Published: Tue, 24 Jan 2017 05:22:05 -0600
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:08:37 -0600So you light up a cigarettes, perhaps you are relaxing with a wine or a beer at the end of the day, or maybe you are stressed and stepping out of your workplace in to a grimy alley which is designated as a smoking place. The smoke enters your lungs, then your heart and quickly into your blood stream. The whole reason you lit up is to feel good, but the only way you can feel good is to pump about 200 of the 4000 toxic chemicals now circulating in your blood stream into your brain.
Thu, 12 Jan 2017 07:39:26 -0600There's and old joke that in the meal of bacon and eggs, the chicken was interested and the pig was committed, for obvious reasons. Here's the problem with being interested in quitting smoking or in anything in life, it is unlikely that there will be any result or tangible outcome. To me as a therapist when I hear someone say they are interested in making some important change, then they are either not ready to commit or they don't want to change, but are too polite or afraid to say so!
Wed, 11 Jan 2017 07:50:07 -0600In our lives and heads we have many departments. At work we step into one mental space, at home we take the attitude from a different space when playing with our children. If you were buying a home at first you are in the head space of the excited home owner with the vision of family life in your new home, but you have to swap over to the finance department or you may pay too much.
Thu, 05 Jan 2017 10:24:36 -0600As a smoker I'm sure you have heard more than enough about the risks and dangers. But have you considered your personal health span and how it is impacted. Firstly your health span is not about how long you will live it's the quality of life you will lead while alive and basically how long you have before your good health evaporates. Life spans for smokers has increased over the past decades because the medical profession simply has more drugs and surgical procedures which can keep you alive.
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:39:20 -0600Giving up cigarette smoking is a big undertaking. While your body rids itself of the physical pure nicotine dependency, your mind has to cut the mental fortress that cigarettes have over you. Laser treatment is an alternative that could assist smokers kick the behavior completely.
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 07:58:12 -0600The smoking rate among those addicted to any kind of substance is higher than the overall national smoking rate in the United States. Three out of four people are smokers among addicts, while the national smoking rate is one for every four persons who are not addicted to any substance.
Mon, 31 Oct 2016 08:15:18 -0500I wonder how much healthier you will be in 12 months if you quit smoking in the next week? Would you be 50% healthier or maybe more. How about fitness, I will guess you will be 100% fitter in a year. Most smoker don't exercise a lot because they think, what's the point of going to the gym if I smoke. But one of the first things that happens when a person quits is that they start back at some favourite activity, like gym, running walking, surfing etc.
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 07:43:12 -0500One of the most viewed TED talks in history is Amy Cuddy talking about how standing like Wonder Woman can help you to feel more confident. She is a psychologist who specialises in studying how human posture can affect our emotions and our wellbeing. In short standing up straight with your hands on your hips and looking the world in the eye just like wonder woman or superman will reduce your stress hormones in just 2 minutes and boost testosterone which is the confidence hormone. This was confirmed in studies by measuring blood hormone levels at two minute intervals.
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:12:17 -0500Some things seem to go together and for male smokers it is often sport and friends. For some these things are so bound up together that it is hard to separate them. In these situations they don't need to do the polite thing and go outside for a smoke. The TV room will be thick with smoke beer fumes and the smell of take away pizza.
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:01:07 -0500How you perceive yourself and the words you use to describe yourself could be critical to your quit smoking success. Most smokers would say "I am a smoker" this implies that they clearly identify as a smoker. Unconsciously that means that quitting will be harder because in order to do so means creating a new identify.
Mon, 17 Oct 2016 08:41:52 -0500So you smoke to manage your stress, which is very common. When you feel anxious, or overwhelmed you light a smoke, when you feel angry or sad you might smoke, or perhaps when you feel depressed or lonely, bored you smoke. Or maybe you smoke to relax and just let go. So many occasions, events and feelings are accompanied by cigarettes, and it may seem that life would be all hard to manage without them.
Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:15:17 -0500Today you may be thinking about quitting smoking, but chances are that you are still thinking how much you like smoking or at least wondering how you could manage without cigarettes. It has been said that people generally over estimate what we can do in the short term and under estimate what we can do in the long term.
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:25:11 -0500As I write this article I have had a stomach bug for 9 hours. It started at 3 am in the morning and I feel rubbish to say the least. Nauseous, aching and exhausted it's been a long day and unfortunately it's not over yet. This got me thinking about what it would be like to be really sick, to be chronically ill with the prospect of being disabled or dead.
