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Quit Smoking Hints and Advice

Updated on September 7, 2009

Quit Smoking Help

Do you smoke? A lot of people have quit by means of an assortment of different methods. I am a hypnotherapist and have helped many fellow smokers [yes I used to be one of them myself so I know what I am talking about] quit. Also I am not a doctor, I am a hypnotherapist, and these are my thoughts and information I have given to clients I have helped to quit smoking. Please consult your physician to quit smoking.

One of the first things you must have … and this is very important … is the desire to stop smoking. If you want to quit for someone else, more than likely your effort will not be successful. The only way to be successful is to truly want to please you. You must want this for you.

Anyhow, here are some of the most common symptoms of recovery for smokers. :

Heavy smokers, often find they cough more, have a sore throat, and have excess brown stained mucus because of the tobacco tars. In a non-smoking person tiny hair like ‘cilia’ cleans out intrusive materials such as germs, mucus, and dirt from your nasal, trachea, and lung passages. Nicotine has an anesthetic effect on the ‘cilia’ and prevents the natural cleaning our process. As a result, smokers develop shortness of breath, a hacking cough, and wheezing.

After you stop smoking, the ‘cilia’ resume activity and ‘sweep out’ this accumulated respiratory garbage inside your breathing passages. This is a part of the repair process and perfectly normal. After a period of time, you will be able to breathe cleanly again, smell and taste things distinctly, and wake up in the morning with a clear throat and nose.

A dry throat sometimes follows quitting smoking. This is part of the repair process and does not last long. Drink fluids to ease it. Go easy on alcohol after quitting smoking. Alcohol tends to work against all the positive directives to your subconscious. Relapse is frequently connected with alcohol. If you do decide to drink after quitting, you must be extremely cautious. Make up your mind now that you will not smoke if you have had a few drinks, even though it seems like a good idea at the time. IT IS DEFINITELY NOT A GOOD IDEA. When you are drinking, it is easy to rationalize yourself back into smoking. Try to be with a non-smoker and it is important to explain to that person you may need support.

DO NOT TALK YOURSELF INTO SMOKING AGAIN. Many people reach a point in their nonsmoking lives when they feel that have the situation ‘under control’ and having a cigarette ‘just once’ won’t hurt. This could easily be the beginning of the short road back to smoking.

After you quit smoking, you may feel a bit light headed. That is just your lung cells starting to take in the amount of oxygen you normally need that smoking has deprived you of by choking the cells of the lungs. Your body will soon adjust to this new, normal oxygen ration.

If you feel a little listless, tired or lethargic for a few days, that is simply your pulse rate and blood pressure coming back to normal, from their abnormal stimulation by nicotine. Your body will soon adjust.

The following are some breathing exercises to manage urges to pick up that cigarette.

If you are in a situation in which you used to smoke, it is only natural that you will think about a cigarette. Instead of thinking self-defeating thoughts like, “I’d love to have a cigarette right now”, remind yourself how far you have come and how much you have accomplished. Tell yourself you do not smoke nor do you want to. Go right on with what you are doing and take long, slow, relaxing breaths, and that thought of smoking will readily pass. If you do nothing about the smoking urge it will pass in a few seconds. Distracting puts you in control. Wear a rubber band on your wrist and if you have thoughts of cigarettes just snap the rubber band on your wrist to break that thought.

There is an effective quick inhalation exercise that will help you cope with a stressful situation. First, form your mouth into a small circle, as if you were going to whistle. Then take a breath, inhaling through the circle you formed with your mouth. Throw your head back gently, exhale through your mouth in the same manner, and relax. Repeat as necessary. Breathing exercises will help you reduce tension.

Another hint to help is to drink lots of water. Water will help you flush the nicotine poisons out of your body. Improve your diet by eating celery and carrot sticks. In a few weeks you will have gotten rid of the urge to have something in your mouth.

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