Question for you:
Are you a smoker?
Did you used to smoke?
Do you know someone who smokes or has smoked?
Chances are you answered yes to this question. We have all been affected by smoking in one way or another.
I personally can’t stand smoking. I don’t like the smell nor what it can do to someone’s health. I work in the cancer field so I have seen the damage it can do. I would love to have everyone who smokes break the habit and I would like those agencies and companies that make money from the industry find a new way to collect their profits.
No that my rant is done, I wanted to talk to you today about quitting smoking in a natural way. Yes it is possible. Tell everyone you know that smokes that they can be smoke free.
There are many ideas on how to quit smoking; some very successful and others are dismal failures. These days there are drugs to help you quit but many people prefer to use a natural method that doesn’t involve medication. Here are some ways you can quit smoking naturally.
- Consult a counselor. There are specialist psychologists and psychiatrists who are trained in helping people overcome an addiction, which is what smoking is. These professionals have a good success rate with their methods.
- Join a support group. The support and advice you can receive from the members of a quit smoking support group could be the key to helping you kick the habit. You also get the satisfaction of knowing that you have helped someone else stop smoking.
- Take a quit smoking course. There are many education courses that are designed to help smokers quit for good.. These education courses seem to have a good success rate and are useful when used in conjunction with lifestyle changes. You can find free quit smoking courses and videos on the internet.
- Learn to manage stress. Stress is possibly the main reason that people go back to smoking after having given it up. Being able to manage your stress levels will help you quit for good. There are courses you can take about stress management which will teach you the skills you need.
- Take up a new hobby or sport. When you start something new, you are usually totally consumed by it and this intensity can help keep your mind off wanting to smoke.
- Learn relaxation techniques like meditation. Meditation allows you to relax deeply which helps relieve the cravings. You could also be sign up for a weekly yoga or tai chi class; these ancient arts are designed to still the mind and bring the mind, body and spirit into balance. Improving my mediation practice is one of my 2012 projects.
- Start a new fitness program. This is the perfect time to get fit, now that you are quitting smoking. Book into a series of classes or hire the services of a personal trainer who will be able develop a structured fitness program suited to you. As your fitness improves, you will experience the numerous benefits of regular exercise and this will help keep you cigarette-free.
- Improve your diet. When you quit smoking, you put your body under stress as your system tries to adapt to being free from the effects of nicotine. When stressed, the body needs extra vitamin C, B vitamins and magnesium. Ensure that you include increased amounts of foods that are rich in these nutrients to help your body adjust. Vitamin C-rich foods include berries, blackcurrants, citrus fruits, capsicum and broccoli. Magnesium is found in nuts, especially almonds and cashews, green leafy vegetables and whole grains. Foods that are high in the B vitamins include eggs, meat, dairy, whole grains, legumes, broccoli, bananas and potatoes. If you start to eat more after you stop smoking, try eating 6 smaller meals a day to prevent hunger pangs. I do this and it works wonders. Include lean protein and complex carbohydrates in each meal to keep you feeling fuller for a longer period. Try fruit smoothies, nuts or dried fruit for snacks to keep hunger away.
- Acupuncture: this ancient Chinese treatment method is effective in treating a wide range of conditions and many smokers have found that it has helped them kick their habit. It is enhanced when used in conjunction with an education course on quitting smoking.
- Hypnotherapy: this therapy has a good success rate for helping smokers quit although it isn’t effective with everyone.
You might find that a combination of these strategies gives you the best results. Give yourself the best possibility of succeeding by having a positive mental attitude and being determined to quit smoking for good. Seek support from family and friends, unless they are smokers. In fact, you need to keep away from the people you used to smoke with and the places and situations that entice you to smoke.
Believe me though, it is possible to quit. You can overcome it and start living a healthier life. And if you don’t believe me, hear it from my friend Mr. SPF from Sustainable Personal Finance who quit smoking last January and has been smoke free ever since. Click here for his story.
So, have you tried quitting smoking? What has and has not worked for you?