Tue, 13 Sep 2016 15:31:55 -0500Most mornings I walk down by the river in my city. There are lots of people walking running and cycling. One man stands out, he is about 50 and is wears the full cycling outfit. Like a lot of riders his age his tight outfit struggles to contain his girth. But the thing that stands out the most is that he stops at the same water fountain for a drink and then lights up a cigarette.
Wed, 07 Sep 2016 13:29:17 -0500Smoking has become a global phenomenon. Many people get initiated into the world of smoking pleasure under the peer pressure. All of them are fully aware of the hazards associated with smoking habit. Once initiated, they cannot come back due to the craving for it. This article lists out top 10 non-medical ways to quit smoking for the benefit of its readers who are chronic smokers.
Mon, 29 Aug 2016 08:18:55 -0500I'm not a mind reader so I am often curious about what people are thinking when they are smoking. I'm even more curious when I see young people with a cigarette. I can understand someone in their fifties who grew up in in an era when smoking was cool and freely advertised in all forms of media. But when I see someone in their teens or twenties I am really curious. So I'm going to guess, some teenagers are sick of being told what to do by all kinds of authorities and smoking is one way to rebel or stand out in the crowd.
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 06:59:49 -0500A very common thing I hear from my quit smoking clients is that they enjoy smoking, they love to smoke when relaxing with friends, or having a drink or a coffee, but each day they wake up thinking that they wished they could quit cigarettes. It's like being torn in two directions at once, in the end something will fail, and it is usually the quitting which fails. It's like the person on the diet who eyes the dessert trolley and says, "I know I shouldn't but hit me with that big lump of sugary heaven". The struggle between good and bad seems endless.
Mon, 22 Aug 2016 15:40:14 -0500Many smokers believe that either it will be very difficult to quit or even impossible for them. This belief can be a self-fulfilling trap unless you realise that there is a way to escape. Henry Ford famously stated that "if you think you can or you think you can't you are right" So we can translate that as if you think you can quit or you think you can't you are right. This may sound too easy, but truly changing your mind and thinking can be tricky. Bruce Lipton Ph.D describes a human as a big petri dish and the medium that feeds us is our blood. He goes on to say that what defines the blood is our thoughts.
Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:58:54 -0500Right up front I have to say that the best way to quit smoking is with hypnosis. It simply works for most of the people most of the time. Most people will have little or no quit cravings but some will have a bit of a challenge on their hands. In my experience it is with those people who have long used smoking to manage their stress. Even though in the hypnosis process they discover that nicotine increases their stress hormones, a part of them clings to their old ways.
Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:27:16 -0500The belief of many smokers is that nicotine is as addictive as cocaine and this explains why it is so hard to quit. Even the drug companies support this argument by promoting drugs which have a serious impact on the dopamine receptors in your brain as a solution. This should solve the addiction right? Well about 23% of people do quit using the drugs, but many of the rest have side effects which are so disturbing that the risk reward is very bad. From nightmares, to vomiting to psychotic breakdowns and even heart attacks.
Fri, 19 Aug 2016 06:59:00 -0500Over the past few years I would have fielded perhaps 3000 phone inquiries from people interested in quitting smoking. I can usually tell very quickly which people will book an hypnosis session and which won't. I can now guess very accurately which people will sail through the process and which will have difficulty. Occasionally I get it completely wrong, but not often. When alarm bells ring on the phone, sometimes I will advise a person that I may not be able to help them, and usually I sense that at best they are wanting to try to quit, but there is just not enough commitment.
Thu, 18 Aug 2016 07:37:22 -0500The human body is very complex and it allows us to do amazing things, so it would seem only natural to look after the very thing that carries us through life. Strangely enough most people either don't think about it or just don't care. It doesn't make any sense unless you consider the time factor. If you place your hand on a hot plate then you will either move it or get burned. Either way you will get immediate feedback.
Mon, 15 Aug 2016 09:50:16 -0500Smoking is a perfectly designed trap. Most people start when they are young and open to peer pressure. The cigarette companies had carefully crafted their marketing messages for decades, before governments cracked down on their behavior, of course now they have turned their attention to promoting into developing countries with large populations.
Mon, 08 Aug 2016 08:23:33 -0500Quitting Smoking can be an anxious time for many people and there are a few reasons which can make it harder. The fear of the unknown. If you have smoked for a long time then you may be anxious about how you will manage your stress or boredom or drinking sessions without a cigarette. This anxiety is because you are looking at the future without cigarettes from a smokers perspective. A non-smoker never has such concerns.
