Understanding Why Nicotine has a Hold on You

Understanding Why Nicotine has a Hold on YouAlmost every smoker will agree that nicotine has some sort of physical hold on them, but few actually understand why. They know that it is dangerous to their health, but the negative health consequences are not enough to make them quit. Only about 7% of the 35 million people who seriously attempt to quit each year actually succeed.

Nicotine reaches your brain within 10 seconds of inhalation and immediately causes biological and chemical changes. It is absorbed through the lining of the mouth and nose, through your skin, and into the lungs when it is inhaled. It triggers a dependency

How to Break Nicotine’s Hold on You

Having the right attitude is absolutely critical to breaking the hold. You should quit because you are tired of being a smoker, you realize it is time for a change, and you are ready to quit. To get yourself in the right mind frame, you can make a list of the reasons you want to quit and how much better your life will be once you quit. Write down all the damaging effects it has on your health and all of the exciting physical activities you will be able to do once you are non-smoker.

Find Healthy Substitutes

Sometimes all it takes is having something else in your mouth to distract you from the craving. One effective tip is eating raw vegetables or fruit. If you usually take a smoke break at work, you can take an apple break instead. Replacing the bad habit with new healthy habits and it will make it a lot easier to handle.

Ease Yourself into Quitting

If you feel confident you can handle it, many people have found success quitting “cold turkey.”  The first step to quitting cold turkey is setting a firm “quit” date. That way you can prepare yourself by cutting back gradually and adjusting some of your habits before you actually quit.

If you usually smoke when you are driving, try to last for one long car ride each day without smoking. Snack on pretzel sticks, chew gum, or sing in the car instead of smoking. This way you won’t have to break the habit all at once, you can ease into it. Take the time leading up to your quit date to mentally prepare yourself and get excited about the major life improvement you are about to make.

Try Unconventional Methods

There are many people who believe acupuncture can help you overcome an addiction. If you currently visit an acupuncturist for other ailments or if you have always been curious to try one, then make an appointment and see if it works for you. There is no harm in trying acupuncture and it could be the solution that finally helps you to quit smoking.

Quitting smoking is a commitment that you need to want for yourself. Focus on all the reasons you want to quit, set a date, make healthy adjustments to your habits, and stick with it. You are about to make a huge improvement to your life that will save you money and improve your health.

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