Smoking changes your life for sure, and not in a good way. I remember being a little girl, in a car with my friends mom, and she was chain smoking cigarette’s with one window barely cracked, when it was time to get out of the car the smoke billowed out of the car like a steamroller. Was awful, all day all I could taste was smoke. Every time she wanted to smoke we had to go with her, so each time it affected me, without my knowledge it was hurting me. So by the end of the day , my clothes, my hair, even my skin smelled like smoke. My mother never let me go anywhere with that friend again, nor to her house. Smoking cost me a really good friend in that period of my life. Now I understand why my mom did what she did, it was not a good example or a healthy environment for any adult let alone children. We did not need a lesson that smoking cigarettes is acceptable. Now As a smoker, I have noticed my clothes stink. Stains my teeth to a terrible yellow. My breath smells after I smoke, no one likes that. If you smoke inside, it permeates into everything, Walls, Carpet, and Curtains, until you can’t distinguish the smell anymore. So you wind up smelling like an ashtray. My friend Jennifer doesn’t even wish to be around me because of the smell of smoke, if I go to her home I cannot smoke, not even outside on the porch, because of the stench. Your taste-buds are gone, or altered at least, so where food doesn’t ever taste normal. This doesn’t include the risk of cancer. Quitting is not an easy task but it is worth it , to reclaim parts of your life back, like enjoying time with your family and friends without the need to go out and smoke, or smoking around them and putting their health at risk. Most all of the smoker’s want to try to quit smoking cigarettes. Take a look at all the things you postpone or walk away from when you want a cigarette. It is a surreal awakening to how you are effecting your body and the people you love.
Three ways to quit smoking
- Get an E-cigarette: Get an E-cigarette or Handheld Vaporizer: An E-Cigarette or handheld vaporizer is healthier alternative to smoking tobacco. It is a vapor not smoke so you can smoke inside without the fear of smell or harming anyone else. And you regain your time back that has been lost isolating yourself from others who don’t smoke. There are many different E-Cigarette’s you can choose from, disposable to rechargeable to modified units. You can also use many different flavors to fill your E-cigarette with.
- Quit Cold Turkey: Quitting cold turkey is scary, so scary I have never done it. I can’t imagine the struggle your body goes through with withdraw symptoms. And I had a problem with the whole gaining weight and being irritated all the time.
- The Patch: The Patch is a nicotine replacement system. I have tried it and not found success with this because of the irritation it has caused me. And if I slipped up and smoked a cigarette I would get terribly sick. My dreams were very weird as well while trying this. If you are on a budget this system may not be the way to go, It can get very expensive.
- Having a support system: I have found that telling your family and friends you are quitting and having people around who support your decision is imperative to your success. My family and even my smoking friends have all helped kept me focused on my goal.
- Throw the cigarettes away: This was a really hard task. I could really feel the anxiety creeping in at just the thought of not having it there if I wanted it. But i took the road less traveled and threw them away. I don’t need temptation staring me in the face.
- Talk To your Doctor: Talking with your Doctor can ease allot of your concerns. It also really allows you to hear how you will be helping yourself in the long run as well as seeing what cigarettes are doing to your body. Sometimes hearing it from a professional can put your mind in a place to give you more will power to overcome this addiction.
- Keep a Journal: This method really improved the communication between myself and my addiction. Every time I craved a cigarette I would write it down, what time it was, what activity I was doing so I could learn my patterns and trigger points, its important to stay away from those trigger points, like alcohol and stress, while you are trying to quit.
- Distract yourself: Keeping yourself occupied is essential, at times I would just take a power walk to get rid of the cravings. Call a friend, let them know how you are feeling. Clean your house or take a nice long bath, go to the movies. I really tried to do activities where it was impossible for me to light up. Always know there is something that can be done that cannot include you smoking.
- Acupuncture: Alternative medicine has been a great way to curb those cravings and keep your energy where it should be. It is an Ancient Chinese Medicine that really does help with the anxiety and relaxes you, Not to mention they actually have a quit smoking trigger point on your body, that can stimulate. With this method your mind and body really come together.
- Have a quit date: Get your calendar and mark it. Having a set date can be really helpful. Write a contract and sign it that this is the day you will stop smoking.
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