Stop Smoking Tips

By Stein Relou

Congratulations on your decision to quit smoking. It is a very positive change that you bring to your life and you will be amazed at the quality of life you will be able to enjoy without your dependence on nicotine.However, nicotine is a very addictive symptom and can make quitting smoking difficult. It is important for you to know what to expect when you quit smoking so that you are able to handle it effectively. Don't be surprised if you suffer from withdrawal symptoms for up to 10 days after you quit. It is normal for you to feel the symptoms of flu, upset stomach, etc. when you quit smoking. You are also likely to be irritable, anxious, angry and even depressed soon after you quit smoking. These symptoms will pass. You may want to consult a doctor if you are concerned about the effects of these symptoms on your health.[]

There are a number of quit smoking aids available that can help you give up your smoking habit. These aids include nicotine patches, hypnosis, counseling, herbal and non herbal medication. You may want to consult your physician and choose one of the aids that suit you the best.

The chain smoking. All the name suggests, smoke a few cigarettes consecutively, without stopping. Once you are done with the first stick, go on to the second, then third, etc. You will feel so terrible after the third stick (or more) that you would want to quit smoking immediately! The idea behind this is to create a horrible taste in your mouth that you feel that that would be the last stick in your mouth!

The digging method. After you are done with step 2, its time for the killer move. This might sound gross, but it should also work for you. After you are done with the chain smoking, here is the next thing you should do: put your finger into your throat and start to wriggle around, as if you are looking for something that is trapped in your throat. This action is sure to make you puke! IMPORTANT POINT TO TAKE NOTE: DO NOT DO THIS IF YOU ARE UNSURE! This method is supposed to make you feel worse and create a psychological effect that smoking is horrible and that you should quit now!The 3 steps that I have suggested works perfectly well for me, and I have not touched a cigarette ever since.

You will be happy to know that cravings do not last. If you have a craving, find the balance between trying to ignore the discomfort and talking/focussing on it too much. Instead, be aware of the discomfort and turn it to your advantage by using the excess energy to exercise or enjoy a favourite hobby. Or you can simply distract yourself. Take it one day at a time.Instead of thinking that you might never smoke again, tell yourself that you are only not going to smoke for one day. Then do another day and another, until you have done your first week.Deal with cravings by substitution.

Whenever you find yourself having a craving, give yourself something to do. This can include anything that is healthy, from drinking water to exercise.Remember, you did not always believe that you were a smoker, but you still believe it at the moment. NOW, you can reverse this believe again and start to believe that you can again become the non-smoker that you have been before.As a smoker wanting to stop smoking, you are in a state of conflict. On one hand, you have an addictive desire to smoke. On the other, you want to stop satisfying it by smoking.Stopping smoking and staying stopped depend on how you resolve this conflict.As soon as you have smoked your last cigarette with the intention to quit, the conflict you feel could be deep and last for several hours. You may question yourself over and over again, asking yourself if you really do want to stop smoking, and whether this really is the right time to do it. You may spend hours trying to figure out a good excuse to justify smoking for just a little bit longer, or just one more...

Sometimes people flirt with smoking, testing their limits to the point of putting a cigarette in their mouth and lighting a match. It's not necessary to go this far: just looking at cigarettes in the pack should be enough for you to get in touch with your choice and desire to smoke them.

It is very important for you to follow these tips to live a healthy life and get rid of your cigarette addiction or at least to reduce it. Even if you are not able to quit smoking the first time around (or even the second or third time) you will eventually be able to get rid of this habit. In fact, you will be able to improve your health considerably if you use these tips to stop smoking entirely.Do you want to stop your smoking habit? Everybody has their own reason to quit smoking. One of the reasons is it will cause health problem. Quitting smoking is a great idea and can ultimately save you from suffering from chronic complications of cigarette smoking. Using natural herbs have been known to be effective in helping smokers quit smoking. There are many herbs that are main ingredients for smoking supplements and dietary aids like Lobelia, St. John's Wort, Black Cohosh, Hyssop, Korean ginseng, Motherwort and Peppermint. Here are some simple tips before you use natural herbs in quitting smoking for good:

Research on the herb first before you use any supplement. Knowledge is power and the more you know how a certain herb works like dosage, side effects, safety levels, adverse effects on various medications, etc, the more you will likely use it to quit smoking. Use the web as a great resource of many herbal remedies to stop smoking.Some herbs may be effective to use to stop smoking but are unsafe to use for along period of time. Some herbs are also banned by the FDA so it is best to visit their site or look for alternative herbal remedies that are safer to use.

Take advantage of familiar situations where you would have smoked, such as the end of a meal, as opportunities to induce your desire. Instead of jumping up from the table to get on with the washing-up, sit there for a while, as you would have done, let yourself feel your desire to smoke and think through your choice not to smoke - for now.Later on, as you become more familiar with these methods of how to quit smoking, your desire may only last a few seconds, but making a deliberate effort to acknowledge it by inducing it can make the difference between success and failure in the long term.If you lead a very busy life, inducing your desire will be especially important. Busy people can stop smoking for days or weeks, barely aware of their desire to smoke in the background of their crowded minds. But just because you don't take the time to deal with it properly, the desire doesn't vanish; it keeps coming, like a nagging child demanding attention. Or it can suddenly and unexpectedly explode, perhaps at a time of crisis, arid, because your conscious mind hasn't practiced dealing with it, you can suddenly find yourself on the verge of smoking.If you stop to induce a desire - and this only takes a few moments - you give your desire the attention it requires. As a result it becomes easy to live with and, most important of all, you are in control of it.

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