30 November 2007

What does Smoking Really Mean to You?

What does Smoking Really Mean to You?All smokers have a mental wall between smoking habit and the severe reality of the damage from every cigarette smoked. Lie allows smokers to light up with some level of comfort. And because smoking is usually a slow killer, those lies support the structure of wall of denial for years and years.

With the lapse of time, most smokers find that the wall begins to fall down, and bit by bit, smoking becomes a terrible, anxious activity. They find themselves feeling miserable, weak and desperate. At that instant, most smokers start seriously thinking about how they might find a way to quit smoking for good.

A crucial step in the recovery process from nicotine addiction involves breaking through that wall of denial to put smoking in the correct light. Nicotine addiction is in smoker's thoughts and feelings that control smoker. Smokers think of cigarettes as a part of their lives or even as a friend.

How smokers can change the meaning of something that has become so firmly attached to their lives? Smokers need to learn to see cigarettes not as the friend or buddy they cannot live without, but as the horrific killers they truly are. Control your thoughts and shape your attitude to addiction in right way and corrections in thinking will have desired effect.

If you never change the relationship you have with cigarettes, the chains of addiction will continue to hold you tight. Change the way you think and you can free yourself in an instant. But, remember, quitting smoking is not a race. Take the time to clear the addiction you have to your cigarettes, and you won’t be overwhelmed with thoughts of smoking in the years to come.

If you are thinking that it is time to quit smoking, or just need some motivation to keep going, educate yourself about nicotine addiction. Though most smokers avoided reading information about smoking cessation, education about nicotine addiction is powerful. It will remove the blinders, teach you what to expect as you go through the smoking cessation process, and most importantly, education will help you begin to change what smoking means to you.

28 November 2007

Look At What Has Happened To Me And Tell Me Smoking Is Worth It

Look At What Has Happened To Me And Tell Me Smoking Is Worth ItIsaac keery, 62, who had a lung removed after being told he had just a year left to live is urging smokers to think twice about lighting up.

Mr Keery, was diagnosed with cancer last April and told he could expect to live just 12 months if he didn't have his left lung taken out.

Recalling the moments when he was given the heart wrenching news an emotional Isaac said: "It didn't dawn on me how serious things were until a Macmillan Nurse spoke to me at the hospital after my x-ray and scan results were in. I kept thinking, "am I really going to die?"

Six months on after his diagnosis Isaac is asking smokers to give up the habit.

He said, "I used to smoke 20-30 roll ups a day before I became ill, but when I was told about the cancer I was smoking up to 75 a day. My nerves were wrecked, I knew I shouldn't but I just couldn't help myself."

"I want to get the message across to people that smoking could claim your life. People will normally dismiss calls to stop but, when I show them my scars they are shocked and left speechless."

Isaac's great sense of humour and the support of his family has clearly helped him on his road to recovery but he realises that life is precious and treasures every minute he has.

He joked: "I told my doctor that I am hanging around until my youngest grandson is married, he's three."

19 November 2007

Already Quitted? What's your next goal?

Quitting Smoking Life Goals
Goals are dreams with deadlines.

When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live life.

Many ex-smokers forgot about their struggle with smoking, all quitting smoking drama, and finally forgot their pride of leaving this unmitigated evil behind not long after smoking cessation process. There is no doubt that it's not good to forget any experience, and it's not good to stop self-perfection process.

Do you remember a man that gave up smoking, drinking, sex, and rich food? He was healthy right up to the day he killed himself. So, maybe, it is not good idea to implement new great life changes for ex-smoker, who quitted smoking three or less months ago, it is too early to make some other movements. However, it's not good if you can't praise yourself for something more than one year old quitting smoking triumph. You must have some further ideas of self-development.

First, ex-smoker needs to give priority to personal goals, but, certainly, one of the most important goals is health. Many of ex-smokers not have the time in their busy schedule (or have strong enough reasons) to implement a balanced and healthy lifestyle, but ex-smoker should try to follow through plain health principles such as enough sleep, a healthy diet and plenty of exercise.

Goal setting is a powerful process that helps ex-smoker choose where to go in life. By knowing exactly what you want to achieve, you know where you have to concentrate your efforts. Decide what you want to do with your life, and what major goals you want to achieve, and then divide these into the smaller and smaller aims that you must strike to reach your lifetime goals. Finally, once you have your plan, start working on it.

When you have achieved a goal, take the time to enjoy the satisfaction of having done so, as you did when finally quitted. With the experience of having achieved this goal, observe the progress you have made towards other goals. Adjust your goals regularly to reflect growth in your knowledge and experience, and if some goals do not hold any magnetism any longer, then let them go.

