Today while driving in traffic I noticed quite a few people smoking in there cars and flicking the ashes out there windows . Unfortunately it reminded me of when I used to do that on a daily basis while driving . Then I said to my self , I wonder how it would feel like to have a smoke right now , the last thing I wanted to think about just entered my mind.
There I was stuck in traffic and wanting to have a smoke. So I quickly took a stick of gum out , opened the window turned the radio up and crushed that urge!!! I find it really helps when you act fast. Utilize anything around you to distract your mind from that craving . Make it a habit to remind yourself to keep your mind busy when the urge sneaks up .
1) Keep a positive attitude in general . Lowering your stress level will play a huge part in preventing you from when you have cravings. Each day pat yourself on the back as a reward to help you boost your confidence. Always remember that your mind is your most powerful weapon.
2) At night before going to bed , take some time to do breathing exercises . This will help build and clear your mind from any problems or issues you’ve been having in your life. Take slow and deep breaths for about 10 to 15 min. I find it more relaxing and fun when putting on head phones and listening to relaxed melodies or meditation sounds. Now a days you can download free apps on your phone and you’re ready to go .
3) When a craving sneaks up out of nowhere keep yourself busy… eat a healthy snack like fruits or chew gum or drink water. Distracting your mind is one of the main keys to dealing with cravings. Do everything in your power to keep your mind off smoking … remember you are in control.
Having a strategy and setting goals to quit smoking is the number one thing to do but always remember to not overthink things . The problem with overthinking things is that you tend to cloud your mind so much that you fail to put in the action. Next thing you know, you’re in a state of procrastination!!! Procrastination then leads to not following your goals then nothing gets done thus setting yourself up for relapse. Put in more action to build momentum and start your journey off with a launch .
MINDSET I am sure you’ve heard the saying ” you can do anything you put your mind to .” well guess what thats absolutely true!! First thing you want to do is make sure you have the right mindset. Always remember that your mind is a very powerful tool. What ever you put in your mind you have the ability to manifest what ever it is you’re thinking of. So for example… you want to quit smoking right? Picture in your mind the benefits of quitting then imagine yourself 2 yrs later how healthier you will be , feel and look. Without the right mindset you will a have a difficult time accomplishing your goal.
CUT IT OFF Next thing is to throw away all your lighters , matches, ashtrays and anything that contributes to smoking. Do a little research and find out what can trigger cravings, like drinking soda or coffee or drinking alcohol . Every time you craved for a smoke what caused it , eliminate that thing right away. For me , I had a ritual every morning where I would start off with a coffee accompanied with a smoke. So I automatically shut out coffee cause I knew it trigger my craving.
SWEAT IT OUT Get into fitness or any kind of cardiovascular activity. Its a good way of detoxing all the toxins and nicotine in your system. The more you workout or exercise the less cravings you will have. Try to incorporate at least 45min to an hr every day or every other day into your daily schedule. This helps drastically in the process especially in the beginning.
This site is made to help others around the world who are trapped in smoking cigarettes everyday and want to break free but don’t know where and how to begin. I am here to tell you that you’re not alone and it can be done because you are worth it and you deserve a better , happier and healthier lifestyle . You know that deep down ever since the day you picked up a cigarette it was wrong but something in your head told you to light it up anyways. What went from smoking one cigarette to hundreds to thousands . Well what’s done is done and now you have the power to change it around . Its not too late !!! Lets make it happen !!!