May 31 marks World No Tobacco Day, and so we thought we’d share a few creative ways to kick your tobacco smoking habit for good.
Smoking rates in Australia and New Zealand continue to fall, with strict enforcement of non-smoking regulations in both countries cited as being the cause. Alarmingly, millions in both countries, however, do still smoke regularly. Many do attempt to give up, but despite their efforts, including switching to e-cigarettes or simply going cold-turkey, fail. If this sounds like you or your partner, why not try one of these creative, but effective ways of stubbing your bad habit.
Possibly the most important question you can ask yourself when looking to quit smoking is, “Why do I do it?” Understanding what triggers your addiction is the first step in trying to break it. Stress at work is an example; you find yourself having to go for a smoke break just to escape the stress of your office. Instead of lighting up on your next break, why not find another form of escape, such as a brief moving meditation.
Getting advice and seeking help from others is important, as it holds you accountable and can serve as a strong motivator. But once you’ve tried all the aids with little positive impact, it might be a good idea to try something totally different, such as hypnosis. Hypnotherapy helps open your mind to different suggestions, changing the way you think about smoking, so that next time you think about lighting up, you’re repelled by the thought of it.
Share your journey
Social media sharing is all the craze, so why not post motivational messages to your Facebook wall or smoke-free images on Instagram. These will help you stay motivated and draw others in. By doing this, your quest to quit becomes a public spectacle – so failure is not an option!
Medical conditions associated with tobacco smoking are some of the largest preventable causes of death and disease. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, tobacco smoking is associated with an increased risk of a wide range of health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer, renal disease, eye disease and respiratory conditions such as asthma, emphysema, and bronchitis.