When you are ready to give up smoking, the following natural stop smoking methods and tips can help you kick the habit for good. There are many ways to stop smoking and tricks for making it easier and less painful than you might think.
Once you get past the first few days of not smoking, nicotine withdrawal is complete. What may remain challenging is the force of the smoking habit itself.
I saw just how powerful and automatic that habit is from watching an elderly friend with Alzheimer's disease. Even though she had not smoked for months, she would push two empty fingers up to her mouth and suck in hard as she hallucinated about having a cigarette.
No one says quitting is easy, but with help it can be a lot easier. Which methods work best for you is up to you. Explore the following quit smoking tips and choose one or more before taking the leap. Don't worry if one of these methods doesn't work for you. Try something else and do not give up.
1-Focus on health and quality of life benefits.
The best first step is usually to educate yourself about the health risks of smoking and the benefits of quitting. Give yourself reasons to stop smoking for good. See it as a good thing, not a "should". Of all the stop smoking methods, your strong desire tops the list. Remind yourself of the benefits when you feel tempted to backslide.
Here are the benefits you have to look forward to when you become smoke free.
2- Quitting cold turkey? Support yourself with stop smoking methods.
Some people quit cold turkey and find this best for them. However, it is generally not on of the best ways to stop smoking. Success estimates range from less than 10% up to 75%. Using other stop smoking methods that support you emotionally and physically at the same time can make the transition easier and increase your chances of success significantly.
3- Reprogram your mind with hypnosis.
According to psychotherapist Randy Gilchrist, creator of the Non-Smokers Edge nine session hypnosis program, hypnosis works well as a stop smoking method because habits and addictions tend to be very psychological in nature. Hypnosis helps change and improve the way a person thinks about the problem and helps them gain greater access to tools and resources needed for change.
Hypnosis has a good success rate. Research shows that over 60% of people enjoy success within four or more sessions. Even just one session yields a 25% success rate - on par with the following stop smoking methods: behavior modification, nicotine replacement and anti-depressants.
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5-Use Lobelia inflata.
Lobelia taken as a tea, extract, or 'vaped' has a solid reputation as one of the best stop smoking methods. Lobelia contains lobeline, which is similar to nicotine without the addictive qualities. It tricks your nervous system and reduces the intensity and frequency of cravings.
Lobelia has the added bonus of being healing to your respiratory tract. It acts as an expectorant for the lungs and is a relaxant herb that eases tension and panic. It is also said to make tobacco taste unpleasant.
Individuals with heart disease and pregnant women should not use lobelia as a way to stop smoking because of its similarity to nicotine.
One way to use lobelia is to substitute it for a cigarette. Each day, smoke one less cigarette and take a dose of lobelia instead. Follow usage recommendations as excessive use causes nausea and vomiting.
6- Use nicotine replacement products temporarily to relieve cravings. You may not see these products are ideal, but they are better than puffing on a cancer stick.
If your cravings are getting the best to you, the FDA has approved five forms of nicotine replacement products. You can chew gum, wear a patch or dissolve a lozenge in your mouth. Inhalers and nasal spray are available by prescription.
Whether you are quitting cold turkey or taking your time, practicing stress relief techniques is an important stop smoking method. Having healthy ways to relieve emotional tension and anxiety help your mind and body feel balanced, which eases cravings.
Take walks and deep breaths. Deep breaths help you relax, which ironically is one reason why those deep inhales of smoke soothe anxiety and tension. Energy flow techniques, such as ZPoint and EFT can really help neutralize stress triggers that drive cravings and the need to soothe yourself with cigarettes and other unhealthy substances.
According to researchers, regular strength training doubles you chances of becoming a non-smoker. Moderate exercise relieves stress and helps you feel healthier and happier which can motivate you to quit and make it easier.
9-If you decide to quit slowly, change your habits gradually.
Create no smoking zones. Leave your cigarettes at home when you go out. Discontinue your cigarette when you first get up, or right after dinner. Start with easier cuts and save the strongholds for last.
Making substitutions can be a helpful strategy. Smokers sometimes switch to herbal smokes, electronic cigarettes, or roll their own additive free cigarettes. Additive free cigarettes and herbal smokes are less addictive and health-damaging, so you may have less urge to smoke, yet still experience withdrawal symptoms.
Although electronic cigarettes are not marketed as a way to quit smoking, some people use them while they are trying to quit. Electronic cigarettes are available with or without nicotine cartridges.
If you choose electronic cigarettes do your homework and find a brand with a good reputation.
Note that your dose of nicotine may be higher with these products. Don't give into the temptation of leveling up your nicotine intake.
11-Avoid the temptation to smoke by association.
Do you automatically smoke after dinner, with friends, with your morning coffee? You may find it easier to avoid places where you enjoy smoking, or other habits linked to smoking. For example, if you have kick back in the lazy boy with a cigarette after dinner, you may want to sit on the couch for a while instead.
12-Be patient with yourself.
There is no magic pill that will make your cravings go away overnight. Even with the help of stop smoking methods, it can feel challenging. As you persevere, your need to rely on will power will power lessens. Continue to rely on natural ways to stop smoking, including the support of others to help you.
13-If you relapse, start again.
Just like any habit you are trying to change, you can expect some resistance from your subconscious mind because it views change as threatening, even when change is truly in your best interest. You may have to try and try again until you quit for good.
14-Choose multiple strategies.
When you take advantage of a several ways to quit smoking, you improve your chances of success. Make a plan and get the resources and support you need. Then set a date and do it. You are worth it.
15- Visit the National Cancer Institute website for a wealth of information about dealing with withdrawal symptoms and triggers and more.
With a real desire and determination, these quit smoking tips will help you become a non-smoker for good. You are worth it.