Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Tips to Quit Smoking

It's time to quit!
dirty ash tray
You know you have to quit smoking. 

Smoking causes high blood pressure, a long list of diseases and it steals your beauty away. 


Smoking causes premature wrinkling of the skin, broken blood vessels, uneven skin color, a grayish complexion, yellowy brown stained nails and makes you smell bad. Read more about smoking's effect on skin at DermNet NZ


Plus, the world is becoming less and less friendly for smokers. There are so many places you are not allowed to smoke.


Here are some tips from various organizations including The American Cancer Society to help you quit. 


It is best to come up with a plan before you stop smoking.



Before you quit

Start by setting a date to quit. Make the commitment. Mark it on you calendar and tell your friends and family. Then, start your preparations.


If you decided to use a prescription aid, such as Chantix or Zyban, see your doctor then start taking it 1 to 2 weeks before quit day.


Start smoking fewer cigarettes each day 2 weeks before quitting day.


Get some nicotine gum, lozenges or patches as a temporary tool to reduce withdrawal symptoms and make it easier to quit. Check with your doctor or pharmacist for advice. 


Stock up on items to keep your mouth busy: gum, carrot sticks, hard candy, sunflower seeds, coffee stirrers, straws, toothpicks, etc.


Eat more fruits and veggies. A Duke University study suggests fruits and veggies make cigarettes taste bad.


Sign up for a stop smoking program. The American Lung Association offers  the Freedom From Smoking program. It is available as a group clinic, an online program or a self help book.  http://www.lung.org/stop-smoking/


Hypnosis is a great option for some people. It doesn't work for everyone, though. Hypnosis works best when combined with other quitting techniques. 



Quit Day & Always

Get rid of all ash trays, cigarettes, lighters and matches.


Ask your friends and family not to smoke around you and keep their cigarettes out of sight.


Increase you physical activity. Try walking.


Change your routine such as if you smoke while drinking coffee, drink tea instead. Eat or drink your coffee in a different place. Avoid alcohol if it makes you want to smoke.


Avoid situations where you have a strong urge to smoke.


Put the money you would spend on cigarettes in a jar. Use the money to give yourself a weekly treat. Maybe a manicure or some music from itunes.


Don't think you can have just one because you are stressed. Don't even have one puff!


You can do it! Be strong. Use your will power. Your friends and family need you to be healthy and know you can do it!


Have a Beautiful, Healthy Day!
  xo 
Jill
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