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Tuesday Trump #3: Easy Ways to Quit Smoking

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Today, let’s make a pledge to quit smoking. If you have tried to quit smoking and failed before, take comfort in the fact that most smokers fail several times before quitting successfully.
Your past failures are not a lesson that you are unable to quit. Instead, view them as part of the normal journey toward becoming a nonsmoker. Try to be an optimist and see a glass half filled rather than half-empty.

Why Quitting Is So Hard?

You’ve probably heard many times about the hazards of smoking. Not only does smoking harm nearly every organ in the body and cause a host of health problems, but it reduces physical well-being in general. But despite being well aware of the health consequences of smoking, and despite a strong desire to quit, kicking the habit is very hard for many smokers. This is because smoking is both physically and psychologically addictive. If you’re going to successfully stop smoking, you’ll need to understand both types of addiction and recognize the role each plays in the underlying reasons why you’ve smoked.

Here are 12 techniques that will help you quit the habit.

- Set a quit date.
T - Tell family, friends, and co-workers that you plan to quit.
A - Anticipate and plan for the challenges you’ll face while quitting.
R - Remove cigarettes and other tobacco products from your home, car, and work.
T - Talk to your doctor about getting help to quit.


1- Deep Breathing Perhaps The Single Most Powerful And Important Technique:

Every time you want a cigarette, do the following. Do it three times.

Inhale the deepest lung-full of air you can, and then, very slowly, exhale. Purse your lips so that the air must come out slowly. As you exhale, close your eyes, and let your chin gradually sink over onto your chest. Visualize all the tension leaving your body, slowly draining out of your fingers and toes, just flowing on out.

This is a variation of a yoga technique and is very relaxing. If you practice this, you’ll be able to use it for any future stressful situation you find yourself in. And it will be your greatest weapon during the strong cravings sure to assault you over the first few days.

2- Taking In Fluids:

The first few days, drink LOTS and LOTS of water and fluids to help flush out the nicotine and other poisons from your body.

Remember that the urge to smoke only lasts a few minutes, and will then pass. The urges gradually become farther and farther apart as the days go by.

3- Stay Away From Alcohol, Sugar And Coffee

Do your very best to stay away from alcohol, sugar and coffee the first week or longer, as these tend to stimulate the desire for a cigarette. Avoid fatty foods, as your metabolism will slow down a bit without the nicotine, and you may gain weight even if you eat the same amount as before quitting. So discipline about diet is extra important now. No one ever said acquiring new habits would be easy!

Nibble on low calorie foods like celery, apples and carrots. Chew gum or suck on cinnamon sticks.
Stretch out your meals; eat slowly and wait a bit between bites.
After dinner, instead of a cigarette, treat yourself to a cup of mint tea or a peppermint candy.

4- Taking An Oral Substitute

One can use cinnamon sticks, chewing gum or artificial cigarettes as a substitute. You will mostly find that after the first week of being a non smoker, you wouldn’t even need these.

Get Exercising

Go to a gym; sit in the steam, exercise. Change your normal routine – take time to walk or even jog around the block or in the local park.

6- Pamper Yourself

Go ahead and join a yoga class. Get yourself involved in a hobby.

7- Ask For Support

Ask for support from co-workers, friends and family members. Ask for their tolerance. Let them know you’re quitting, and that you might be edgy or grumpy for a few days. If you don’t ask for support, you certainly won’t get any. If you do, you’ll be surprised how much it can help. Take a chance – try it and see!
Ask friends and family members not to smoke in your presence. Don’t be afraid to ask. This is more important than you may realize.

8- Destroy All Your Cigarettes

On your quit day, hide all ashtrays and destroy all your cigarettes, preferably with water, so no part of them is smokable.

9- Write It Down

Write down ten good things about being a nonsmoker – and then write out ten bad things about smoking. Do it. It really helps.

10- Don’t Pretend

Don’t pretend smoking wasn’t enjoyable. In fact, it was. This is like losing a good friend – and its okay to grieve the loss. Feel that grief, don’t worry, its okay. Feel, and you heal. Stay with it – you can do it!

11- Affirm Yourself

Several times a day, quietly repeat to yourself the affirmation, “I am a nonsmoker.” Many quitters see themselves as smokers who are just not smoking for the moment. They have a self-image as smokers who still want a cigarette.

Silently repeating the affirmation “I am a nonsmoker” will help you change your view of yourself, and, even if it may seem silly to you, this is actually useful.

12- Holding Out

It’s vital to understand that from time to time, you will still be suddenly overwhelmed with a desire for “just one cigarette.” This will happen unexpectedly, during moments of stress, whether negative stress or positive (at a party, or on vacation). If you are unprepared to resist, succumbing to that “one cigarette” will lead you directly back to smoking.

Remember the following secret:-

In these surprise attacks do your deep breathing, and hold on for five minutes, and the urge will pass.

Researching how to quit smoking is one of the first steps for smoking cessation. Deciding on one of the ways to quit smoking is a bit more difficult, but with support and determination, it will make a lifetime of difference.

That was all about different ways to quit smoking. Hope many of us will follow these steps to quit smoking and make their life longer and better.


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4 Responses to “Tuesday Trump #3: Easy Ways to Quit Smoking”

  1. quit smoking says:

    Hi Fri..quit smoking is difficult..but not impossible.smoker need to struggle to avoid smoking then he will get good result..I have one more site which is about quit smoking..

  2. Anukrati says:

    yes frnd!
    ofcoz to..leave any habbit..its difficult but not impossible..the thing is that we can only help people in suggesting some ways….rest it depends on their will .

    I’ll check out that site as well. Thanks for sharing that with us

  3. Well yes and no. First of all, if you are not committed and not ready to take the plunge then there is no easy way to quit smoking for you. Nicotine is a highly addictive drug, as addictive as heroine and cocaine. But it isn’t only the nicotine addiction you got to get rid of. It is the whole social behavior among smoking.one good news is i gone through one site which is all about quit smoking.

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