Using Visualization to Help You Quit Smoking

Using Visualization to Help You Quit Smoking

Visualization is coming to the fore as a way for people to change their behavior, thoughts, and feelings for the better. Visualization involves seeing yourself in positive situations and being the person you want to be. It is said that the subconscious mind cannot distinguish between a real event that it observed and an imagined one. The key is to treat the imagined scenario as something you are observing. Interestingly, children seem to have this kind of realistic visualization well in place – many times, children cannot distinguish between what they imagine and what is real. Their play seems real to them when they are engaged in it. Visualization is tapping into this child-like ability to make your imagination come alive and play out in real life. The theory is that positive thoughts give positive results. Visualization could be described as daydreaming with a purpose. How Is Visualization Done? You can do visualization yourself. You can also do it while being guided by a therapist. Some people use tapes or audio resources to help them guide their visualization efforts. When you use visualization, you infuse clarity and life into your daydreams. You focus your goals and desires into a very narrow target, and when you visualize you imagine great detail. When you visualize, you include smells, sounds, tastes, and touch in your thoughts. Your visualizations are lucid,…

How to Support Your Health When You Quit Smoking

How to Support Your Health When You Quit Smoking

When you quit smoking, your body undergoes quite a change. You have to detoxify, and various body tissues need to heal. It’s a good idea to support your health as you go through the transition. In fact, good nutrition and healthy habits may make quitting easier. Here are some ideas and tips. Try to give your body lots of rest during this time. Without the “rush” of nicotine from cigarettes, you may feel washed out, nauseated, or otherwise generally yucky. Resting helps your body to build new tissue and heal. Resting does not mean you don’t move around; just try to take a break from all the running around and stress for a while. Exercise is said to help the body detoxify by increasing circulation and other ways. Few would argue that exercise is a boost to your health, whether you smoke or not. Incorporating regular exercise may help you quit if you use it as a distraction tool – maybe you could take a brisk walk or bike ride when you feel a craving for nicotine. Just don’t walk or bike to the store to buy more cigarettes! Your body will need lots of nutrients to support it during this transition. Vitamin C is said to be very important for soon-to-be-ex-smokers, and it is an important antioxidant vitamin. Magnesium is important for muscle relaxation and nerve…

Smoker Support - How to Support Friends and Loved Ones Who Want to Quit

Smoker Support: How to Support Friends and Loved Ones Who Want to Quit

Do you know someone who is trying to quit smoking, or is thinking about it? Whether it’s your friend or a family member, you may not be sure what to do to help them, or you may be unsure if you can help at all. There are some things that you can do to help the smoker in your life overcome nicotine addiction, and it starts by knowing what to expect. What to Expect When a person undertakes the cessation of smoking, he or she may experience a horrible set of withdrawal symptoms. The smoker may say mean or hurtful things, be impatient, angry, or generally be unpleasant to be around. It’s important that you do not take these things personally. Remember, it’s the addiction to nicotine that is talking, and when the smoker gets through the early stages, he or she will very likely apologize. In the beginning, expect very little from the person who is quitting. That person will need all of his or her energy to deal with the stress of quitting, and you are unlikely to get the same level of performance from your loved one during this time. The withdrawal process may involve insomnia, headaches, nausea, and other unpleasant physical symptoms. It’s hard for anyone to function when their bodies are undergoing this kind of detoxification, so be understanding when your loved…

Nicotine Replacement Therapy to Help You Quit Smoking

Nicotine Replacement Therapy to Help You Quit Smoking

Nicotine Replacement Therapy, or NRT, refers to the use of nicotine-containing products that are not cigarettes. These products, such as chewing gum, inhalers, or patches, are said to help you quit smoking. Generally, all of these therapies work by gradually reducing the amount of nicotine you take in. Here are some of the better-known NRT methods and how they work. Gum Some smokers prefer gum because it gives their mouths something to do. It is also available without a prescription, and is sugarless. Those who are concerned about the possibility that weight gain might accompany their quitting efforts may prefer this method. Gum comes in at least two different strengths, and if you wish you could chew half a piece as well. The nicotine is absorbed through the mucous membranes of the mouth, so professionals recommend that you not eat or drink for 15-30 minutes before and after chewing a piece. Lozenge Another orally-delivered type of NRT, lozenges release a gradual amount of nicotine into your system through your mouth’s mucous membranes. The goal is to ease nicotine cravings gently. The larger the lozenge, the slower the nicotine release. Nicotine-containing lozenges are available over the counter. Inhaler Nicotine inhalers work by delivering a nicotine-containing mist into the mouth and throat when the user “puffs” on it. Sources say that less than five percent of the nicotine ends…

