You know what happens to your body when you Quit Smoking. But still, as you read this your palms become sweaty and your anxiety levels are on par with your blood pressure levels. Imagine having to give up that packet of smokes lying in front of you. Maybe it’s been something you have done for years. Maybe you have tried to give up several times. It doesn’t matter. Let’s just focus on the right here and right now.
It can be said that possibly not enough recognition is given to the fact that nicotine dependency is a serious addiction! Smoking is often seen as a really bad habit, and smokers should be able to drop that and Quit Smoking in a much simpler way than say cocaine. Add to that the many gums, sprays and patches available to help you wean yourself off cigarettes and the general consensus is that it’s something you can ace alone. Right? WRONG. It’s not just a case of a bit of a struggle for a few weeks and you are good to go. There is, on the whole none of the medical and moral support and understanding given to other substance abusers (e.g. alcoholics, heavy drug users etc.)
So, then, what do we do about it? If you want to Quit Smoking Well read on. We may have a bit of a push, a bit of a shove and a bit of a helping hand for you if quitting is what you want to do. Disclaimer: It’s not going to make it easier – but if you are serious, the following tips and advice may help in a real way.
Firstly ask yourself. Why do you want to give up? Like all addictions you must be the person that wants to quit. Peer pressure, awkward family conversations and someone else telling you to quit equals a recipe for disaster because you need to do it for you.
Let’s talk facts for a second:
Facts about the devastating things smoking can and will do to you is a great motivator towards quitting. Ponder upon these facts for a moment:
– Smoking is the most important risk factor for cancer and heart disease. If you dont Quit Smoking you are about three to five times more likely to contract cancer or heart disease than non-smokers.
– Tobacco smoke contains more than 4000 chemicals and 50 of these have been identified as carcinogens. Gross.
– Smokers have increased rates of other cancers, including cancer of the mouth, larynx, throat, liver, kidney, bladder, oesophagus, pancreas, cervix, stomach, colon and rectum. Smokers are also at greater risk for leukaemia.
– Smokers are twice as likely to die from cancer as non-smokers.
– Smoking contributes significantly to the development of high blood pressure and hardening of the arteries.
– Smoking causes chronic lung disorders like emphysema, asthma and bronchitis.
– Smoking causes impotence and erectile dysfunction in men and low libido in men and women. It can also contribute toward difficulties in falling pregnant and birth defects.
And it’s not just medical:
here are some aesthetic issues you will have to deal with as if you are a smoker and you don’t Quit Smoking:
– Smoking causes premature wrinkling,
– Smokers have yellow teeth, and foul-smelling breath, hair and clothes.
– It costs a lot. But that’s obvious. Often our wallets are the loudest reminders that smoking isn’t a good idea.
Oh and smoking is quite selfish. Smoking is bad for your family and those around you
- Children of smokers are far more likely to develop asthma and other chronic respiratory infections than those of non-smokers.
- They are also more prone to colds and flu and lose more time off school.
- Exposed to second-hand tobacco smoke on a daily basis, children also have higher risks of developing all the cancers, disorders and other medical conditions mentioned earlier in this post.
So here are a few tips to get you started:
Get hold of Houghton House Addiction recovery Centres and chat to them about their Smoking Cessation Programme. Talking to a professional is half the battle. Remember, you don’t need to Quit Smoking and fight this battle on your own.
- Think of a day to Quit Smoking. Make sure it’s around a month from when you decide to make a date. This gives you four weeks to prepare for nicotine withdrawal.
- Make a list of all the reasons why you want to stop smoking and read this list every day.
- Stick post its of these reasons everywhere. On your fridge, dashboard of your car, your computer screen, the mirror. Everywhere.
- TELL PEOPLE. No really, tell a dozen people around you that you are going to stop and on what day that will be.
- Find and make a note of the times and places which you associate with cigarettes. Think lunch breaks, first thing in the morning, after work etc. During the first four weeks leading up to your day when you decide to Quit Smoking don’t smoke at those times or at those places. This helps you to break the ‘habit smoking’ while still allowing you to smoke.
- Get moving! Start an exercise program and maybe find a new hobby. The exercise will improve mood and motivation levels and also gets you feeling healthy and more confident. Try doing it every day for at least 30 minutes. Take up an interesting hobby, preferably one that you can do with your hands but don’t be too fussy. Throw some money at it and remember, once you Quit Smoking you will have some extra cash!
We strongly advise that if you want to Quit Smoking seriously, get hold of us so we can guide you towards the best path for your new life. Smoking is a difficult addiction to quit, but it can be done with a little perseverance and help!
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