by NativeRemedies on January 18th, 2010 at 7:00 am
With all the stress in our everyday lives, it’s no wonder that quitting smoking is one of the hardest things to do. In the United States, an estimated 24.8 million men and 21.1 million women smoke, and 400,000 Americans die each year from smoking. With statistics like these, why would someone want to continue smoking?
According to the American Council on Science and Health (ACSA), most people smoke because of a belief that it helps them with their daily routine. Studies have shown that nicotine may make some individuals’ physical reactions speed up, thereby showing the user that they can work “better” with a cigarette.
However, this real or perceived benefit should not be accepted without acknowledging the dangers of smoking. Nicotine is highly addictive and it causes more deaths than alcohol, AIDS, illegal drugs, car crashes, fires, murders, and suicides combined. Studies have also shown that 4 out of 5 people actually want to stop smoking, but have never achieved their goal.
When a smoker is trying to quit, he or she is likely to become psychologically distressed because they feel as if they cannot function without a cigarette, often causing a relapse. Though it may be a tough task, smokers can quit; the only thing needed is a good strategy plan.
Quitting smoking naturally can be so daunting, here are some simple tips:
- Stay away from other smokers
- Be cognizant when you want to light up to avoid smoking out of habit
- Develop coping strategies, such as breathing exercises or yoga classes
- Replace cigarettes with chamomile tea to help with anxious feelings
- Give yourself a present each time you hit a “mile marker” without smoking
- Try meditation classes; they will teach you how to relax and stop ‘mind chatter’
- Make a list of reasons why you want to quit smoking and post them in your home
- Carry hard candy or gum with you to help with cravings and dry mouth
- Join a support group, or start one of your own, to encourage and help you
Smoking is an addiction, and addictions are hard to break. However, there are herbs that can help you, like Wild oats and Gotu Cola. These herbs can actually re-vitalize the brain and soothe the nervous system.
Remember, when at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. No matter how many times you fail, know that you are making a positive effort towards your goal. If the temptation gets overwhelming, go for a walk and start enjoying the benefits of not smoking instead!
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