By Dada Vedaprajinananda
If you are currently a smoker, quitting the habit could be one
of the most important things you will ever do in the next part
of your life. In fact, if you quit now, you will most likely
adding seven years to your life.
While many people try to quit and fail, it is not an
task. Thousands of people, just like you, have decided to quit
and have succeeded. You too can be among the successful
former-smokers. Here are six tips that will help you to quit
smoking once and for all:
1. Make a vow that you are going to quit smoking from today
Success in all spheres of life begins with firm determination.
If you are wishy-washy you can never do anything. However, if
you make up your mind, once and for all, that you are giving
the habit, whenever a craving comes, you will remember your
and not give in.
2. Exercise more and get your body in shape
If you sit idle there is more chance that you will light up
your cigarette and relax. Fill your spare time with sports and
vigorous activity. Try to feel how good it is to get your
circulating and breathing the air deeply. If you are not the
athletic type, then brisk walking will have the same benefit
other kinds of sports.
3. Avoid places and pastimes that put you within reach of
If going to a bar or pub means that you are going to have a
drink and then light up, maybe it is better to avoid that
for the time being. Once you have truly stopped smoking and
feel how good it is, you can go anywhere and not be tempted.
But while you are in the transition phase it is better to
carefully choose where you will spend your recreational time.
4. If you have to put something in your mouth, drink water or
eat healthy snacks
Whenever you get a desire to put a cigarette in your mouth,
replace it with something that will help you rather than harm
you. Drinking small amounts of water throughout the day is not
only a good way to help you quit smoking, but it is also a
great way to stay healthy. You should drink 4 litres (quarts)
of water per day, if you can. If you need to put something
solid in your mouth, then eat a piece of fruit.
5. Get support from your friends and family
Tell them that you are giving up smoking for health reasons.
Your true friends will support you and not offer you
cigarettes. Your family and loved ones will similarly support
your efforts and help you to avoid situations where you may
feel obliged to smoke out of social pressure.
6. Strengthen your will power with yoga and meditation
Very few people are born with perfect will-power. Like
else, practice makes perfect. If you want to strengthen a
physical muscle you may work out with weights. If you want to
strengthen your “mental muscle” you need exercise as well.
and meditation are disciplines that enable even complete
beginners to build up their capacity to concentrate and firmly
accomplish whatever they set out to do. Try it out and see for
Follow these six tips and you will be well on your way to
About The Author: Dada Vedaprajinananda is the author of
Meditation, Stop Smoking"
www.start-meditation-stop-smoking.com . He is also the
editor of a directory with hundreds of articles on health,
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