Six Tips on How to Stop Smoking for Good
Finding ways to stop smoking for good are as plentiful as finding ways to fight obesity; however, not all smoking cessation or weight-loss methods work for all people. In a recent article published online at ChicagoHealers.com, Holistic Health and Natural Healing practitioner Karen Erickson writes that women are especially susceptible to the hazards of smoking and offers six tips on how to stop smoking for good.
According to The National Cancer Institute, cigarette smoking causes more than 444,000 premature deaths each year, with approximately 40% due to cancer and that cigarette smoking is responsible for 87% of lung cancer deaths. Furthermore, cigarette smoking increases the risk of stroke, high blood pressure, heart attack, blood clots and peripheral artery disease among a growing number of health problems.
According to Ms. Erickson, women tend to smoke to avoid dealing with emotional issues and use smoking as a way to distract themselves from boredom, loneliness, depression and daily stress. “Many women call their cigarettes their friends, their little buddies. They have created an emotional illusion about smoking because of some void in their life which they are trying to fill with smoking,” says Ms. Erickson.
Ms. Ericson believes that the key on how to stop smoking for good lies in educating yourself on the harmful effects of smoking such as the fact that it causes ten times more wrinkles on the faces of smokers in comparison to non-smokers. Furthermore, she stresses that we need to identify what it is that motivates the smoking behavior - what desires are unfulfilled that smoking is attempting to replace. But beyond educating the mind, the body also needs help through distractions to combat the urge to smoke when the body begins to experience withdrawal symptoms.
The following is the list of six tips Ms. Erickson offers to get you started on the road on how to stop smoking for good:
1. Get educated – Become better informed on the subject of smoking. There are over 4,000 toxic chemical compounds in one cigarette that slowly kills a smoker.
2. Break it down – Determine what cigarettes are trying to compensate for and come up with a healthy way to deal with those feelings or desires.
3. Breathe In, Breathe Out – Find a healthy activity to keep busy with such as meditation, gardening, exercise or reading.
4. Write it Out – Create a list filled with the benefits of quitting. Go over the list everyday to reinforce the commitment.
5. Switch it Up! – Change a routine to make it easier to quit. If bars are a trigger, avoid them initially. If coffee is a trigger, switch to tea for a period of time.
6. Help is On the Way – If assistance is needed, find a smoking cessation center where services are offered such as hypnosis, acupuncture, biofeedback and herbal remedies.