Mon, 18 Jul 2016 08:29:17 -0500Australian smokers pay about 400% more for a packet of cigarettes than in many states of the USA. And they know that each year the price will rise to $40. Of course a couple of years later the cost of smoking will naturally rise again. The typical smoker I see as a client smokes one packet per day, which comes to an average of $150 a week depending on where they buy. All are aware of the weekly cost but few want to think about the long term.
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 06:54:21 -0500Those who wish to quit smoking are all too aware of the ever increasing number of rules being applied to you. I live in Brisbane and the city mall is declared a non-smoking zone, leaving smokers to huddle in lane ways during their breaks. You need to carry a tape measure with you or have a surveyor on hand to ensure you don't smoke within the restricted distance of a restaurant, or shop or school etc.
Tue, 21 Jun 2016 06:50:01 -0500Quitting addictions like cigarette can be a huge challenge. However, with the right treatment, individuals can easily and efficiently stop smoking which can help improve their future.
Wed, 08 Jun 2016 07:06:56 -0500It would be a powerful motivator if everyone who had smoked for more than a few years showed obvious signs in the mirror. It certainly does for some people especially for slim women around the age of forty. They tend to have a characteristic look around the mouth. Generally a series of deep lines which radiate away from the mouth. Older smokers tend to have a pale grey appearance which makes them look like the after world is just around the corner.
Thu, 02 Jun 2016 07:24:56 -0500At any time a high percentage of smokers would like to quit, but only a small number actually take action. You may be wanting to rid yourself of cigarettes, but are avoiding setting a quit date for a whole lot of different reasons. For some there is a belief that those who quit had more willpower, or strength or for some reason it was easy for them. But the real story is that many of them didn't want to quit, but they knew they just had to, or they were anxious of being without their smokes and stopped anyway.
Tue, 31 May 2016 08:48:42 -0500So you want to quit smoking but you have so many fond memories of cigarettes locked away in your unconscious mind. Looking cool, or more mature, relaxing or being part of a peer group all made smoking seem like a good idea. In time you used smoking to manage stress and boredom, or to help you to think so cigarettes took on a kind of therapeutic or medicinal role. Decades ago doctors even prescribed smoking for nervous people.
Thu, 19 May 2016 06:14:26 -0500Most smokers have set routines for smoking and feel cravings coming on if they miss those times. But an interesting study showed that the cravings were not fixed to time but to events. The study involved flight attendants. The routine was that after a four hour flight where they were free from cravings, that when the plane landed and arrived at the arrival gate they felt the cravings for a cigarette kick in. They then tested the same group of attendants on a six hour flight and found that were craving free until, once again they arrived at the arrival gate.
Mon, 16 May 2016 06:55:34 -0500Sometimes life can be cruel, sometimes tragedy strikes us or misfortune smacks us right in the face. It is more likely at these times that an ex-smoker will start smoking again especially if there are other smokers involved in the problem or are there to give comfort. If you are reading this it's more than likely that you have started again, as not many people tend to read my smoking articles just for fun or curiosity.
Mon, 02 May 2016 08:29:30 -0500I wonder how many smokers reading this have lost count of how many times they have quit smoking. The old joke goes something like "I've quit smoking hundreds of times, I do it every Monday" The problem is that each time most lose a little more confidence with each failed attempt and soon there is little belief left at all, so the next attempt is made with little expectation of success and usually this fails as well.
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 06:43:40 -0500Your challenge is to quit smoking, mine is to help you achieve that, but another challenge has been to communicate about how to quit smoking. When I wrote my first article I found it easy as I had plenty to say. But after ten articles I thought I had completely exhausted all my thoughts about quitting smoking cigarettes. But I kept on going and now this is my 300th article published on the subject. A reason I could keep going was because as I saw more and more smoking clients I learnt more and more about why people smoke and how to help them quit.
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:18:34 -0500Right up front I'm going to say that hypnosis is the best way to quit smoking by far. With that out of the way let's look at other things you can do to support your hypnosis. The key here is to understand yourself, your nature and what works for you. First up if you are a moderator you can start cutting down before your session. But if you are a abstainer cutting down will be hard. It will be all or nothing for you.
Tue, 26 Apr 2016 06:29:29 -0500The Author Nicholas Taleb wrote the book "The Black Swan". He is an expert in predicting major and usually bad events in financial markets. The thing about black swan events is that they are unexpected, but when viewed in hindsight there is usually a trail of clues leading up to the time of disaster. The problem is that most often these clues are ignored. Whether any smoker will have a black swan moment such as being diagnosed with a terminal illness is unknown, but probable.
