The Easy Way To Quit Smoking That Actually Works!
The easy way to quit smoking that doesn’t involve patches or suffering the pain of withdrawal may surprise you.
Many people keen to kick the habit turn to nicotine patches, but what if I told you there was an easier way? You could save a small fortune on patches or nicotine gum.
Stop focusing why you can’t stop smoking
Yes, you heard it right!! The more you focus on negative words the harder it is to achieve any goal. You see, your subconscious doesn’t recognise words like “can’t or “stop.”
It only hears “smoking” so you’ll continue to get cravings to smoke. It’s like you’re drawing more of what you don’t want towards you.
This is why telling yourself it’s bad to smoke doesn’t stop you. You know the risks you take everytime you light up but avoiding the smell from ashtrays won’t stop you. Nor can avoiding your great auntie because she smokes, nor avoid drinking with your mates because you’ll know they’ll waft cigarettes tantalisingly under your nose!
It’s the same with dieting. You know eating a big mac is bad for your figure but the more you tell yourself to walk past the next McDonalds you see, the greater chance you’ll give in!
Mindful smoking is the easy way to stop smoking
Mindfulness is something that’s been around for a while. It’s used to reduce stress and works by making you focus on the present. The effects are almost instant and it’s very simple to do.
But how can this make you quit smoking?
The technique may sound somewhat strange as it goes against what you’re trying to achieve. Don’t be fooled by that though as you’ll be surprised by the results.
Smoking is a habit and like most habits doesn’t require thought. If you’re a smoker you’ll probably have triggers that make you light a cigarette. You’re so used to doing it that you don’t even stop and think.
You stub out the remains in the ashtray without giving it a second thought. The label on the packet that tells you smoking kills doesn’t even register.
Your trigger may be a glass of wine or talking on the phone. It may be after you’ve finished eating a meal. However ingrained your smoking habit YOU CAN quit!
How mindfulness smoking works
The whole technique of mindful smoking focuses on awareness. Start by picking up a cigarette packet and study the label. Read the warning but don’t focus on how bad it is.
Open the pack and take out a cigarette. Feel it in your fingers and smell the aroma. Focus your mind solely on the action of lighting the cigarette and putting it in your mouth.
If you find your mind starts to wander don’t worry, just slowly bring it back to the present. As you light the cigarette and put it in your mouth be aware of every single moment you’re smoking.
Savour the taste as you inhale and feel the smoke travel down your throat and into your lungs. Become aware of how you feel as you smoke your cigarette.
If you can’t possibly imagine how mindfulness can help you give up smoking you may like to read this article which shows positive results during a random trial.
How to manage smoking cravings and avoid giving in
Smoking cravings can be very intense but they can be managed. In the early stages of giving up smoking you’ll find cravings will be very strong. Just like overcoming any other addiction it will be hard going.
By practicing mindful smoking for a few days you’ll find it much easier to overcome the urge to smoke. You may still need patches for the short term, but after a few days you should be ok.
When you get an uncontrollable craving stop and focus on your breathing. Take a deep breath in through your nose and exhale slowly through your mouth. Keep doing this until the craving passes.
Cravings usually only last a couple of minutes at most, but if deep breathing makes you dizzy, stop. Don’t ignore the craving but think about how your body feels while it passes.
Just like you always crave a biscuit with a cup of coffee so your craving for a cigarette is no different. Cravings are largely based on emotions even though they feel very physical.
Pay attention to your body and notice any areas of tension such as knots in the stomach or your chest tightening. When you get these symptoms ask yourself how you’re feeling.
Any emotional upset such as breaking up with a boyfriend or losing your job can make you turn to addictions for comfort. You enjoy the short term fix smoking gives even though it doesn’t last long.
Allowing the craving to pass and not trying to push it away helps as you’re recognising it rather than pretending it doesn’t exist.
Everytime you pass through a craving without giving in it loses power. Congratulate yourself as this will boost your confidence and self-esteem. The more times you do this the weaker your craving will get.
However, if you do find yourself racing round to your local store one night as it finally got too much don’t despair! This can happen to the best of us. Just start again the next day.
Beating yourself up and feeling miserable will only make smoking cravings worse. You haven’t failed and can easily beat this!
Quit smoking affirmations
quit smoking affirmations can work well if you repeat them every day. You have to believe them though. Mindlessly chanting affirmations you don’t believe or have no faith in won’t work!
Use affirmations alongside mindfulness for a more powerful effect. The more you practice mindfulness the greater the chance of kicking the habit for good.
“I successfully quit smoking. I am now healthier, happier and relaxed.”
“I love myself more than I love smoking. I say yes to life and no to smoking”
The benefits of stopping smoking
I’m sure you don’t need me to list all the reasons for stopping smoking as you’ve probably heard them all before, but just to remind you……
You’ll smell fresher. Smoking creates a really bad smell that non-smokers like myself hate. Not only do your clothes smell, but your breath is bad as well.
Your sense of taste will improve. Smoking can inhibit your sense of smell and your food will taste so much better
You will lower your risk of a heart attack or stroke. Smoking is a leading cause for both, but as soon as you quit your chances of getting either will fall significantly.
You’ll cut your risk of getting cancer by two thirds. Mouth, throat and lung cancer are fairly common among smokers.
You will add years to your life and will grow old enough to see your grandkids grow up. They in turn will love having you around and being a part of their life!
Achieving success in any area of your life whether it’s losing weight, improving your relationship or beating addictions such as smoking are all within your grasp.
Get back control!
You have control over your life and the ability to change things no matter how bad things seem. Smoking can occasionally become a destructive reaction to feeling bad about yourself.
If you can overcome these negative feelings about yourself then quitting the smoking habit will be much easier. Sometimes counselling can even help.
I hope this article has shown you that there really is the easy way to stop smoking. It doesn’t have to be hard if you stop fighting it. Accepting your cravings is the first step in the right direction!
Wishing you health and happiness,