Saturday, 2 January 2010

Quit Smoking

Being the begining of a new year if you are a smoker you are probably likely to have a new years resolution to Quit Smoking.

I have been a smoker twice now in my life, I am nearly 45 and beaten the addiction twice, this time I will not be conned into starting again.

I became a smoker late, I was 17 and at college, all my friends were doing it so I felt I should give it a go, I remember that first cigarette, it make me physically sick, do you remember being sick when you first smoked?

Undeterred I kept going, I was soon a 20 a day habit and was slowly affecting my health, 5 years later, by this time working full time in an office and I shared a house with my then boyfriend (soon to be Hubby) A budget so a significant rise in the cost of Cigarettes, my boyfriend decided both of us should quit smoking, I was reluctant to give up my habit but I went along with it.

First I gave up smoking in the house, I was still doing it at work, once I got confortable with that I takled the smoking at work and kept reducing the amount of cigarettes on a day to day basis.

I was soon a non smoker, 14 years I was free. Then a big change happened, my husband had an affair and I found myself with a new found social life, again I was amoung friends who all smoked and on a night out I took a cigarette from my friend.

I thought I could control it, I started out with smoking when I was on a night out, then the cigarette when the kids went to bed, before I knew it I was in the full blown grips of the smoking addiction again.

Some how I found quiting smoking a lot more difficult second time round, but I knew I had to, I had this compelling urge to quit smoking, I then found out I was pregnant, my new parter was a ex smoker, I think ex smokers are worse for there hatred of the dreaded weed.

He offered to pay for hypnosis to get me off cigarettes, I did go and do it but felt it just helped speed up the prosess, I had the want to quit smoking anyway and looking back after now being 7 years on I still would say the hypnosis was not what it was hyped up to be, I think I learned a harsh leason after being free from smoking for 14 years, like an achochlic should not drink a ex smoker should not take a cigarette, it only take 1 to get you back on the dowward spiral.

With us now having the internet there are far more options for someone who wants to stop smoking to go, do your research and find what is going to be right for you.

Good luck with your quest, I done it, my dad done it at 52, you can do it too!

Sunday, 27 December 2009

Easy Way to Stop Smoking

Ok new years about to come and you want an easy way to stop smoking?

Do You Want to Quit Smoking? You'll Need More Than the Smoking Patch
By Bill J Gordon Platinum Quality Author
Bill J Gordon
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I'm not sure I know why but I seem to be the "go to guy" when it comes to speaking at my friends events. That ...

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You tried to quit smoking and you decided to use the smoking patch to help you and you failed. Don't feel like the Lone Ranger, most everybody does. As a matter of fact, if you try to quit cold turkey you have a little better than 1 out of 10 chance of staying smoke free for 10 weeks. If you use the smoking patch that goes up to a little better than 2 out of 10.

The thinking behind the patch is pretty logical. Smokers are addicted to nicotine and the patch simply substitutes as a source of the drug. The idea is you get your dose without getting all the other chemicals that you would smoking a cigarette, then slowly steps down the dose to end the addiction.

Pretty simple. Why doesn't it work?

If the key to stop smoking was simply kicking the nicotine habit, then anyone who wanted to stop could certainly do so using the patch or gum. But it's more than that isn't it. It's a habit and it's a habit that is really tough to break.

So the smoker who wants to quit is really facing two battles. First is the physical addiction to nicotine and second is an extremely difficult psychological dependence on the habit itself. And that my friend is why quitting smoking is so very difficult to do.

Breaking the habit is the hard part. There are no easy tricks, no simple "how to" books no quick fixes. It requires that you identify triggers and then have a plan on how to avoid them or deal with them when they occur. Just as important as having a plan is to have outside support. Friends, family and others that you respect can play an active role in your success in kicking the habit. If nothing else they can make you dig deep emotionally so you don't "fail" in their minds.

So here's a suggestion, not sure fire plan but one that at least gets you organized and prepared to do battle. If I had a sure fire plan I wouldn't be writing this article I'd be writing a book and making a fortune on Amazon.

* Identify your smoking triggers that almost automatically cause you to light up like a cup of coffee or a drink or the end of a meal. For some people it may go deeper and triggers might be any new experience like meeting new people, being faced with a new task at work and so on.
* Figure out how to avoid the triggers. That obviously is not going to always be possible so plan a new ritual for the triggers to replace lighting up. For example after a meal, try popping two after dinner mints. Engage in conversation whenever you can. You want to distract the brain from following the old ritual of smoking so making it focus on something else is a positive step.
* Drink lots of water. Keeping your body fully hydrated helps with flushing out toxins and improves your health in general. It also partially satisfies the "hand to mouth" action that smoker have become accustomed to. Drink at least half your body weight expressed in ounces each day.
* Exercise. The more you do the better. Quitting is going to develop stress. Stress causes excess adrenaline and cortisol to be released in your body. Exercise burns those two hormones off. Enjoy the endorphin high you'll get from a strenuous work out.
* Create your support network. Identify who you want to help you in your effort. Be careful not to set an artificial date that you are going to quit by. It takes 90 days to form a habit and the new habit you are striving for is to be a non smoker. Don't be disappointed, and don't let your support group be disappointed, if you have a slip up every now and then.

* Keep a diary. Writing down another day without smoking reinforces you effort. Write down the cravings you experienced and how you got past them.

Remember quitting smoking is really two fights. It would be nice if you could ease out of the habit just like you can ease out of the addiction. However, failing that, you have to have the resolve and support to keep the end goal foremost in your mind.

There is a way to ease out of the habit but it's not for everybody. Ironically it involves mimicking smoking. If you'd like to see how you can control your nicotine addiction just like the smoking patch and ease your way out of the smoking habit visit right now. Fight one battle at a time.

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