Tips to quit smoking: Part I

You have probably heard that smoking is bad for you. Quitting is widely recognized in being hugely beneficial for your health. If you are reading this, you are probably looking to get serious and stop smoking, but realize its easier said than done. We have written some ideas to help you quit smoking for good. Give them a try!

1. Write it down

As we wrote earlier, putting down your ideas on paper makes it an ‘official promise’ for you to keep. Ask yourself, why don’t you like smoking, and why do you want to quit. For example: do you get nervous about health risks? Do you dislike the constant smell of tobacco? Is your habit too much of a financial expense? Do you worry about whether you will be around for your loved ones? Write these down & keep it in a place where you see if often: your wallet/purse or bathroom mirror/fridge. The list will give you the motivation to curb your instincts the next time you feel like lighting up.

Answer this question: Why Do I want to stop smoking?

2. Get a support network

Now that you’ve taken the first step, seek support from people you: friends, family or coworkers and tell them that you’re trying to stop smoking and want their help. They can be a good influence on you by helping you to stay true to your promise the next time you feel the need for a puff. You can also join a support group such as Sumithrayo or 7cups of tea, with trained listeners (including Sri Lankans) who will patiently listen to a variety of problems such as smoking, depression, alcohol abuse etc. The main point? Having a good support network gives you a push in the right direction.

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Your friends will help you to stop smoking

3. Talk to your doctor

This is not a new problem, ask your local doctor about ways to stop smoking. Given that its a medical issue, doctors are likely to be connected towards fellow professionals who can help you out. Furthermore, this strengthens your desire to stop smoking since you’re reaching out to a health professional.

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4. Manage your stress

Being under a lot of stress and anxiety is more likely to lead you to smoke, which is the last thing you want to do when you’re trying to quit. In order to stay in control, we urge you to look at our earlier articles about what stresses you out and learn how to manage your stress triggers and follow these ideas to get on the road to recovery.

5. Take it slow

Unsurprisingly, a lot of people who wish to quit smoking immediately rarely succeed- it requires you to change your behavior drastically. If this is you, set a date by which you wish to stop smoking- a year from today would be appropriate. Set little milestones along the way to mark progress- for example, the day you delayed your first cigarette of the day, the day you smoked just one pack, or weekend you switched 2 days of smoking with exercise.

When you do reach those milestones, reward yourself with something you like-such as an edible treat, or even let your friends/family/support group know. They will be delighted to celebrate in your success and not only will it make you happier, but they will help you attain your goals to live smoke-free.

Got any ideas we’ve missed? Tell us in the comments section, and subscribe so that you can catch Part II later!

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Disclaimer: The views shared in this blog are based on the macro economic conditions & industry status quo as per the time of publishing.

3 Steps to a Successful New Year’s Resolution

Its the last day of 2014. You’ve made plans for tonight, and maybe even thought up of a resolution for next year. The big question is: are you going to end up sticking to it this time?

According to TIME these are the top 10 commonly broken new years resolutions. Does yours make the list?

  1. Lose Weight/get Fit
  2. Quit Smoking
  3. Learn Something New
  4. Eat Healthier and Diet
  5. Get Out of Debt and Save Money
  6. Spend More Time with Family
  7. Travel to New Places
  8. Be Less Stressed
  9. Volunteer
  10. Drink Less
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What’s your Resolution?

We’re not trying to make you feel guilty. However, if your resolution is mentioned above, we can help you attain them. Check out these 3 steps;

1. What do you really want to accomplish?

The million Rupee question. It may be to get healthier, to travel more, write a book, learn a new instrument, start a business etc. Truly ask yourself if this is something you are really passionate about. If you are genuinely interested about something, that will drive you to achieve more than a generic resolution such as ‘getting fitter’ because you are expected to.

2. Take Baby steps

Its the new year, so take small steps. For example, if your resolution is to write a book, break it down. Consider writing a paragraph every day, or a full page once a week. This way, you modify your behaviour a little and you make progress. It will be slow, but  you will see gains over time. Remember: slow and steady wins the race.

3. Reward yourself

Positive reinforcement is a great way to go. If you want to lose weight, a cheat meal is a good way to stay motivated to reach your goals. In fact, the team at ironbuttz have written an excellent article about how cheat meals stimulate weight loss.

That’s it from us this year, we would like to wish you the very best in sticking to your resolutions in 2015!

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Disclaimer: The views shared in this blog are based on the macro economic conditions & industry status quo as per the time of publishing.