Tips to stop smoking

By on January 21, 2016

The choice is yours but don’t be too late

If you are currently a smoker, quitting the habit could be one of the most important things you will ever do in your life. In fact, if you quit now, you will most likely be adding seven years to your life. While many people try to quit and fail, it is not an impossible task. Thousands of people, just like you, have decided to quit and have succeeded. You too can be among the successful former smokers. According to information on the website (www.quit. ie), most smokers will lose between 10 to 15 quality life years before they die. 

Think about your family and friends and the potential sadness they could face!

Smoking is the single biggest cause of cancer and chronic chest diseases and is a significant cause of cardiovascular disease and exacerbation of diabetes.  This major cause of illness, chronic disability and death, is preventable, yet accounts for some 5,500 deaths in Ireland each year. Research tells us that most smokers, 8 out of 10 want to quit, and that 4 out of every 10 smokers try to quit each year. Unfortunately, for some people, their addiction to nicotine can be very difficult to overcome. However, it is not impossible. Of those who have quit- just over a third (35%) quit on their first attempt and overall, half of them succeeded after their second attempt. The trick is to keep trying.

Here are some  tips that will help you to quit smoking once and for all:

  1. Make a vow that you are going to quit smoking from today onwards. Success in all spheres of life begins with firm determination. If you are wishy-washy you can never do anything. However, if you make up your mind, once and for all, that you are giving up the habit, whenever a craving comes, you will remember your vow and not give in.
  2. Exercise more and get in shape. If you sit idle there is more chance that you will light up your cigarette and relax. Fill your spare time with sports and vigorous activity. Try to feel how good it is to get your blood circulating and breathing the air deeply. If you are not the athletic type, then brisk walking will have the same benefit as other kinds of sports.
  3. Avoid places and pastimes that put you within reach of cigarettes. If going to a bar or pub means that you are going to have a drink and then light up, maybe it is better to avoid that place for the time being. Once you have truly stopped smoking and you feel how good it is, you can go anywhere and not be tempted.
  4. If you have to put something in your mouth, drink water or eat healthy snacks.
  5. Whenever you get a desire to put a cigarette in your mouth, replace it with something that will help you rather than harm you. Drinking small amounts of water throughout the day is not only a good way to help you quit smoking, but it is also a great way to stay healthy. If you need to put something solid in your mouth, then eat a piece of fruit.
  6. Get support from your friends and family. Tell them that you are giving up smoking for health reasons. Your true friends will support you and not offer you cigarettes. Your family and loved ones will similarly support your efforts and help you to avoid situations where you may feel obliged to smoke out of social pressure.
  7. Strengthen your will power with yoga and meditation. Very few people are born with perfect will power. Like anything else, practice makes perfect.
  8. Hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking, according to the largest ever scientific comparison of ways of breaking the habit. On average, hypnosis was over three times as effective as nicotine replacement methods and 15 times as effective as trying to quit alone. For more information on this, contact local North County Dublin hypnotherapist Mary Grogan 087 917 3373.


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