Is your naughty habit smoking? Are the ash and little white stick controlling your day-to-day existence? Have you tried to kiss the nicotine goodbye? To give up successfully, you seriously need to want to end your affair with cigarettes. There is life after smoking and you will enjoy it so much more!
Every organ in yourbody suffers from the effects of inhaling the poisonous toxins every cigarette holds inside. It is not easy to quit smoking but it is achievable and you can do it!
Commonly known toxins contained in each cigarette!
Benzene, found in pesticides and gasoline.
Formaldehyde, this chemical used to preserve dead bodies.
Vinyl Chloride, a man-made chemical used to make plastics, this is found in cigarette filters.
Arsenic, a poison used in pest control; especially for rat infestation.
Carbon Monoxide found inside the vehicle exhaust.
Nicotine, a chemical used in pesticides.
Ammonia, used in fertilizers and cleaning products.
There are manyaids on the market these days that can help those initial cravings to light up. A few examples are chewing gum, patches, mouth sprays and prescribed tablets from your doctor. There is also the electronic cigarette which imitates the real thing and many smokers have been able to give up successfully with this device. A lot of willpower is required to assist the process. However, willpower alone can sometimes fade away after a few weeks and this is when the aids take-over to help you jump those hurdles to becoming a non-smoker.
Smoking can encourage many diseases to develop. The one most associated with smoking is cancer, but others include, heart disease, strokes, emphysema, and bronchitis.
The carbon monoxide and nicotine in every single cigarette smoked will increase the heart rate, and cause the blood pressure to rise, putting a strain on blood vessels and the heart. This is what causes strokes and heart attacks. Carbon monoxide deprives the brain, tissue, and muscles in the body of oxygen. The body then has to work harder to overcome this. Eventually, the airways will become swollen and less air will enter the lungs.
Change the Normal Routine
Changing the normal routine you had when you smoked will help. If you went downstairs first thing in the morning for a cup of tea or coffee and a cigarette, change the habit and take a shower first. By the time you have finished the urge to light up will have diminished. Altering your routine completely will help the process of giving up, because you won’t associate a certain habit with smoking, such as that cigarette after a meal.
Do the Sums!
Give yourself a treat when you have saved the money. Let’s do the sums. Five pounds per day spent on cigarettes = £35 per week = £140 per month = £1,680 a year. What could you treat yourself or your family too with that? There are many positive points to giving the cigarettes the red card!
Life After Smoking
Your body will begin to recover from the effects of smoking as soon as you stop. Think about your clothes and hair that won’t smell of stale smoke anymore and your home will be fresh as a daisy! The appetite will bounce back and food will start to taste better. Energy levels will increase and you won’t feel so tired. There will be more pennies in the purse. You won’t have to stand outside the pub or restaurant to have a cigarette or the workplace, especially in bad weather conditions. You could get cheaper life insurance, smokers pay more but if you have stopped smoking for a few years this could be cheaper. You could survive into the mature years!
You may start to gain weight because you start eating unhealthy foods to replace a cigarette. Snack on fruit and drink water throughout the day for the first few weeks. Don’t substitute cigarettes for alcohol. Try to abstain from alcohol in the first stages of giving up smoking because this could reduce your willpower levels. You may feel anxious and this could make you moody. Exercise to reduce the anxiety and do breathing exercises (which you can do anywhere) by breathing in slowly through your nose and exhaling slowly through the mouth. Keep this going until you feel less stressed.
The Choice is Yours
At this time there is a choice to give up or not give up. It will be a different story in the future if that choice has gone because you have developed smoke-related terminal cancer or a disease associated with smoking that will greatly affect your life. That’s the reality check because it could happen to you.
I am retired and enjoying studying all things related to life coaching and health issues in general. I have studied Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Integrated Wellness on the Udemy learning platform and have attended other online colleges to study various courses from anti-aging to hygiene and infection control.
I reside with my husband Eddie in Hertfordshire UK.