|Green Ways to Quit Smoking!|
|Written by Danielle Salley, Four Green Steps|
|Friday, 25 June 2010 10:26|
Written by Danielle Salley, Four Green Steps
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Take on a positive mindset: think clearly about the benefits of quitting smoking. For starters, calculate the money you will save each month/year, not to mention the years you will be adding to your life!
Put the money saved to good use: smoking is an expensive habit, so treat yourself to something you’ve had your eye on. You deserve it!
Use oral substitutes: get creative, as everyone’s different, but here are a few suggestions to curb your habits: take 10 deep breaths when a craving kicks in, eat carrots and celery sticks, chew gum, and suck on licorice sticks or toothpicks…
Quality distractions: ensure you have enjoyable ways to distract yourself at tough times, like listening to your favourite playlist, drawing, chatting with a good buddy, gardening, going for a walk/run, playing sports or even baking! Find your own outlets.
Try increasing the intervals between cigarettes: start by holding out 5-10 minutes before smoking your next cigarette, and slowly increase your breaks between smokes incrementally as you see fit.
Eat, drink and be merry: make sure to exercise regularly, drink water and eat properly.
Remember booster foods: garlic is high in sulphur and selenium which helps pull cadmium from the body (a toxic mineral by-product of smoking). Garlic is good for the immune system, is antimicrobial and anti-viral, plus helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Ginger has antioxidant properties and stimulates digestion and better circulation. Did I mention garlic/ginger make any dish taste delicious?!
Natural herbs can ease cravings: many people today are turning to natural, holistic approaches to quit smoking. Here are seven herbs that help treat certain withdrawal symptoms:
Meet with a hypnotherapist: hypnosis is a great way to break old habits and replace them with new, positive habits. Curious?
To be blunt: quitting smoking, particularly for someone who has been a smoker for years, will likely be one of the hardest things you will ever do. Nonetheless, the numerous benefits of living smoke-free leave the decision alone to be a no-brainer. So sum up your will power, and make it happen!
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