Goal setting is an important technique of motivating yourself; deciding what is important for you to achieve in your life; separating what is important from what is irrelevant, or a distraction; and building your self-confidence, based on successful achievement of goals. If you don't already set goals, do so, starting now. As you make this method part of your life, you will wonder how you did without it!

12 November 2007

A Good Night's Sleep Rewards

A Good Night's Sleep Rewards
People who say they sleep like a baby usually don't have one.

Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise!

Those people, who smoke a pack a day have problems falling asleep and when they do, it not as deep. Also, the ones who go through withdrawal symptoms are going to have some problems with night's sleep. If you are having difficulties getting to sleep at night, try a few of these advices to ease your discomforts.

Here is couple of things you should avoid to enhance your chances of getting a great sleep.

- Try drinking less coffee, make your cups weaker. Caffeine can take about six hours to leave your system and, without nicotine, your body absorbs much more of this stimulant, which can make you restless, and irritable. Even one cup of coffee in the morning can affect sleep quality hours later. Women tend to metabolize caffeine much slower than men.

- Try not go for thinking, planning, worrying before your night's sleep. It will have your brain whirring. Try to relax your mind, and keep work and money problems outside your bedroom. Remember, that irritability, depression, and anxiety are closely connected to the physical action of nicotine leaving your body and will lessen over one to three weeks.

And even more tips that will help you sleep:

- A warm bath to calm your body. This is one of easiest ways to relax and distress.

- Make sure you turn the television and computer off an hour before you going to bed. This gives time to prepare yourself for sleep.

- Keep a regular sleep schedule. While it may feel good to get a bit of sleep in during the day, if you are suffering from insomnia, you need to skip the naps. Try to get up earlier; it will help you shift your internal clock so that you’re sleepy come bedtime.

- Relaxing before bedtime, which is the best way to get to sleep, tries a progressive muscle relaxation technique. Exchange a back and/or foot massage with your partner before bed. Listen to some soothing music or some sounds of nature.

- Get some exercise. Exercising regularly can help you sleep. Even a short 15-minute walk will help. But make sure you complete your exercise a few hours before going to bed.

- Create a peaceful sleeping environment. Embrace the darkness. Lower the temperature of the bedroom before sleep. Comfortably cool temperature makes the body ready for sleep. Make your bedroom as comfortable as possible.

- Things that you do for good health are essential and will directly improve your quality of sleep. Having a regular exercise, eating a healthy diet such as fruits, vegetables may help to improve your quality of sleep.

Night's sleep is perhaps one of the most underrated aspects of healthy lifestyle. People who suffer from insomnia are experience reduced concentration, are more likely to make mistakes and have a slower reaction time. Sleep gives the brain time to organize data in its memory, repair damaged cells, tissue, muscles and give the cardiovascular system a break. Sleep helps bring more energy, and help you to look younger and improve your appearance. Remember, the physical withdrawal phase of quitting tobacco is a temporary condition. Your sleep patterns will return to normal soon. Good night! Sleep tight!

02 November 2007

Number-One Cancer Killer Not What You Think

Number-One Cancer Killer Not What You ThinkTwo-thirds of women inaccurately believed breast cancer to be the leading cause of cancer death among women, but in fact lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in America. Lung Cancer is the disease that claims more American lives than any other cancer. Smokers should know better and expect related health problems when they smoke and give enough attention to lung cancer treatment and prevention.

Lung cancer accounts for twenty-eight percent of all cancer deaths in the United States, and more Americans lose their lives to lung cancer annually than breast, prostate and colon cancers combined. This news further underscores the need for continued research and awareness about prevention and treatment of this disease. Eighty-five percent of people diagnosed with lung cancer are current or former smokers, whom many perceive as having had the power to avoid a lung cancer diagnosis if only they had been able to quit. However, nicotine is highly addictive, and that while seventy percent of smokers want to quit, many lack the tools and resources to quit for good.

When considering patients with lung cancer, many Americans treat them with a "you should have known better" attitude, which fails to acknowledge the young age at which most smokers start and the highly addictive nature of nicotine. We need to be supportive of smokers trying to quit, more empathetic to people and families suffering from lung cancer, and more vigilant in ensuring more research and funding is devoted to lung cancer. Former President Bush's message says: "Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States. It is a national tragedy killing thousands each year, leaving behind devastated families. Cigarette smoking causes most cases of lung cancer. If you or a loved one smoke, get the help you need to quit now."