Want to quit smoking? No lecture here – a look at the psychological & physical facts to help you do it!
You are probably aware that in various traditions and cultures around the world smoking is an inherent part of the rituals. All different kinds of leaves are grown and used as tobacco to smoke. There are probably as many different tobacco leaves as purposes for smoking, and you do not find these indigenous tribes addicted to the tobacco or with the kind of health problem we face here in the west so why is smoking so highly addictive and health-destroying in the west?
The tobacco companies that sprouted up realised the full potential of tobacco and exploited it to the full. It is only as the health issues started to surface that they were forced to invest in smoking prevention and treatment programs. This has not put them off as they continue to invest in and profit from the smoking industry.
The question has to be asked why smoking is addictive in the west but not in other cultures? And why do so many people fail when they try to overcome the addiction, regardless of the products they use?
Well to answer this question first we need to take a look at the psychological implants that tobacco manufacturers implant into our brains. Although subliminal messages are outlawed, there are ways that visual marketing can subtly affect the way you feel about a product and especially a brand. Marketing is a billion pound industry and many tobacco companies use their investment into this to continue to ensure loyalty from smokers and there isn’t anything you can do about it. The messages bypass your conscious mind and your unconscious mind buys into the dream being perpetrated. So when you consider stopping smoking, not only are you fighting the addictive chemicals in the cigarette tobacco and the nicotine, but you are also fighting yourself.
So now you know the truth behind the addiction – how to beat it? Well the first thing you need is willpower and determination. Patterns that have been embedded in your subconscious mind can be over-ruled or changed and so it is not impossible to stop smoking. However, the withdrawal symptoms from the chemical addiction can be quite traumatic. Certainly the palpitations can be very concerning at first, but once you realise what they are they are easier to deal with.
An interesting way to stop smoking, which will not work for everyone, is to try changing the brand of cigarettes. As you have a favourite brand then by changing it you are sending a message to your subconscious about change. You will not like them as much as your usual brand and then you can move onto the next step which involves making them difficult to get access to. To do this you can wrap them up in paper and cellotape it down. This makes them more difficult to access and so when you feel the need for a nicotine fix these two changing elements will help make it less enjoyable, giving you the opportunity to stop smoking. If you do manage to finish the pack then next buy herbal cigarettes and again wrap these to make them difficult to access. Before too long you will find you are going longer and longer without a cigarette at all and the nicotine cravings will diminish.
Many people dread the side effects caused by withdrawal from nicotine but really they do not have to be as bad as you imagine. You can still get a nicotine hit, if you need one, by using a replacement patch. Increase your healthy food intake and juices and your body will respond feel healthier and more alive relatively quickly. This will spur you on to kick the habit for good.