Mon, 25 Apr 2016 08:07:59 -0500In the area of smoking where important change needs to be made, where there is a ton of information outlining exactly what happens to smokers, there are three groups of people. Those who don't want to change. Those who try and give up, the quitters. And those who commit themselves to change and quit successfully.
Mon, 25 Apr 2016 08:07:00 -0500As I was slurping on my morning coffee recently I observed lots of runners, walkers and cyclists passing by, puffing and sweating in the early morning, but one young women caught my eye. She had on super runner shoes and was kitted out in fashionable lycra exercise wear. What was different from all the others was she was drawing on a cigarette. My thoughts weren't about condemning her but more about the inner conflict she was experiencing.
Fri, 22 Apr 2016 06:52:45 -0500Going from being a smoker to being a non-smoker can seem like a giant step especially if you have struggled before in the past. And the idea of doing it in an hour or so using hypnosis can almost seem impossible. But so many smokers wake up Monday morning and decide to go cold turkey which is like jumping into the unknown without a parachute. For most they are lighting up again that week having suffered and struggled and annoyed a lot of people around them.
Thu, 21 Apr 2016 06:43:30 -0500It's commonly heard that someone steps outside for some fresh air, or a smoker says, just stepping out for a smoke, but have you ever said what you were really doing? Just stepping outside for some nicotine filled smoke, and while I'm there I'll suck in 200 chemicals which cross into my brain and the whole 2000 chemicals which head for my liver. At this point I might even imagine I can think more clearly, although it's hard to know with such chaos occurring in my grey cells.
Tue, 19 Apr 2016 07:03:42 -0500Smoking is injurious to health - we have been hearing this since our childhood. If this, or the numerous other reasons associated with smoking were not enough to kick the butt, there is another one to do so.
Thu, 14 Apr 2016 07:41:44 -0500Most clients I see for quitting smoking have tried most things and for many of them hypnosis is a little bit out of left field but they have generally heard it works. Hypnosis works because it allows you to focus very clearly on one idea for an extended period of time. Our conscious minds cannot hold a single thought for more than 15 seconds on average before we drift to something else. We cannot consciously hold two thoughts simultaneously and make any sense of either.
Thu, 14 Apr 2016 06:15:07 -0500In my younger years everyone smoked. There was barely a household where someone was not puffing away on cigarettes and the air always smelt of it. One ate with the smell, slept with it, even woke up to it, and it was quite normal to put up with it on public transport, in restaurants, even in the doctor's surgery.
Fri, 08 Apr 2016 08:50:14 -0500Cigarette smoking has a direct influence on many aspects of your health. Back pain is just one of them. You may say that your nicotine addiction doesn't have any influence on your pain. Cigarette smoking is a major factor in the development of chronic back pain. More specifically, it is a major cause of hypertension and coronary artery disease, which negatively influence back pain. Smoking affects your brain's addictive behavior and motivated learning connections. Smokers are three times more likely than nonsmokers to develop chronic back pain.
Thu, 07 Apr 2016 15:08:23 -0500Smoking hurts every single cell in your body and it influences every aspect of your life in a negative way. Your sex life is no exception. Nicotine addiction reduces your ability to feel pleasure and often it is the source of many arguments. No wonder that smokers are twice as likely to get divorced.
Wed, 06 Apr 2016 07:37:12 -0500When most people think about quitting smoking their thoughts turn to just stopping a cigarette in their mouth, but in my years of practice as a quit smoking specialist I have discovered there are a series of non essential things you can do to make the process smoother and to last much longer. Each of these actions by themselves helps just a little but in combination they have a powerful effect.
Thu, 31 Mar 2016 14:13:03 -0500The awful addictive to smoking is causing many to die of cancer. This insidious disease strikes any part of the body and can result in pain beyond description as the growing tumour stretches the tissues pulling them apart. It's many times worse than a splinter or of having your finger nails pulled off.
Wed, 23 Mar 2016 08:32:41 -0500Hypnosis can be a useful additional therapy for people who want to quit smoking. Read below to learn how hypnosis works to help people who want to kick their smoking habit away.
Mon, 21 Mar 2016 08:37:59 -0500I saw this on a Tee shirt recently a bit of a spin on what will you do when you grow up. But have you actually thought about how your life will be when you quit smoking. Most smokers focus on the cost and their health problems and of course how they are going to quit cigarettes. This focus grows with each attempt and soon failure becomes an expectation. So what happens next time to try to quit, of course you doubt you can succeed and throw in the towel at the first hurdle.
