TO BEST ACHIEVE YOUR STOP-SMOKING GOALS, CONSIDER THESE TIPS:
~ Make a list of reasons to quit. Keep reminding yourself why you gave up the habit. Tape this list to your fridge, bathroom mirror and places you’ll see it throughout the day.
~ Surround yourself with supportive, like-minded people and reach out when you need encouragement.
~ Set boundaries. If possible, stay away from smokers in the first few weeks you are trying to quit.
~ Have an affirmation. This is a positive statement repeated often to create desired changes in your life. For example: “I successfully quit smoking. I am now healthier, happier and relaxed.”
~ Strategize. Plan what you will do during a craving, which can last 5 minutes. Chew licorice root sticks or gum; repeat your affirmation; breathe deeply; exercise; sing a song; dance; call your support person. If you are missing the “time-out” a smoke break gives you then take the time out, go outside and sit or walk while you breathe deeply all the way down to your lower belly. Do the high-five breathing throughout this break.
~ Out with the old! Throw away your ash trays, lighters, matches, and cigarettes. Remove indoor pollutants from your home. Fill your house with plants, which act as natural air filters.
~ Get moving. A quick walk after meals will help regulate blood sugar levels, boost your energy, decrease stress, and increase metabolism.
~ Eat your fruits and veggies. They are high in fiber, nutrients, and antioxidants, and an important feature of a detox diet. Chlorophyl-rich (green) foods cleanse the lungs and blood.
~ Drink more water. Hydrate your body, soothe dryness, and flush out the toxins that have built up in your cells.
~ Practice deep breathing. Calm your nerves and strengthen your lungs. BONUS: Try pine essential oil in a diffuser or use a drop on your chest. Pine strengthens the lungs, improves respiratory function, and promotes will-power.
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