While you are trying to quit smoking by Nicotine Replacement Therapy, Hypnosis or the Cold Turkey method, below are some hints and strategies in aiding you to stop smoking. The more you practice these methods, the chances for you to quit smoking increases as it becomes easier to put the cigarette away. It is entirely up to you.
Becoming a smoker is like putting stabilizers on your bicycle wheels, of which you may find it hard to balance without smoking. So when you do smoke, the balance is reached again.
Now when one smokes, more than half of what they he or she breaths would be fresh air, from the cigarette right into the lungs. This can be overcome by taking in deep breaths. Start to start three deep breaths. Whenever you are doing this, you are pumping more oxygen into your blood stream. Taking deep breaths can also change the way you feel almost immediately, easing the cravings a little, making it easier to quit smoking.
Write down all the reasons of why you don’t like smoking and why you want to quit smoking. It could be easily tired, unhealthy, increase risk of contracting cancer, bad odor and so on. On the other side of the paper, write down all the reasons of why you will feel good when you quit smoking. Look at the piece of paper from time to time.
Your mind is sensitive to associations that can lead you to smoke. It is therefore crucial to remove and clear any cigarette or tobacco products from your environment both from your workplace and at home. You can start by throwing away ashtrays, old lighters and anything that you used to associate with smoking. If your lighter is an expensive one and you wish to keep it, empty the lighter and make sure there is no lighter fuel or fluid in it.
Start enhancing your environment with aroma products, as it will help to ease the cravings.
Drink lots of fluid. In fact if it is possible at all, drink plenty of fruit juice. During the transition of quitting smoking, your body goes through a change such as blood sugar level tends to decrease. Drinking fruit juice contains fructose which restores your blood sugar levels which can help clear out impurities and toxic. Eat fruits everyday for the duration of 2 weeks until you have completely stopped.
Get social support. This is to commit yourself to quit smoking. Because your sense of responsibility has significantly increase when you share your commitments with your family and friends. Let them enlighten you with their opinions and support. It will make a world of a difference and much easier to quit smoking.
Reward and congratulate yourself. Each time you pass a certain phase, such as not smoking for a day, a week, a month, 6 months and so on, reward yourself. Let yourself know you effort is paying off and how great it feels to achieve it.
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