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Five Healthy Alternatives to Smoking

Are you a frustrated smoker? Here are five healthy alternatives to smoking that can help you kick the habit.

If you’re a smoker, you know how difficult it can be to break this habit. Many people resort to prescription medications which can have side effects that some people find it difficult to tolerate. A safer strategy for smoking cessation is to adopt some healthy alternatives to smoking.

Although nicotine does have some physically addictive properties, smoking can also be a nervous habit which serves to keep the smoker’s hands occupied throughout the day. If healthy and pleasurable habits can replace smoking sessions, over time a smoker will gradually eliminate smoking and replace it with more healthy activities that provide pleasure and stress relief. “

If you want to kick the habit, why not try incorporating some of these healthy alternatives to smoking into your daily routine? Over time, you should find yourself smoking less and less until you finally eliminate the habit entirely. Here are some smoking alternatives that work:

Replace smoking with short exercise sessions.

If you”re sitting at your desk and the urge to smoke arises, get up from your chair and take a ten minute walk up and down the hall, up and down the stairs, or to another part of the building. Walk briskly and breathe the fresh air deeply into your lung. When you return, the urge to smoke will likely have subsided and your lungs will feel fresh and clean from the brisk walk and deep breathing.

Practice short meditation sessions.

When you feel the urge to smoke, try this alternative to smoking. Close your eyes, lean back in your chair and focus on deep breathing. As you breathe in each breath of fresh air, revel in how pure and healthy it smells untainted by cigarette smoke. Continue this deep breathing exercise and focus on the purity of the air around you until the urge to smoke a cigarette subsides. Congratulate yourself on resisting the urge to reach for a cigarette.

Substitute a Taste of Dark chocolate

Smoking is partially addictive because it alters certain brain biochemicals involved in the sensation of pleasure. When the urge to smoke strikes you, slowly eat a small amount of dark chocolate. This serves two purposes. It give you a pleasurable smoking alternative, plus dark chocolate can raise serotonin levels which can elevate mood and relieve stress which is one of the reasons people smoke.

Try a Little Negative Reinforcement

Keep a book in our desk that discusses the negative health effects of smoking. When the urge to smoke a cigarette strikes, take out your book and remind yourself how you’re shortening your life span by engaging in this dangerous habit. Review all you have to live for and give thanks that you’re still healthy and the opportunity to remain that way if you quit smoking.

Call a Friend

When you feel like you can’t resist that cigarette, reach for the phone and call a good friend. Let them know you’re in the process of quitting smoking and you’re confident that you can do it. Talk until the urge to smoke subsides. Congratulate yourself on finding an alternative to smoking.

Each day that you practice these healthy alternatives to smoking, you should find yourself smoking less and less. Plus, you’ll be cutting back on smoking gradually which can make smoking cessation easier.

It’s important that you replace your old smoking habit with new activities that will help you handle stress and anxiety. Exercise, meditation, yoga, or a new hobby can all help to fill the void created by smoking cessation. Give some of these healthy alternatives to smoking a try and you’ll soon wonder why you ever smoked in the first place.

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  1. this sucks

  2. this is sweet as!!thanks lot

  3. retarded crap written by a nonsmoker

  4. LOL! I wouldn’t call it crap….remember the key word being “Healthy”! There are various other alternatives to not smoking, just not so healthy! =)

  5. good idea that i shall try it

  6. Very Good alternatives, appreciated

  7. Replace cig craving with sex.

  8. but if u replace it with sex, your just going to want a cigarette after…

  9. what your talking now is really complicated.

  10. hey you guys why are you talking about sex?

  11. hey nex you spelled ass wipe wrong.

  12. do you know that my real name is jhony?

  13. wow this is intense

  14. wow this is intense

  15. I am on the way of giving up smoking,such motivational articles will help millions to follow my path.

  16. I use fasting as a way to suppress cravings. Since I’m craving for food, smoking is completely off my mind.

  17. A great alternative to smoking is the electronic cigarette. You get the nicotine your body craves without the toxic chemicals that are in tobacco smoke. I have been using the Red Dragon ecig for months now and it is awesome. You can learn more at ecigreddragon. Saves me money too. I spend alot less than i used to on tobacco!

  18. Electronic cigarettes are a great alternative to smoking. You can use them almost anywhere without the smell and odor of tobacco. You get the nicotine without all the toxins. For the best brands check out Ecig Online Outlet.

  19. those tips are really good. it helped my research a lot

  20. those tips are really good. it helped my research a lot!

  21. this is fake testimony. my ex used my username to try to peddle cheap battery cigarettes to people without my knowledge or permission. do not buy these stupid things as it is just like sucking on a battery. –gingeneric

  22. You are an affiliate marketer a/k/a spammer. You used my name to promote cheap products and I am not pleased at all. I think ecigs are stupid and dangerous. Stop using my username to promote your cheap products. We were together for 3 years and you took all my money and used me up. Leave me alone. No more using my names for anything, you lazy sob.

  23. I gave up smoking recently by using those electronic cigarettes. I bought from smoke-solutions.co.uk and the ciggys are brilliant. I stopped smoking within 2 weeks and still haven’t got back to tobacco!

  24. This is a poor guide, there are much better ways.
    Vaping using a mod style ecig like the “silver bullet mod” can replace smoking totally, eating sun flower seeds, taking up tea or coffee as a hobby, silly putty or stress ball collecting, bacon flavored tooth picks in a stylish metal cigarette tin, for a few ideas are healthy ways to replace the habit/hobby.

    The guide here is way too liberal, where are the humanitarians!
    Lets care about our fellow men and woman and get better!

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