A few tips how to overcome your desire to smoke and live your life without addictions:
1. Delay. Wait for a few minutes and say “later”.
2. Breathe. Take long deep breathes in and out. For more profound breathing techniques join the Art of Living Happiness Program or a Sri Sri Yoga Course (www.artofliving.org)
3. Chew something. Chose a healthy snack: dry fruits, nuts or veggies. Avoid sugar.
4. Drink water. Prefer still spring water.
5. Make yourself busy. Engage in different activities to distract your mind from desire to smoke. Do a random act of kindness!
6. Avoid places and environment with smokers.
7. Meditate. Join a free online guided meditation: http://www.artofliving.org/online-guided-meditation
8. Pray. Ask for willpower and freedom from smoking.
9. Do a few simple stretches or yoga asanas. Learn how to overcome smoking with yoga: http://www.artofliving.org/in-en/yoga/health-and-wellness/overcome-smoking-with-yoga.
10. Become aware of the cost! Just calculate how much money you can save by not buying cigarettes.
NHS Smokefree Brochure (http://gosmokefree.nhs.uk/) brings amazing facts what happens when you stop smoking:
20 minutes – Your blood pressure and pulse return to normal. Circulation improves – especially in your hands and feet.
8 hours – Your blood oxygen levels return to normal and your chance of having a heart attack falls.
24 hours – Carbon monoxide leaves your body. Your lungs start to clear out mucus and debris.
48 hours – Congratulations. Your body is now nicotine free. And have you noticed how your sense of taste and smell have improved?
72 hours – Your breathing is easier. You have more energy.
2-12 weeks – Circulation is now improved throughout your body. It’s easier for you to walk and exercise now.
3-9 months – Your lung efficiency is up by 5-10 per cent. Breathing problems are fading away. Say goodbye to coughing, shortness of breath and wheezing.
5 years – You now have only half the chance of getting a heart attack compared to a smoker.
10 years – The chance of you getting lung cancer is now half that of a smoker. Your chances of having a heart attack are now the same as someone who’s never smoked.
Stop Smoking and Start Living!!