Natural Help for Quitting Smoking

Natural Help for Quitting Smoking

There is no magic bullet that will make quitting smoking a snap, but some people do find certain aids to be more effective than others. And it’s always a good idea to support your health and body through such a change, as a healthy body may make quitting easier. For those who would like to stop smoking by trying a more natural approach, here are some ideas that may help. There are plenty of herbal options (and they’re legal!) to ease the nicotine habit. If you like, you can purchase an herbal blend specifically mixed for smokers who want to quit. These usually come in tea or tincture form. You can also make your own blend or use single remedies. Here are some herbs that may be effective. Some people worry that they will gain weight when they stop smoking. Focusing on healthy foods may help prevent this, and also help your body handle quitting better. A recent study at Duke University found that certain foods and drinks – particularly meat, caffeine, and alcohol – make cigarettes actually taste better. This explains, in part, why coffee and cigarettes used to appear together in advertisements, and smoking almost always occurs in bars where alcoholic beverages are served. Avoiding these foods and drinks may make cigarettes less palatable. Common caffeine-containing foods that you might avoid include: On the other…

How to Determine Which Method for Quitting Smoking is Right for You

How to Determine Which Method for Quitting Smoking is Right for You

If you have told others that you want to quit smoking, you have probably been given lots of advice. Some of this advice may be fine, and some may be ineffective, and still other advice may be harmful. What works for one person may not work for another. If you need some help determining which quitting method is right for you, look carefully into the various quitting methods. Here is a brief overview to help you get started in your research. Cold Turkey We all know that smoker who says he or she went “cold turkey” and never had another cigarette. But honestly, that’s pretty rare, and you may not be cut out for that kind of systemic jolt. However, it is an actual method and bears mentioning. Whether or not you go cold turkey depends on a few factors, such as: NRT Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) is an option for those who prefer gradual withdrawal. NRT involves alternative means of delivering nicotine into your system. Lozenges and chewing gum that contain nicotine can be purchased over the counter. Nicotine patches require a prescription, and go onto your skin like an adhesive bandage. Inhalers that contain nicotine-laden mist also require a prescription. Electronic cigarettes are not considered a form of NRT officially, but they do deliver a nicotine-containing mist via a plastic tube that looks like a…

Alternative Methods to Quit Smoking

Alternative Methods to Quit Smoking

It is estimated that 70 percent of smokers want to quit, it’s no wonder that there are many quit smoking products and programs out that are designed for these individuals. These are scientifically-proven quit smoking programs that have gotten the nod of many health professionals. However, using these products may not be that effective and may bring side-effects. For this reason, many alternative therapies are out to help many individuals in their desire to be nicotine-free. These alternative methods are considered by many as safe and effective way of quitting smoking. Acupuncture Medical studies show that acupuncture may increase the levels of endorphins in the body. Endorphins are opiate-like substances in the body that are known elevate the mood and bring moments of relaxation. These factors may lower the cravings for that stick or pack of cigarette. Many health professionals recommend at least four sessions of acupuncture during the first month of quitting. Herbal remedies There are no herbs that contain nicotine. However, there are herbs like chamomile that has a calming effect that may help one’s transition to life as a non-smoker. The calming effect of this herb may help one cope with stressful situations that may lead one to light a cigarette. However, individuals who want to try this herb should seek the approval of a health professional because it might produce an allergic reaction…

Best Known Ways to Quit Smoking

Best Known Ways to Quit Smoking

When you have finally come to see that your smoking habit has caused damage to your health, and wallet, and general well being, and you have decided that you would like to quit it is good to know that there are a lot of ways to quit smoking. Quitting smoking depends on many things. It can be fast, or slow, but one thing for sure is that quitting rely on your determination, as well as the help of others. Whatever method you try, you should be mentally prepared for the difficult period that follows your last cigarette. This difficult period is caused when the nicotine your body is addicted to is withdrawn from your body. Withdrawals occur when your body reacts to the lack of nicotine that it has become reliant on. The sudden impulse to give up smoking is known under the name of “cold turkey” and it is the result of a personal choice. Among the gradual ways to quit smoking may be enumerated the nicotine replacement therapy, the individual or group therapy, some modern and non-medical methods such as acupuncture, kabala practices and others but also physical exercises. It is incorrect to say that you are addicted to smoking because in fact you are addicted to nicotine and to the idea of a routine. The moment you try to provide the required quantity of…

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