It’s time to start making New Year Resolutions – and one of the most common is to quit smoking. This fantastic article is here to help with that! It includes general ideas to make quitting easier, it rounds up some of the most effective herbs that can cut cravings and it includes a number of essential oils found to aid the withdrawal symptoms.
(originally written by Andrea)
Despite all our attempts at healthy living — i.e. subscribing to a nutrient dense diet and exercise — an addiction can get in the way of ultimate wellbeing.
Smoking, because of the nicotine found in cigarettes, is extremely addictive.
You see, nicotine acts in one of two ways:
1. Stimulant: Nicotine works to stimulate three primarily body systems.
- Central Nervous System
- Cardiovascular System
- Digestive System
2. Sedative: For some folks – smoking settles nerves and bring calm.
Whichever the action, and secondary sensation experienced, smoking is a very difficult habit to kick.
Although there are no easy ways to stop smoking, there are a multitude of natural remedies to help you quit that you can try that are not nicotine-based – like the most common mainstream, pharmaceutical nicotine replacement treatments.
To quit smoking naturally, all you have to do is educate yourself on the gifts available to help you quit smoking naturally. And of course, be determined to liberate yourself from the throes of nicotine addiction.
Ideas To Help You Quit Smoking
Make a list. Write down all motivating reasons that brought you to the decision to quit. Post it somewhere as a constant reminder.
Set a date. Having a goal – this could be weeks or months into the future — will allow you to stay focused and committed.
Change it up. Switch to a brand of cigarettes that you don’t like.
Just stop. Don’t stop smoking cold turkey, but maybe set guidelines for yourself. Agree to stop smoking during certain hours of the day and gradually increase this time period. Soon enough, there won’t be any time left for a smoke.
Make another list. This time, write down things that make you happy, joyful, and calm. When the temptation comes — choose these activities instead of smoking.
Crafty you. Learn a new craft or skill…something that requires the use of your hands (i.e. knitting, drawing/sketching, cooking, crocheting, sewing, gardening…).
Save your money. In a tucked away corner of your living space, place a jar. Fill it with the money you save from buying less cigarettes. You’ll be amazed!