How to stop?

Why do you smoke?

Now, this is a little complicated and we cannot give you the answer to this question. But what you need to find out is why do you find the need to smoke. Smoking gives you feeling of energy, alertness or happiness. Why do you think you need this feeling?

A large number of people smoke because their problem is stress. They see the “good feeling” that nicotine gives them as a way to cope with stress. That is why they smoke.

Why do you smoke? There must be a reason why you smoke. Find it out. If you too smoke because of stress, then it makes sense to deal with your stress problem. If you do not, so long as you have your stress problem, you will want to escape it by smoking.

One of the best ways to find out why you feel the need for smoking is to observe yourself and to see at what point of your day do you start smoking. What makes you want do this? Basically, you need to observe yourself and decide the answer to this question. Then you must solve the problem that causes you to smoke.

If you have a problem of dealing with stress, we recommend that you check out this article.

Avoid the rationalizations

Once you stop smoking, you will initially have to fight the very strong feeling that will try to get you to smoke again. Your mind will try to trick you into smoking by rationalizing it. Here are some common things that you might try to convince yourself about:

  • I’ll just use it to get through this rough spot.
  • Today is not a good day; I’ll quit tomorrow.
  • It's my only bad quality.
  • How bad is it, really? My uncle smoked all his life and he lived to be over 90.
  • You've got to die of something.
  • Life is no fun without smoking.

We are telling you this so that you know it is coming. You should know that this is what to expect. You should know that you must not convince yourself about these things. These are just tricks that your mind will try to play on you. Do not give in!

There are some other things that you can expect when you just quit smoking like anxiety, depression, stress etc. These will come initially. Be prepared for them.

Simple breathing technique

Here is a simple breathing technique to deal with the urges to smoke that you will have:

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. Tighten your lips so that the air can 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.

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 increase the desire for a cigarette. Avoid fatty foods, as your metabolism will slow down a bit without the nicotine, and you may gain weight.

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.

Distract yourself. Make friends. Take a new class. Do whatever you need to do. But do not touch a cigarette.

As the month progresses, the urge to have a cigarette will go on reducing. At the end of the month, your body should be back to normal. Now, what is left is in your head. Now, if you even try to smoke once, you will be hooked so do not even touch a cigarette.

All this is much easier to say than do. These are just “tips” that sound good. YOU need to implement them. Forget everything else. For the first month, DO NOT TOUCH CIGERRETTS!

Print out and put up signs in your office, in your house, on your vehicle, everywhere. Tell the whole world that you are quitting. With enough dedication, we are sure you will be able to.


Jai Hind

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Table Of Contents

  1. How to quit smoking? - Introduction
  2. The bad effects of smoking!!
  3. Why is it sooo hard to quit smoking?
  4. How to stop?