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How to Stop Smoking Naturally

Anyone who smokes will confirm that smoking saps the wallet and the health of smokers. Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer and emphysema. Smoking can also cause ugly stains on the teeth, accelerate the aging of the skin, increase fatigue and use up a lot of your disposable income. Those are the biggest reasons people decide to stop smoking. Fortunately, smokers can stop smoking naturally, without using expensive, artificial means.

Yes, willpower will be necessary for a smoker to become a nonsmoker. For serious smokers, smoking is more than a habit. It's an addiction. Addictions cause nerve pathways in the brain to be constantly and repeatedly stimulated. Because these pathways have become ingrained, it is hard to switch to a new pathway. Quitting is all about stopping the use of the old nerve pathways and replacing them with new pathways. Willpower is the only way to get this done. If you are serious about quitting, you can override years of bad habits and create new nerve pathways in your brain.

No one said it'd be easy. Bad habits are tough enough but addictions are even more difficult to quit. This is where a support group can really help. For many people, this includes friends and family, both ex-smokers and nonsmokers. A support group can also include professional help. In any case, having people on your side cheering you on can do you a world of good. This will help you keep going and finally lead you to quit smoking.

Quitting cold turkey is frequently claimed as the only way to stop smoking naturally by those who have been successful. The reason for this is that is really hard to stop smoking by decreasing the amount of cigarettes smoked per day. You're still receiving the stimulation your body craves and this doesn't help you move towards your goal of being free of the addiction to cigarettes.

When you quit, the first thing you should do is get rid of any cigarettes you may still have around. Obviously, you're also not going to buy any more. It is also a good idea to steer clear of any environment that you tend to associate with smoking, at least until the initial cravings are over, and perhaps much longer. In order to get through the worst of the withdrawal symptoms, drinking plenty of water and exercising regularly can really help.

Nicotine withdrawal can be quite uncomfortable, to put it mildly. To control the emotional cravings and anxiety nicotine withdrawal can cause, try to find someone to provide support, or to engage yourself in an activity that requires concentration. One way to control cravings is to seek distractions, something to do other than smoke. Things like reading an engrossing novel or going to the theater can take your mind off the cravings. Some people feel awkward without a cigarette in their mouth and will chew gum to quell the cravings. Others meditate or take long walks. It does not matter what you do, as long as it isn't smoking again, with one exception. Some people get the urge to pig out on junk food. While a small weight gain is worth it to feel and see all the benefits of quitting, packing on the pounds by scarfing down junk holds the potential to replace one health problem with another. So while it's ok to eat some additional natural healthy calories to help with the withdrawal symptoms, you don't want to go overboard.

It is possible to stop smoking naturally. With a little help from your friends, and a strong shot of willpower, you too can be successful. After getting over the initial withdrawal symptoms, you can be on the road to becoming a healthier, happier you.

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