The way people get introduced into cigarette smoking is often very easy and luring. Ignorantly or willfully both the young and the old who are now addicts to these substances started small from a friend and progressively graduated to irresistible addiction. Even though the best solution to this kind of addiction is quitting, it is important to appreciate that this will not come in a silver platter. Somebody will have to work for it by resisting the urge of smoking in all circumstances as and when they come. It will not be easy however we have real time addiction experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury (MD). Doctor Akoury is also the founder of this facility whose primary objective is to bring hope to the hopeless drug addicts from our societies. Therefore as we progress into the discussion, you have any concerns relating to any kind of addiction, then this is the right place for you. You may therefore want to schedule for an appointment with doctor Dalal Akoury today for the commencement of your treatment that will restore back your health and life all in just a couple of weeks and at a very pocket friendly rates.
Resisting the urge of smoking in all circumstances: How can I resist the urge to smoke when I’m around smokers?
You may want to analyze situations in which watching others smoke triggers an urge in you to smoke. Figure out what it is about those situations that makes you want to smoke. Is it because you associate feeling happy with being around other smokers? Or, is there something special about the situations, such as being around the people you usually smoked with? Is it tempting to join others for routine smoke breaks?
Here are some tips:
- Limit your contact with smokers, especially in the early weeks of quitting.
- Do not buy, carry, light, or hold cigarettes for others.
- If you are in a group and others light up, excuse yourself, and don’t return until they have finished.
- Do not let people smoke in your home. Post a small “No Smoking” sign by your front door.
- Ask others to help you stay quit. Give them specific examples of things that are helpful (such as not smoking around you) and things that are not helpful (like asking you to buy cigarettes for them).
- Focus on what you’ve gained by quitting. For example, think of how healthy you will be when all smoking effects are gone from your body and you can call yourself smoke-free. Also, add up how much money you have saved already by not purchasing cigarettes and imagine (in detail) how you will spend your savings in 6 months.
Many smokers light up a cigarette right after they wake up. After 6 to 8 hours of sleep, a smoker’s nicotine level drops and the smoker needs a boost of nicotine to start the day. After you quit, you must be ready to overcome the physical need and routine of waking up and smoking a cigarette. Instead of reaching for your cigarettes in the morning, here are some tips:
- The morning can set the tone for the rest of the day. Plan a different wake-up routine, and divert your attention from smoking.
- Be sure no cigarettes are available.
- Before you go to sleep, make a list of things you need to avoid in the morning that will make you want to smoke. Place this list where you used to place your cigarettes.
- Begin each day with a planned activity that will keep you busy for an hour or more. It will keep your mind and body busy so you don’t think about smoking.
- Begin each day with deep breathing and by drinking one or more glasses of water.
Resisting the urge of smoking in all circumstances: How can I resist the urge to smoke when I’m feeling stressed?
Most smokers report that one reason they smoke is to handle stress. This happens because smoking cigarettes actually relieves some of your stress by releasing powerful chemicals in your brain. Temporary changes in brain chemistry cause you to experience decreased anxiety, enhanced pleasure, and alert relaxation. Once you stop smoking, you may become more aware of stress.
Everyday worries, responsibilities, and hassles can all contribute to stress. As you go longer without smoking, you will get better at handling stress, especially if you learn stress reduction and relaxation techniques.
Here are some tips:
- Know the causes of stress in your life (your job, traffic, your children, money) and identify the stress signals (headaches, nervousness, or trouble sleeping). Once you pinpoint high-risk trigger situations, you can start to develop new ways to handle them.
- Create peaceful times in your everyday schedule. For example, set aside an hour where you can get away from other people and your usual environment.
- Try relaxation techniques, such as progressive relaxation or yoga, and stick with the one that works best for you.
- Rehearse and visualize your relaxation plan. Put your plan into action. Change your plan as needed.
- You may find it helpful to read a book about how to handle stress.
Resisting the urge of smoking in all circumstances: How can I resist the urge to smoke when I’m driving or riding in a car?
You may have become used to smoking while driving—to relax in a traffic jam or to stay alert on a long drive. Like many smokers, you may like to light up when driving to and from work to relieve stress, stay alert, relax, or just pass the time. There is some evidence that smoking actually does make you feel more awake and alert.
- Tips for short trips:
- Remove the ashtray, lighter, and cigarettes from your car.
- Keep nonfattening snacks in your car (such as licorice, sugarless gum, and hard candy).
- Turn on your favorite music and sing along.
- Take an alternate route to work or try carpooling.
- Clean your car and make sure to use deodorizers to reduce the tobacco smell.
- Tell yourself:
- “This urge will go away in a few minutes.”
- “So, I’m not enjoying this car ride. Big deal! It won’t last forever!”
- “My car smells clean and fresh!”
- “I’m a better driver now that I’m not smoking while driving.”
When you are driving or riding with other people:
- Ask passengers not to smoke in your car.
- If you’re not driving, find something to do with your hands.
Your desire to smoke may be stronger and more frequent on longer trips. Doctor Akoury says that you may want to apply the following tips for long trips:
- Take a stretch break along the way.
- Take fresh fruit along.
- Plan rest stops.
- Plan stops for water or fruit juice and always ensure that you consult with professionals from AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center from time to time for safety.