Last week I started a series on the heart that was inspired by the untimely death of Michael Clarke Duncan. In that post, I had a list of 5 things to do to help improve the health of your heart and give it the best chance to keep on tickin’ ~ first of which is to quit smoking.
You don’t smoke? Great!
If you do, though, this is for you.
I was going to say that if you smoke or know someone who smokes, that this is for you or you could pass this info to them, but here’s the deal ~ chances are they already know this information. And so do you. Passing this or any other information to them or you is useless. It may make you feel better and it may make me feel better ~ like we’re doing something ~ showing that we care.
They already know that too. The truth is, when it comes to any addiction ~ and, yes, it’s an addiction ~ the addict has to come to this conclusion themselves. They have to want it. I mean really want it and be ready to fight for it. Then and only then is it going to happen. Tough pill to swallow, but true.
I was also going to tell you a story about a woman who smoked for most of her life and developed lung cancer.
I was going to tell you that the only thing that saved her life was that she was scheduled for another procedure, was given an x-ray, it was caught early and removed.
That’s a fluke ~ that’s divine intervention ~ that’s lucky.
This story is true and it’s important and it’s about a woman I like to call mom, but it won’t do other smokers any good. Nope, no good whatsoever because people in general have a “that’s not gonna happen to me” kind of mentality. I know I do.
We may be right. Look at George Burns, right?
Who knows? Genetics may be in their favor and smoking may not affect them and their health all that much. Maybe.
It’s a gamble…
Those who are ready to stop smoking, though ~ those who are looking for help ~ this is for you. If it helps just one person, I’ll be a happy gal.
I searched and searched to find a variety of different ways to quit. This is what I came up with:
- Positive affirmations ~ getting up in the morning, looking in the mirror and saying to yourself that you won’t smoke and that you are a non-smoker.
- Staying out of situations that encourage you to smoke.
- Hypnotherapy ~ hopefully they won’t have you cackle like a chicken every time the phone rings.
- Drink herbal tea ~ every time you want a smoke, brew up some tea ~ apparently, it takes the edge off.
- Visualize watching or playing tennis ~ I…I don’t know…
- Yoga ~ It doesn’t have to be all Ommmmm and kooky music ~ there are all kinds of yoga out there. Try one. ..or five.
- Exercise ~ When you feel the urge ~ go for a walk or a run.
- Cold Turkey ~ Toss ’em. Yeah, this one’s tough.
- Chew on a Toothpick ~ My uncle quit smoking decades ago and, to this day, still chews on a toothpick. …but he doesn’t smoke!
- Suck on a Lemon ~ Wasn’t this a saying back in the day? Go suck a lemon.. But this advice is quite literal.
- Chew gum ~ The nicotine kind or the non-nicotine kind. Keep your mouth busy.
- Busy your Hands ~ Find something constructive to do with your hands, other than to hold a cigarette.
Once you’re in the process of quitting, up your vitamin C and vitamin E to combat the free radicals and carcinogens found in smoke and in your body.
Good luck on your journey. I’m pulling for you!
So, tell me ~ have any of you quit smoking? If not, what’s your biggest struggle in trying? Do you have any other methods that worked for you or someone you know?