During our adult life we have many different experiences, we meet many people, and we also develop many habits which can sometimes be amazing and other times can be bad for us. One of the main bad habits which a lot of people come up against in their lifetimes is smoking. Smoking is one of those things which a lot of people try for one reason or another, and far too many of us become addicted to this toxic habit. If you smoke and you are looking for a way to quit this year, here are some of the things you can do to help.
1. Deep Breathing
It might sound like a cliche, however, deep breathing can solve a lot of mental issues and it can help us to cope and find the will to beat certain habits in our lives. If you smoke and you want to find a way to quit, try practicing deep breathing for 2-3 minutes whenever you feel like you want a cigarette. This will be difficult at first, however after some time you will be able to curb your cravings and at least start to cut down on your smoking each day.
2. Start To Cut Back
A lot of people on TV and Film seem to put out a cigarette one day and then magically never touch one again, and although this works for some: it doesn’t work for many. If you want to quit smoking easily and for the long haul, the best thing you can do to start with is find ways to cut down on your habit and gradually cut it out of your routine. You can think about different hobbies and nicotine products to help you cut down. For example e-cigarettes can help smokers quit over time and this can be a great way to ween yourself off it without cutting it out cold turkey.
3. Write Down Your Reasons
When it comes down to it, you will never be able to quit smoking if you don’t genuinely want to do so. Think about sitting down one day and writing down the reasons why you want to quit smoking. It might be for your health, because you don’t want to spend money, or because you want to make a good impression for your kids. Whatever your reasons might be, write them down and make sure that you pin it up somewhere you often visit during the day. This will give you a constant reminder of your goals and why you want to do this.
4. Pay Attention To Your Triggers
Smoking can be highly correlated with stress, and as a working adult you will likely go through a hell of a lot of stress during your lifetime. It is worth starting to worried down what you think causes the urge to smoke. For example, let’s say you’ve had a long day at work and you come outside to find that you’ve missed the bus. This can make you incredibly stressed and it might trigger the need to smoke. The key is to identify these triggers and realise that you aren’t smoking to smoke, you are smoking to calm down from a stressful situation. Once you realise this it will make quitting a lot easier.
5. Get Distracted
Sometimes all you need to stop yourself from indulging in a cigarette is a great distraction. When it comes to your busy schedule, it might be worth making time for a new hobby or activity to do during the week. It can be something you look forward to each week and it will also allow you to think about something else other than smoking. If you can give yourself many distractions you can cut out smoking and the need for a cigarette all together.
6. Visual Meditation
Sometimes what you need in order to distract yourself from the stresses of life and the need to smoke is something to look at. It might sound incredibly simplistic, however when you think about it, images and videos can provoke emotions in us at any time and they can make us feel more fulfilled and happy. Think about getting into a new show or film series, go outside and enjoy the beauty of nature and find things to stimulate your eyes and distract from your need to smoke.
7. Use Apps
Apps? We hear you say… how can apps possibly help us to quit smoking? Well, you may not have realised before, but there are apps out there which specialise in helping you to quit smoking for good. Smoke Free for example is an app which you can download which will give you tips and tricks as well as inspiration to help you stay in track with your goals and ensure that you can quit smoking as soon as possible for your own health and happiness.
8. Forget It
The main thing with a bad habit is the fact that it is often in the back of our minds and this can cause us to think about a bad habit irrationally at the wrong time and cause us to either drink or smoke or practice a bad habit more often. If you can distract yourself and forget about smoking altogether, this is what will allow you in the future to cut it out of your life entirely.
9. Visit An Acupuncturist
Acupuncture might not be the first thing that comes into your mind when it comes to quitting smoking, however acupuncture can have a lot of amazing health benefits as well as mental health benefits for your life. Acupuncture involves placing needles in different parts of the body in order to release pressure as well as stress and tension in the body. You can benefit in many ways from this, and from a smoking point of view it will also make you feel more relaxed and balanced in your body and therefore it will allow you to stop relying on the habit.
We all know that yoga can help us to beat stress and give us some flexibility and strength in the body, but did you know it can also help you to stop thinking about smoking. As we spoke of before, smoking is often related heavily to stress and it is often a huge trigger when thinking of lighting up. If you are in a stressful job or a low point in your life you will struggle quitting more than if you were happy and relaxed. Think about practising yoga for just 15 minutes every day or for an hour a couple of times a week and you will reduce stress, improve your mood and be able to quit smoking a lot easier.
11. Give Yourself Some Credit
It is so important when it comes to making a big change in your lifestyle that you take your time to do it. You need to be nice to yourself when it comes to changing a habit and be patient as both your mind and your body adjusts to the change. This will allow you to complete your goals much more easily. If you make a mistake and fall back a couple of steps in your goals you need to be patient and be good to yourself. Don’t blame yourself for the mistake and give up as a result, instead make sure that you pick yourself back up, acknowledge your mistake and carry on. You will get there eventually and you will kick this bad habit once and for all.
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