Thu, 17 Mar 2016 06:35:21 -0500Many people ask me how hypnosis works for quitting smoking and why it doesn't work for 100% of people. The 100% question is easy, there is no treatment or remedy in the world that works for 100% of people, because there is always the variable human response to intervention. As to how it works. Imagine you are standing in a queue for a top night club, outside you have made a decision to go in and have a great night, but you have to get past the bouncers first. This outside area is like your conscious mind, just because you want to go in doesn't mean anything.
Tue, 15 Mar 2016 06:42:40 -0500For many people quitting smoking is a kind of rough spiky experience but there is a way to smooth off the rough edges. In a previous life over 25 years ago I was a builder so I was thinking about the difference between running your fingers over a rough piece of timber and a nicely sanded piece. In life there are always easier or harder ways of doing things so why not make quitting as smooth as possible.
Thu, 10 Mar 2016 14:12:02 -0600It is one of the most insidious things that humans do and it doesn't only affect the smoker as many who breathe in the toxic fumes are also at risk. Cancer is the big one and should be warning enough and a strong reason to quite the habit. Unfortunately some would rather die from cancer than give it up.
Thu, 10 Mar 2016 06:33:26 -0600So you need a cigarette with your coffee or a beer or a glass of wine right! You need a smoke when you relax on your patio after work. Perhaps you light up when the phone rings and you settle in for a long chat or need a smoke when you drive. This is common right? Most smokers have their own habits and so do you. You are told over and over by the marketing world that nicotine replacement is the way to quit smoking.
Wed, 09 Mar 2016 06:48:38 -0600So many people struggle to stop smoking because of a simple problem. It's about the immediate reward as opposed to the delayed benefit of quitting. So you're bored, or stressed, driving or on the phone and you light up a cigarette and you are immediately rewarded. Suddenly your boredom is solved, you relax the phone conversation is much better.
Mon, 07 Mar 2016 15:29:51 -0600It is said in the area of creating new habits that there are two kinds of people. Moderators are the sort of people who can cut down and reduce their negative habits over time. Abstainers tend to be all or nothing. There is no cutting down, if you try you will experience a lot of stress and you will most likely fail. You know yourself better than anyone else what kind of person you are so it's important not to fool yourself. Cutting down smoking is always just a path to being a non-smoker, I'm sure you're aware that there is no safe level of smoking.
Mon, 07 Mar 2016 09:08:28 -0600Everything we do in life is driven by our emotions. Smoking for a while provided some emotional support for you, maybe it still does, but I'm sure you known that propping yourself up emotionally with a burning stick of tobacco is not a good way to live your life. As you get closer to quitting you are feeling new negative emotions with smoking such as fear of illness or death, or feeling a failure for not being able to quit up until now.
Tue, 01 Mar 2016 07:03:37 -0600In Australia one of our brilliant political parties is floating the idea of raising the price of a packet of cigarettes to $40 per packet. In the same breath they claim this will raise a fortune in extra taxes. I thought our caring governments were interested in helping people quit cigarettes, but it seems it is just a cynical grab for cash. After all most non-smokers would think it's a good idea and it's bad luck for smokers, so they should just suck it up.
Mon, 29 Feb 2016 08:48:55 -0600To quote Jim Rohn from his book "The five major pieces to the life puzzle" We cannot causally pursue the goal we have set for ourselves. A goal that is casually pursued is not a goal, at its best it is a wish, and wishes are little more than self-delusion.
Thu, 25 Feb 2016 07:46:11 -0600While out walking recently I saw a crushed empty cigarette packet which had been tossed on the ground. I guess this says a few things about the owner. They see littering as OK, good thing is that most smokers don't agree with them.
Wed, 24 Feb 2016 06:01:32 -0600When quit smoking clients come to see me, on their intake form I would estimate that 70% plus tick the box that boredom is a trigger for their smoking. If this is a problem for you then there are four important things to consider.
Tue, 23 Feb 2016 09:14:38 -0600You're an adult, you do what you like within reason, you choose to smoke and it is you who decides to quit right? The idea of the permission to stop smoking cigarettes is about giving yourself the permission to quit. Not seeking someone else's permission.
Thu, 18 Feb 2016 14:22:32 -0600Your first day without cigarettes can be difficult, but having a purpose will make it easier! Learn what reasons can help you quit smoking.
Tue, 16 Feb 2016 07:30:10 -0600Quitting smoking can be hard, especially if you try and do it all at once. Many people think they can just pick a day to quit smoking and stop. Just like that! They think it will be easy. But if it was that easy they wouldn't have to pick a day in the future. They'd quit today. Right now. But instead they pick a future date (usually January 1st) and think that by some miracle, they'll wake up on that day with the urge to smoke gone. But even though it's hard to quit there is an easy way to do it that's so simple that you won't even notice that you're quitting, until you realise you've stopped. Don't believe me? Then read on.
