Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Smoking Attitude

Do not think that it is not possible for you to quit smoking cigarettes but it is true that there are many chain smokers, who have quit smoking. The only thing one needs to quit smoking is the determination and once you achieve your goal then you will feel happy and happy.

Truth is, most smokers do understand. They also understand the huge financial toll of smoking, with a pack of 20 cigarettes costing $7 in some areas (imagine: $2,500 spent a year on cigarettes by pack-a-day smokers -- often people of only modest resources).

To successfully detach from smoking, you will need to identify and address your smoking habits, the true nature of your dependency, and the techniques that work for you. These types of questions can help:

* Do you feel the need to smoke at every meal?
* Are you more of a social smoker?
* Is it a very bad addiction (more than a pack a day)?
* Is your cigarette smoking linked to other addictions?

Take the time to think of what kind of smoker you are, which moments of your life call for a cigarette, and why. This will help you to identify which tips, techniques or therapies may be most beneficial for you.

Most people who quit successfully have learned that smoking cessation is 99 percent attitude. Stop thinking of quitting tobacco as a loss, or as something impossible, and start thinking of it as the beginning of freedom and a long healthy life.

When a person quits "cold turkey", they don't use quit aids containing nicotine to help ease physical withdrawal. The biggest advantage of quitting cold turkey is that most of the nicotine from tobacco is out of the bloodstream within 3 days. Nicotine withdrawal symptoms tend to be more intense than if a nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) was used, but they are shorter-lived. This quit smoking method has a high rate of success when combined with a cessation program involving education, support, and determination.

Quit when you're in a good mood. Studies find that you're less likely to be a successful quitter if you quit when you're depressed or under a great deal of stress.

Prepare a list of things to do when a craving hits

Suggestions include:
take a walk, drink a glass of water, throw the ball for the dog, wash the car, clean out a cupboard or closet, chew a piece of gum, wash your face, brush your teeth, take a nap, get a cup of coffee or tea, practice your deep breathing, light a candle. Make copies of the list and keep one with you at all times so when the craving hits, you can whip out the list and quickly do something from it.

If you relapse, just start again. You haven't failed. Some people have to quit as many as eight times before they are successful.

This Article was written by Michelle People's Natural Living

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