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Smoking Rehabilitation : How To Stop Smoking

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    There is no doubt smoking is a very dangerous habit for your health , most of smokers try to stop it but they cant continue , these steps will help you in smoking cessation and rehabilitation

    Stage 1 Preparation: conscious smoking

    Push cigarettes as far as possible away from you

    1) If you smoke inside your house start smoking outside. Clean your house from all the ash trays, butts and smoking energy. Wash your house thoroughly. Burn some cedar or sage to clean the walls and purify your house. Create a smoking temple outside of your house and only smoke there
    2) Or If you do not smoke inside the house but only outside in a special place clean that place in the same way described above. Smoke further away, taking a walk around the block or in nature if you can

    Pick a quitting date
    There may be a special date soon when you would like to honor your true self. Christmas, New year, your birthday, an anniversary or the 1st of the month. Any day will do. You have 2 or 3 weeks to get ready. You need to bury this old self and celebrate the coming of a new self. You are birthing yourself. To make the transition easier it would be good to decrease the amount of tobacco you smoke, have a healthy diet, add supplements, meditate and exercise.

    You already are a non smoker
    Remember who you really are: a non smoker. This is an acquired habit. At night you do not smoke. When you wake up you break this natural habit of breathing air and only air. So it is only a matter of extending this natural state a bit longer into the morning. Wake up and keep feeding your soul. If you usually take your 1st cigarette at 9 o'clock. add an extra hour to your non smoking time and do the following meditation instead of smoking.

    Smoke consciously
    Every cigarette you smoke only do one thing: Smoke. Watch any feelings any body sensation or thought when you think about having a cigarette, when you look for the cigarette, when you touch it, when you light it and when you inhale the smoke. Look at yourself in the mirror and look at the person you see. Be full of compassion for this person.

    What other cigarettes could you eliminate?
    Now what are the cigarettes you can eliminate easily and those you have to absolutely have. You are not smoking until 10 o clock . I am sure you can extend this period to 11 then 12 and have your first cigarette after lunch. When you have this first cigarette make sure to be consciously smoking.

    Enjoy creating your new life!
    Accept whatever feelings are created by the separation from your best friend - the cigarette. You are already missing her, missing the burning sensation in your chest, missing the heaviness, the oral stimulation. Keep breathing, crying, laughing, coughing. Shake your chest and your lungs. Say good bye and grieve the loss of your old habit.

    Substitute new healthy habits
    Let's say you like to smoke and have a coffee while you read the paper in the morning and this habit feels comfortable safe and nurturing. Something you have done for a long time. Or you like to have a break from your job and go out and have a cigarette. OK. Let's substitute a new habit. You pick your new habit something fun that you always wanted to do or that you used to do. Have a piece of fruit or a glass of water or take a short walk around the block or go to the gym or go for a swim.

    Breathing meditation
    At the moment when you want to smoke stop! do not move! Keep your hands where they are, close your eyes and take a few deep breaths stretch and watch your breath for a few minutes. Watch your belly rise and fall. Then stay active. You will see the desire is now gone. This is the nature of desire it comes and goes. If you get obsessed with the idea of wanting a cigarette stop again and breathe deeply let the emotions come. Take as many walk as you need to and get yourself out of breath. If you can be in nature visualize the gas exchange between the tree and yourself. You give out carbon dioxide to the plant and the plant give out oxygen to you.

    Activity
    It is rare to see someone smoking while exercising. Smoking is done sitting most of the time. So this habit needs to be broken. You need to move around more, do things with your hands, walk or bike instead of driving for short distance. You can learn dancing, yoga, karate, kung fu, tai chi, jogging there are so many possibilities and classes. Do not worry about being out of shape. Being part of such a class will reinforce your non smoking habit

    Diet
    It is important that your diet would be a vegetable based diet. Take many green juices, carrot juices, and eat plenty of salads and raw foods. Make sure to have cabbage, broccoli, lettuce, carrots, cucumbers, radish, garlic and onion. Use the time when you were smoking to prepare your food. Communicate with the vegetal kingdom as a part of nature, with respect and love. Get a recipe book, renew your kitchen, have food preparation parties with friends. make it fun and enjoyable. Eliminate progressively salt, sugar, coffee, bread, pasta, grains, meat, soft drinks, package food, processed oils. You may have some fish during this period.

    Supplements
    Smoking has made your body deficient in many nutrients and toxic with heavy metals. it would be appropriate to do a hair or urine analysis to determine your mineral level and assess toxicity and deficiencies . Some other testing may be appropriate depending on your condition. Nutritional supplements will support this weaning process by decreasing cravings and helping to eliminate nicotine out of your body.

    Stage 2: Quitting time has come
    Get set up for your ritual. You may have a fire or a candle and burn your last cigarettes, you may have a circle with your friends or a party or you may meditate by yourself. Make this day special. Go to the mountain or to the sea. Make sure you continue your watching meditations throughout the day. When the desire for a cigarette comes freeze. Keep your hands where they are take a few deep breaths. Watch your breathing, follow the air from your nostrils to your lungs, watch your belly rise and fall. Just watch how you feel do not act on it. learn how to be the watcher. Then move around. Just stay very center and focused. You are a non smoker. You are the watcher.

    Stage 3: Be vigilant for the next 10 days
    The next 10 days are critical. You need to be focused on the process and stay awake. Everyday that goes by will be easier. You will think less often about tobacco and the thoughts will dissipate faster. You will start feeling different, your energy will increase, and you will feel lighter. it will take a few days for your brain to adjust to the new message and you may not know how to behave for a while. Accept the insecurity of the new experience and welcome the unknown. You are going through an identity crisis. Pretty soon you will feel at home with your self again once your new habits will be build up. You need to continue to practice your walking, intensify your exercise regimen and stay active. Make sure that all cigarettes, smoking objects such as pipes and their memory are gone

    Choose non smoking friends and non smoking environment
    If you were smoking at the pub or in a cafe avoid these places. Avoid your smoking friends. Tell them you quit smoking and it would be too difficult for you to be with them now. be prepare to say no, if someone offers a cigarette. Remember you are a non smoker. Continue with your new habits, your breathing exercises.
    Continue detoxing with your nutritional program. See a counselor if you need help with feeling that are coming up.

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