Tue, 16 Feb 2016 06:26:11 -0600Quitting smoking is never easy. Never. That's why so many try and fail. When you start to smoke cigarettes, it's an easy habit to form. But when it comes to quitting, it can be really difficult. It's a habit that is built up over years and years and so even though you may think you want to quit, deep down you may not really want to. You just want the urge to smoke to go away. So if you've been trying to quit smoking but you keep on failing, I have the answer for you. And it's so easy to do.
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 06:12:14 -0600You may not think that all the non-smokers out there have the habit of not smoking but there is some truth to it. Every smoker in the world who quit cigarettes has created the habit of not smoking. And many non smokers at some time in their life rejected the choice to smoke, perhaps because of health reasons or they didn't like the taste, but somewhere there they developed the habit of being a non smoker.
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 06:35:37 -0600Fear based articles are not my style, and fear is not a good motivator for people to quit smoking cigarettes. This article is different because I have had the displeasure of taking to many strolls through an oncology ward. The reason is because at the time of writing my father is in one. He never smoked and has an aggressive leukemia, but there are smokers with lung cancer in his ward.
Mon, 08 Feb 2016 08:22:27 -0600If you want to buy a gift for a smoker, don't buy them something that will help them to keep smoking. It's far too easy to buy them a fancy cigarette lighter or a nice ashtray, but these types of gifts will only help them to keep their bad habit. And it's a habit that is killing them. Literally. So instead buy them something that's not only useful but will help them to kick their habit and will save their life.
Thu, 04 Feb 2016 06:37:39 -0600When a middle aged man quit marijuana using hypnosis he described it as pulling back the curtain and seeing life properly for the first time in many years. Obviously pot is a popular social drug but for some the gloss wears off and all that is left is a habit which takes them away from a happy life.
Thu, 04 Feb 2016 06:32:11 -0600You might like to think that you can quit smoking anytime you want. But is it true? For instance, could you go the rest of today without smoking? Perhaps you could do it, but it would be hard, because whether you want to admit it or not, smoking is addictive and it's a hard habit to break. But it's easy with my quit smoking system. Just read on to find out how easy it is.
Fri, 29 Jan 2016 06:41:13 -0600It's funny how an old Disney cartoon can teach us a great deal about the ways in which we think about our habits and addictions. When we are controlled by our habits and addictions, we stop believing in our own capabilities.
Tue, 26 Jan 2016 08:31:19 -0600Quitting cigarettes is not easy. However, you can try some of the psychological strategies to avoid tobacco addiction. Read on to learn more.
Mon, 25 Jan 2016 07:49:01 -0600What do Smoking, exercise, healthy eating, unhealthy eating, sleeping in and getting up early all have in common? They are all habits. Some are simple some are complex but all come about by making some simple decisions over and over until those behaviors became automatic and therefore a habit. Remember when you started smoking, I bet you didn't like it, why would you, no one likes the taste of burning paper and dried up plant matter, no one really likes the irritation of smoke in their lungs.
Thu, 21 Jan 2016 06:29:02 -0600New Year has come and gone with millions of resolutions made, and most likely the majority of them will not be successful. The problem with resolutions is that most people make them in a half hearted way. It's as if there is no real expectation of following through so we just make them usually while drinking champagne and singing loudly. After the hangover of the New Year has lifted the resolution is reduced to a good idea at best. OK so not everyone makes drunken goals at New Year but most don't follow through, some don't even bother anymore to avoid failing.
Tue, 19 Jan 2016 06:46:05 -0600In recent weeks I've heard it said that sugar is the new smoking and also that sitting for long periods is the new smoking. All of this is meant to scare people into more activity while avoiding sweets. But the reality for you is that smoking is the new smoking. It's the number one problem in your life and all this other advice is of little importance to you if you don't quit smoking.
Tue, 12 Jan 2016 10:31:55 -0600Deaths in Australia - Tobacco smoking is one of the largest causes of preventable illness and death in Australia. Research estimates that two in three lifetime smokers will die from a disease caused by their smoking. The most recent estimate of deaths caused by tobacco in Australia is for the financial year 2004-05.
Mon, 11 Jan 2016 13:18:15 -0600You are smoking cigarettes not eating them so smoking can't be that bad for your stomach... can it? It can and it is. Like all good stories this begins at the beginning.
