Best Way Quit Smoking
As you probably already know, stopping smoking is the most important thing that you can do for yourself. In a short while, I'll explain why I believe this to be the case. However, I must admit, quitting smoking is a major challenge.
As a former smoker myself, and currently a smoking cessation counsellor, working in a busy hospital in Montreal, Canada, I regularly encounter the challenges and concerns of people who want to quit smoking. At the same time, I also note the great delight and pride that many of my clients express once they overcome the difficulties of quitting smoking.
A common observation I have noted in my practice is that once my clients are empowered with the right skills and tools to quit smoking, they have an increased chance living a smoke-free lifestyle. When it comes to quitting smoking you will need as much knowledge and as many skills and strategies in order to overcome this addiction.
I say "addiction" because smoking tobacco is, for the most part, an addiction. Because smoking tobacco is an addiction, it is difficult to quit. Metaphorically, quitting smoking can be compared to people climbing a steep mountain. Sometimes, when people climb such a mountain, some can fall back to where they began, but once they arrive at the summit they can look back and marvel at their wonderful accomplishment.
This blog will assist you to climb that difficult mountain. In this journey, we will examine why it is so difficult to achieve that goal, and we will share with you evidence-based knowledge that will greatly maximize your chances of reaching its peak and with know-how, hopefully, of not falling back.
The realization that giving up cigarettes is a complex process, much like climbing a steep mountain, with physical, psychological and social or environmental components, influenced my counselling methods that focus on dealing with all these aspects.
I wish to share this approach with those of you who may be contemplating wanting to stop smoking, but who may be afraid because of past unsuccessful attempts. There are many ways in which you can control, and, in some instances, even improve upon your physical as well as your psychological well-being, without smoking. I wish to share with you ways of coping with the problems involved in trying to quit, and how to overcome them.
Many of you may have tried to quit before. If you were to tell me that you've attempted to quit before, but failed, that, to me, indicates that you are highly motivated to want to try again, rather than you being a failure. I don’t see wanting to stop and not having achieved this as a failure at all. Rather, I see you being highly motivated, but not yet having the necessary techniques to achieve this goal. Once again, using the metaphor of climbing a mountain, I see you as wanting to reach the top of the mountain, but not having the right tools and strategies to get there.
My experience with my clients showed me that it could take several major attempts before a smoker can become free from cigarettes. As well, with each attempt you will increase your chance of eventually becoming smoke free. If you have not yet stopped smoking, it simply means that you haven't, as yet, found the way to quit that is appropriate for you – but there is such a path!
I say this not only because I have witnessed hundreds of my clients achieve that goal, but there are millions of people out there who were smokers and are now ex-smokers. If they were able to quit, so can you. The secret is to never give up; eventually you too will achieve this goal.
Sometimes all a person needs is the desire to achieve the goal of quitting smoking, as well as a bit of support, and a lot of know-how in order to finally become smoke free. This is what this blog will share with you. To find out more, you can check out Best Way Quit Smoking.
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