1. smile Natural herbs: Using herbs as an aid to quit smoking naturally is a great alternative to other unnatural methods. This article discusses 4 natural herbs to help you quit smoking. Herbs like lobelia, passion flower, peppermint, and ginger root are great for relaxation, creating the same effects of nicotine.
  2. Healthy Diet: While a healthy well balanced diet is always recommended regardless of other health goals you have made, people who are trying to quit smoking naturally will find that their diet has a huge impact on their results. From eating the right foods and drinking enough fluids to making sure to focus on the correct “booster foods” for beneficial effects, taking care of your body from the inside out will be a huge influence on the quitting process.
  3. Hypnotherapy: Hypnotherapy can be used to quit smoking by training your mind to think in a different way than it naturally would during the quitting process. As the linked article describes, when you mentally cut yourself off of something, you tend to want it even more than you did before you decided to cut it out!  If you can shift from a “What am I losing?” mentality to a “What am I gaining?” mentality, it makes the process seem less strenuous and more achievable. Hypnotherapy can help to shape those thoughts and get you on the right track to a healthier lifestyle.
  4. Acupuncture: Does acupuncture assist in the cessation of smoking? Yes! Acupuncture works to treat the symptoms and negative side effects of quitting so that the process becomes much smoother. Acupuncturists take each patient’s individual situation, health climate and personal experiences into careful consideration before devising a treatment plan; there is no one-size-fits-all approach to healing and creating change. Acupuncture for smoking cessation in particular will focus on jitters, cravings, irritability and restlessness, as well as assist in relaxation and detoxification. Research has shown it to so effective that it is often a court-mandated treatment for people trying to quit drugs!
  5. quit smokingReduction method: When you quit smoking, there are three main methods in terms of the way you stop the nicotine intake: cold turkey, utilizing a substitute like a patch, or the reduction method. The reduction method is a gradual learned process of kicking your smoking habit. It allows you to take steps and slowly lower the nicotine intake over time until you find one day that you simply no longer smoke. This is not for everyone, but if you have smoked for a very long time this might be a good option for you. If you haven’t smoked for very long, a cold turkey approach is usually most effective.
  6. Sweet treats: Often times when people are trying to quit smoking they find themselves having other cravings. Carbohydrates, easily found in sugary treats, are a great way to turn the smoking cravings into a healthier habit. Just enjoy a couple of jelly beans, or whatever your candy of choice is, and it should help curb the urge. Its best to eat candy in moderation of course, but if you just carry a little bag of your favorite treat with you and eat a few at a time, you will find it’s a great tip.
  7. Exercise: Exercise can help you quit smoking.  Not only is exercise a great distraction, but it also helps to reduce stress– which triggers people to want to do those “feel good” habits like smoking to begin with.  At the same time, exercise helps one avoid the weight gain often associated with quitting smoking, which is particularly encouraging as gaining weight when making a move for a healthier lifestyle can send conflicting messages.
  8. Meditation: Mediation is a great way to gain a sense of direction in your life, mainly through gaining conscious control of your thoughts and feelings. To help people quit smoking, meditation may be used to prepare yourself mentally so that your reaction the cravings and mood swings, as well as your ability to handle them, can be controlled.
  9. Massage Therapy: Yes, that’s right, massages help you quit smoking! I can’t think of any better news for someone who is thinking of kicking the habit. Massages can be useful in so many ways, but what better way to wind down at the end of the day, and help you quit smoking, than a nice massage?
  10. Find someone to hold you accountable: Leaning on other people can be key to accomplishing any daunting task. There are three main ways to utilize the people around you to motivate you in your goal to. First, the buddy system is a great way for two people to quit smoking as a team. Make personal and team goals together and set up rewards if both of you accomplish your goals. This helps motive you both as your actions are no longer just going to affect you, but your friend as well. Second, if the buddy system is not an option, you can tell your goals and milestones to a trusted friend. Once you have declared what you are going to do, it will be more difficult to go back on it. Finally, there are going to be tough days; you will need a friend who understands what you are going through to call and talk you through frustration or doubts you may be having along the way. Now is no time for pride. Reach out. Regardless of which form of assistance fits you, seeking support is a very useful tool when quitting smoking.

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