking up smoking once more.
Call someone for help and support when your willpower weakens and you are close to having a cigarette. Make the effort to discuss your emotions and reactions in regard to your weakening determination with a friend or someone in your family. Spending time on the phone will distract you while the craving passes, and it is good to know you have support in your battle with nicotine.
It is very important to know what challenges may arise as you make your decision to quit smoking. A lot of people who try to quit smoking, but fail, usually start smoking again after only a few months. It can be incredibly tempting to give into the urge for a cigarette if you are stressed or tired. Learn which triggers are especially threatening.
Add plenty of fresh veggies, fruits, and nuts to your diet while you are trying to lose your smoking habit. There are various reasons why eating these healthy, low-calorie foods help you while you are trying to quit. If you have something to occupy your mouth and hands, you can substitute the behavior of smoking. Eating this type of a diet can also minimize the weight that you might gain. The nutrients and vitamins even help you feel better during withdrawal.
Get plenty of sleep if you want to quit smoking. Don’t allow yourself to become overly fatigued. When your body is telling you that you need to sleep, listen. Some quitters have found that sleeping helps them to pass the time they need to get some distance between themselves and the date of the quit. Not only this, but your body can use the rest time to heal faster.
If you suffer from an addiction to cigarettes and you’re a good writer, try writing yourself a song or a poem about what it means for you to quit smoking. Read it every day. This can be a very beneficial way to help quit smoking, from a mental perspective.
If you really want to quit smoking, get good at quitting. Most people who try to quit will fail on the first and second times. When you decide to quit smoking, take it day by day. If you do experience a setback, set a quit date and get back on track. Each time you quit, learn from your previous mistakes, and make the quit last longer. Eventually, you will get good at doing this, and you will quit and not go back.
Change your outlook if you want to quit with nothing more than willpower. If you look at smoking as something you take day by day, you will have an easier time succeeding. You can also use cognitive behavioral therapy concepts to replace your smoking habit with healthier life choices.
When you stop smoking, it does not have to cause stress or seem unattainable. It’s possible to quit through confidence and determination. Start your quest by utilizing the tips provided above into your daily routine today. You will be surprised to learn all you are capable of doing when determination sets in.