Wed, 23 Dec 2015 07:11:27 -0600Even though smoking is responsible for serious disease such as mouth and lung cancer, many people still smoke on a regular basis because of their addiction to nicotine. That's why even though many people want to give up nicotine, their intense carvings as well as the withdrawal symptoms makes it very hard. Most of the time, they go back to their old habit and this is harmful to their health.
Wed, 16 Dec 2015 08:01:27 -0600Our family lived in a small apartment once upon a time. We were only three little sisters then. Mom and Dad had a lot of responsibilities to take care of within the family. Additionally, Dad was working at the University. He found it hard to go on given all the pressures of life. So he took up smoking to be tension-free and relaxed. But the interesting point is that he eventually gave up smoking. So how did he go on from smoking to nonsmoking mode? How you can too. This is what this article is about.
Mon, 07 Dec 2015 10:00:26 -0600Some of my quit smoking clients also want to quit smoking marijuana as well, or some have quit cigarettes but now want to be free of pot as well. Most of these people are in their thirties and many of them tell me the same thing. That they never thought they would be adult smokers. They thought that marijuana was a thing to do in their youth and into their early twenties.
Mon, 07 Dec 2015 09:38:58 -0600Smoking cigarettes is a habit, a very powerful habit and no one disputes that. But that is simplifying a more complex issue. It's actually a lot of habits, all having their own triggers. So to quit smoking you have to understand your own habit of smoking, to understand the habit of quitting. Smoking when driving is a different habit than smoking when on the phone which is different than smoking when bored or stressed.
Fri, 04 Dec 2015 14:32:43 -0600Steven R Covey in his well-known book the 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People discusses in habit number 5 to put first things first. He asks the reader to write down one thing that they know they should be doing that would make a big difference to their life, that they are not yet doing. As a smoker what is one important thing that you will be doing as a non-smoker that your aren't doing as a smoker.
Fri, 04 Dec 2015 06:20:59 -0600You know that you need to quit smoking, in fact you know you should have quit a long time ago. There is no grey area with smoking, there is no doubt about the consequences and there is absolutely no question as to what your future holds for you if you don't quit. So why are you still smoking? Too hard to quit? Afraid to quit or maybe you just like smoking. You might want to smoke but you don't need to smoke and there is a big difference.
Wed, 02 Dec 2015 14:02:25 -06008 ways to be able to quit smoking successfully through detox and having a plan. Also teaching how to change habits and thought processes.
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:48:06 -0600Remember removing a band aid from your knee or from your child, if you carefully lift the edge and gradually ease it off, it takes much longer and draws out the pain. But if you bite the bullet and just rip it off the pain is short and sharp, but goes just as quickly. Quitting smoking is best done the same way. Trying patches or pharmaceuticals is a slow pull on the band aid, and cold turkey is like a big plaster patch being slowly ripped off a hairy leg.
Tue, 24 Nov 2015 06:27:17 -0600In the book "Mans Search For Meaning" by Victor Frankl he writes, "In the concentration camp every circumstance conspires to make the prisoner lose his hold. All familiar goals in life are snatched away. What alone remains is the last of human freedoms. The ability to choose ones attitude in a given set of circumstances."
Thu, 19 Nov 2015 06:18:00 -0600This may seem like a blindingly obvious statement, but in my years of experience in this field it is anything but obvious. The problem with most means of quitting smoking, is that you the smoker, are just an observer in the process. I believe this is because the quit smoking industry is mostly just another medical problem which is poorly managed through pharmaceutical drugs.
Tue, 17 Nov 2015 06:06:37 -0600I heard the look after your meat bag comment somewhere and it seemed to apply very powerfully to quitting smoking. A week ago today I checked into hospital to have a knee reconstruction. I was moved through a series of pre-surgery rooms over a period of three hours. I got to see a variety of people having either day surgery or staying overnight like myself or longer depending on their situation.
Thu, 12 Nov 2015 15:10:49 -0600EFT, short for Emotional Freedom Techniques, is a mixture of easily self-applied acupressure plus releasing wording. You can also visit a practitioner and have them apply the acupressure on you if you prefer. It seems to work by bringing up various aspects of why you smoke, one by one, and whilst the energy of each aspect is on the surface, the acupressure seems to release it. There has been research done on EFT and addictive cravings, with very good results. If you are planning to use EFT for stopping smoking, here are some tips to get you prepared before you start.
