Have you been fighting a battle against smoking but can’t seem to win? Have you spent your hard earned cash for various treatments and medications that have convinced smokers like you that they are 100% effective but don’t seem to have that much effect?
That’s because you really can’t quit smoking if you just rely purely on these therapies alone. You have to help yourself, because withdrawal symptoms are at their strongest when you’re not inside a clinic having your smoking cessation therapies.
Here are a few of the methods that smokers have used outside of their quit smoking therapies to win their battle to become a non smoker. Choose the one you’re most comfortable with or all 4 of them.
Every time you get the urge to puff, try to delay it. Say, delay it for a few minutes, to half an hour, to an hour, to a day. Delay it for as long as you can. This will help you strengthen your threshold against the cravings you are going through.
Do not get frustrated, however, if you can’t completely overcome the smoking addiction right away. It’s natural to relapse. A lot of smokers, especially those who’ve just begun to find the courage to quit, have a weaker threshold. So when the urge gets a grip on you and you simply can’t evade smoking by delaying it, than proceed to the second D- deep breathing.
Deep Breathing and meditation have long been proven to effectively help smokers kick the habit. They are perfect aids especially when you’re going through withdrawal symptoms. Smokers who try to quit often experience headaches, dizziness, and fidgeting, deep breathing and meditation can help you to relax yourself from within until the urge fades away.
Deep breathing and meditation work from the inside out, they help you focus on your inner strengths and identify your weaknesses- in this case, nicotine addiction. Quit smoking hypnosis is an excellent way to overcome the urges and to relax
If the urge to smoke is really bad and you have to do something about it, try drinking water instead. Water refreshes the body and flushes out toxins. It doesn’t give the same effects as nicotine but it can help to calm you down. Remember the longer you go without a smoke the sooner you’ll be able to overcome withdrawal symptoms, once the body has completely rid itself of nicotine the less you’ll want to smoke
Every time you can’t face the urge using the 3 steps mentioned above, you can always do something else and make it hard for you to smoke. Exercise, work out in the gym, help in doing household chores, paint, dance, do some gardening. Do anything that keeps your hands full and your mind preoccupied.
Combine these methods with a quit smoking program and you’ll be amazed at just how quickly you can become a healthy non smoker.
Contributed by guest blogger Christopher J Green