Monday, January 19, 2009


What does it mean to quit smoking, cold turkey?

When we quit smoking, cold turkey, it means that we just stop immediately and completely.

I have read that cold turkey is the most effective way to defeat the cigarette habit. This sounds pretty accurate, considering that most people I talk to have quit cold turkey, and I am the only one I know that has quit smoking gradually.

Having been in the Emergency Medical Field for over 16 years, I have seen many people smoke off and on, and then, finally, quit all together. It appears to me, we smoke out of habit, and because of stress. In other words, when we are stressed, it is very easy to reach for a cigarette to calm us especially because that is the way we have always survived stress in the past.

Here are some tips on how to quit smoking, cold turkey.

1. Quit in the evening so that you may start the next day, fresh without the smell or temptation.

2. Throw all of your cigarettes away.

3. Use your attitude as leverage by calling yourself a "nonsmoker" and remind yourself, often, by saying, "I can do this and I can do anything I set my mind to."

4. Be mindful and aware of situations that provoke the desire for a cigarette, for example, when you are drinking or when you are around someone you usually smoke with.

5. As you are mindful of these situations, write down things that you can do to avoid these situations and cravings.

6. Be accepting of the withdrawal phase. Know that you may have withdrawal like anger, irritability, or headaches. You may even get sick. Prepare yourself mentally and physically.

7. Learn a deep relaxation or meditation exercise so that you may relax at a minutes notice. This will help combat cravings and stress.

You have the power within you to do anything that you set your mind to.

Let us take responsibility for our lives!

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Don't forget to have fun and be playful.


Thursday, January 15, 2009

Quit Smoking

Have you chosen a plan of action to quit smoking?

Will you quit smoking cold turkey?

Will you cut back on?

Will you seek professional help?

What about nicotine replacement?

Or prescription medication?

How about hypnotherapy?

Have you decided? If you haven't, spend some time on the world wide web and google, "quit smoking."

Once you decide, or if you have already, you may need some serious stress relief.

May I suggest meditation or deep relaxation. This is very important because you don't want to give up and usually when we return to old habits or addictions it is because we are stressed out.

Choose a plan, organize that plan, and never give up. If you go back to smoking, or if you slip just once or for one day, return to quitting. You can do it!

Don't forget to have fun and be playful, it is in your nature, besides it will help relieve your stress.


Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Setting a Specific Goal; The First Step

Well, have you set a specific goal yet? Have you made a New Years Resolution?

The goal would be to quit smoking, right? So then the next step is to choose a specific plan. Will you quit cold turkey? Maybe you would like to cut back and eventually quit completely. What about finding a quit smoking expert? You could always go to the drug store and get the nicotine patch, some nicotine gum, or lozenges. Another option would be to see your Private Medical Doctor and get prescription medication like Zyban or Wellbutrin. Some other options would be hypnotherapy or subliminal cd's. Maybe you can google "quit smoking," in order to do more research.

Smoking is a very stressful habit and in order to quit you must choose a plan. Things to consider, to add to your plan, would be goals to not gain weight, or manage your anger. You could also attempt to manage your stress, learn to relax, feel more gratitude, feel more love, or just release worry.

Some really good goals you may consider are to exercise more, eat right, get healthier, sleep better, improve your relationships, or get another job or career.

Any of these suggestions will help the process.

Maybe you would like a bigger goal. When I think of big goals I think of creating your dream life. When we create our dream life I like to say we are making our own miracles. The reason I call them miracles is because when we think about our dream life we always wish and think, “some day.” But if you dream and then evolve your thoughts, feelings, and actions, towards creating and then living your dream life it is a miracle.

The reason it is a miracle is because when we just dream, we don’t believe it is possible, and when it comes true, it is a miracle. A miracle because we didn’t believe it would ever happen and it is happening.

If you plan a bigger dream it will assist in keeping your mind off smoking and will increase your happiness. In other words, it will give you something else to focus on and occupy your time.

This is my hope for you. My hope is that you will dream, dream big, make it specific, and then I will help you evolve your thoughts, feelings, and actions so that you may create your miracle. Evolve your thoughts into believing that it is possible, evolve your feelings into faith in yourself, and then evolve your actions to move towards your miracle while increasing your speed out of enthusiasm.

I know the power you have within you. I know because I have seen it over and over, time and time again. I have seen extremely stressed out people quit smoking, become destressed, and create their own miracles.

Now, dream big, make it specific, and let us embark on a journey of making miracles. You can do it! Right now! Write it down and make it specific. This is going to be awesome!

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Don’t forget to have fun and be playful because it is in your nature.


Monday, January 5, 2009

Quit Smoking in 2009: Take Responsibility for Your Life

Are you ready to obtain the life you dream of?

The theme for this month is, "Taking Responsibility for Your Life." What does that mean? It means taking responsibility for your thoughts, feelings, and actions. Therefore, taking responsibility for you life.

Whether you want to quit smoking or not, you are totally capable and we, at Destress Yourself, are here to help you.

From January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2009 we will support you! For Free!

The first step is to set a specific goal, big or small. Pick what you want, the date that you want it by, and make it specific. For example, maybe you would like to quit smoking by May 1, 2009.

The second step is to follow this blog.

The third step is to participate in the free teleclass that is offered monthly, which you can find on our calendar page and sign up for through our free newsletter.

Finally, set some rules and tasks for yourself on obtaining your goal(s). Make a list of all the rules that you will follow, things that will work for you and help you. Also, make a list of all the things that you will have to do to obtain your goals.

Make this simple, and don't stress over it, because all of this will work out perfect as we move along week by week through our year together.

Let us embark on our journey of changing the stressful habit of being in the constant state of going nowhere to creating a successful practice of taking responsibility for our life. I am so excited!

Don't forget to have fun and be playful, it is in your nature.