Wed, 11 Nov 2015 06:40:18 -0600Quitting smoking is something that all smokers want to do. But it's not easy. Many people mistakenly think that they can pick a day to stop smoking and on that day they'll (somehow) wake up as a non-smoker, or at least someone who will find it easy to quit smoking. But, sadly, it never happens that way. Happily though, there is another way that makes it so easy to quit smoking that you won't make the huge mistake that other quitters make.
Wed, 11 Nov 2015 06:39:31 -0600When you flip a light switch you can go from darkness to light in an instant. Such an amazing change all brought about by an invisible force that most of us fail to understand. Hypnosis can't work as fast as electricity but it is still a very quick way to quit smoking, often in under 90 minutes. This is remarkable especially for those people who have smoked for decades and perhaps believed that they could never quit.
Mon, 02 Nov 2015 09:19:11 -0600I wonder how many movies have depicted a couple smoking in bed after having sex. It's as if that high passion causes nicotine to drain away and it needs to be replaced immediately. Or maybe it was just stressful, because smokers like to smoke when stressed, could be one or both people were anxious about their performance. Maybe the James Bonds of old were a bit timid or shy! Or perhaps it gives a sense of clarity, because supposedly smoking helps people to think, so maybe they just realised it wasn't such a good idea after all.
Mon, 26 Oct 2015 09:39:26 -0500Smoking contains over 4,000 chemicals, 200 of those can cross into your brain, and 60 of these chemicals are known to cause cancer. But these chemicals do something else they strip nutrients from your body. The main vitamin stripped away by smoking is Vitamin C. The nutrient is so well known that its importance is often taken for granted and its in the list of sexy super foods simply because it's so easily available and it's hard to make it expensive.
Fri, 23 Oct 2015 10:03:26 -0500Over the years all kinds of people have come to see me to quit smoking, but one group always intrigues me. Typically they are young women in their twenties or early thirties, they eat a very healthy diet, often organic, they do yoga, or Zumba, Aerobics or some other active movement exercise, and commonly they hide their smoking from friends and class mates.
Wed, 21 Oct 2015 06:24:43 -0500Quitting smoking is one of the most important things you can every do for yourself and your family. So it's vital that you know what you are doing and why you are doing it. You can't afford to be casual about it and you can't afford to accept what you are told at face value. A hundred years ago it was known that smoking was a risk to health. Yet for decades medical doctors who worked for the cigarette companies lied straight to the camera at media interviews. In the early seventies researchers determined that smoking causes lung cancer, the US government suppressed that research until they couldn't hold it back any longer.
Tue, 20 Oct 2015 15:25:28 -0500Quitting smoking has never been such a top topic. Everyone wants you to do it. The government, television land, pharmaceutical companies, family, doctors, and even total strangers who give you the look as you sully their fresh air from across the street. You would think that all of this combined would be enough for you to quit easily, but here is the bad news, twenty family members, your doctor and your dog nagging you won't make a drop of difference. It's you and only you who has to provide the commitment, I guess if you have tried and failed before you may have already discovered this.
Tue, 20 Oct 2015 06:27:48 -0500Most people remember the television programme the wheel of fortune. The contestants spin the wheel to win a prize. So imagine a big spinning wheel and instead of prizes there are a selection of smoking related health problems, some mild, some severe and some fatal. Some could happen today and some are years off.
Thu, 15 Oct 2015 10:36:07 -0500In our attempts to raise awareness about lung diseases, we present this article on what goes wrong in the hundreds of unsuccessful cases where people have attempted to, but could not quit smoking. Quitting smoking or as a matter of fact, overcoming any form of addiction is a necessary step in ensuring that your lungs stay healthy and perform optimally.
Thu, 08 Oct 2015 06:09:26 -0500When it comes to bad news from smoking there seems to be no end to the options available to you. But here's one you mightn't have considered. If you're a woman nice legs is generally desirable, if you're a man maybe strong legs is the preference, but in either case having both of them is always very handy. Ask anyone who doesn't. Smoking affects your circulation and this links in with diabetes. The effects are gradual and progressive.
Wed, 07 Oct 2015 11:17:50 -0500When you give up smoking you have to beat the nicotine addiction, and the habit, and that's not easy to do. Here are ten proven methods that can help you do both, and quit smoking for good.
Mon, 05 Oct 2015 08:23:21 -0500When we think about the effect of quitting smoking most attention is given to the lungs, I'm sure you know plenty about lung cancer and emphysema for starters. But the lungs are just the celebrities in the risks of smoking world. There are lots of other body parts which suffer as well. Your adrenal glands are very useful to have working well. They perform many useful functions including: Producing adrenalin, help you react quickly in times of heightened stress or danger.