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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Why quit smoking seems so hard

The pleasures of smoking

It’s not easy to let go of something that’s been such an integral part of your life for so long. That little stick of tobacco has stuck with you through thick or thin, rain or shine, day or night. With minimal effort it has provided hours of comfort and activated the pleasure centers in your brain. No wonder the thought of quitting seems so daunting. Who wants to give up something that can temporarily make sadness, stress, and boredom evaporate into thin air? Just thinking about it can stop you in your tracks. But that’s exactly what’s needed. Stop for a moment and think about why smoking is in your life. What purpose does it serve?

How to get your smoking needs met without smoking

Whatever your reasons are for having smoking in your life, there is an alternative behavior you can substitute in place of smoking which will achieve the same result in the end. Only you can determine what will work for you. Some examples include:

Purpose of SmokingSample Substitute Behaviors

Relaxation or stress reduction

Deep breathing exercises, meditation, massage or exercise

Boredom or Loneliness

Find something you’re passionate about such as art, music, or literature

To feel more comfortable in social situations

Counseling, enroll in a public speaking class, join a support group or splurge on a makeover

A meal doesn’t feel quite complete without a cigarette

Eat a healthy meal and then top it off with a delicious dessert

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