Common Rationalizations*


Rationalization: I'm under a lot of stress, and smoking relaxes me.

Response: Your body is used to nicotine, so you naturally feel more relaxed when you give your body a substance upon which it has grown dependent. But nicotine really is a stimulant; it raises your heart rate, blood pressure, and adrenaline level. Most ex-smokers feel much less nervous just a few weeks after quitting.

Rationalization: Smoking makes me more effective in my work.

Response: Trouble concentrating can be a short-term symptom of quitting, but smoking actually deprives your brain of oxygen.

Rationalization: I've already cut down to a safe level.

Response: Cutting down is a good first step, but there's a big difference in the benefits to you between smoking a little and not smoking at all. Besides, smokers who cut back often inhale more often and more deeply, negating many of the benefits of cutting back. After you've cut back to about seven cigarettes a day, it's time to set a quit date.

Rationalization: I smoke only safe, low-tar/low-nicotine cigarettes.

Response: These cigarettes still contain harmful substances, and many smokers who use them inhale more often and more deeply to maintain their nicotine intake. Also, carbon monoxide intake often increases with a switch to low-tar cigarettes.

Rationalization: It's too hard to quit. I don't have the willpower.

Response: Quitting and staying away from cigarettes is hard, but it's not impossible. More than 3 million Americans quit every year. It's important for you to remember that many people have had to try more than once, and try more than one method, before they became ex-smokers, but they have done it, and so can you.

Rationalization: I'm worried about gaining weight.

Response: Most smokers who gain more than 5-10 pounds are eating more. Gaining weight isn't inevitable. There are certain things you can do to help keep your weight stable. (See Tips To Help You Avoid Weight Gain.)

Rationalization: I don't know what to do with my hands.

Response: That's a common complaint among ex-smokers. You can keep your hands busy in other ways; it's just a matter of getting used to the change of not holding a cigarette. Try holding something else, such as a pencil, paper clip, or marble. Practice simply keeping your hands clasped together. If you're at home, think of all the things you wish you had time to do, make a list, and consult the list for alternatives to smoking whenever your hands feel restless.

Rationalization: Sometimes I have an almost irresistible urge to have a cigarette.

Response: This is a common feeling, especially within the first 1-3 weeks. The longer you're off cigarettes, the more your urges probably will come at times when you smoked before, such as when you're drinking coffee or alcohol or are at a cocktail party where other people are smoking. These are high-risk situations, and you can help yourself by avoiding them whenever possible. If you can't avoid them, you can try to visualize in advance how you'll handle the desire for a cigarette if it arises in those situations.

Rationalization: I blew it. I smoked a cigarette.

Response: Smoking one or a few cigarettes doesn't mean you've "blown it." It does mean that you have to strengthen your determination to quit and try again–harder. Don't forget that you got through several days, perhaps even weeks or months, without a cigarette. This shows that you don't need cigarettes and that you can be a successful quitter.


*Adapted from Clinical Opportunities for Smoking Intervention–A Guide for the Busy Physician. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. NIH Pub. No. 86-2178. August 1986.
[Quit Smoking Start Page]     [Previous]     [Next]
    Masters and Millionaires       Shapelinks.US       Shame       HotClick      911day      911day II      SuperHealth      
        Change Your Homepage Each Week
         

    Doctors II       E.M.I.       Health       Health2

Herbal Medicine    
    Herbal Medicine II       Index       Pain Relief      



  | 
The Best Shortcuts of Those Who Do It Best - perhaps the world's largest website with 1,000,000 unique web pages

EasyStreet, USA by MisterShortcut for the Road For A Healthy Life and Masters Path of Winning
All rights reserved for those who reach out to starving people, fair enough?

For now, you can feed people with a free click
Corporate sponsors buy over a cup of food for your clicks.                                 Nice... saving a life with clicks!
In loving memory of Monsignor Bernie Kellogg, obm,
and his most ardent student, herein known as MisterShortcut
Thanks, honors, and praise to the rather holy Paul Newman, who slowly earned
hundreds of millions of dollars in his years... and used it all to feed people.

Ayurvedic Medicine      
Natural Pain Relief       Rife Technology
Ayurvedic Medicine       Breath of Life       Mineral Infrared Therapy Theory
Acoustic Cardiograph      
Curing Colds       Doctors       Doctors II       Health       Health2

Herbal Medicine       Herbal Medicine II
Index       Pain Relief       Masters and Millionaires

Harmony       YOUR Medical Dollars      Flower Essence Therapy
Naturopathic Medicine       Naturopathy II
Oregano       Alternative to Chiropractic
Contents
Psoriasis
Endorsements   (Patients, Doctors, Practitioners, etc)

Welcome to your EyeCandy Capital - the Masters Path of Winning

Biosyntony | Road For A Healthy Life

The Masters Path of Winning, combining ageless wisdom with highly advanced technology. see for yourself the benefits of biosyntony.

BodyScan,healing naturally, Bodyscan2010, How to quit smoking forever and permanently, Masters Path of Winning, how to quit smoking MisterShortcut - the Masters Path of Winning
how to quit smoking natural healing, pain relief,how to quit smoking, The Masters Path of Winning, healing naturally.biofeedback, How to quit smoking forever and permanently, Healing naturally with naturopathy. Masters Path of Winning This is among the healthiest websites online, dealing with naturopathy,, natural alternatives to conventional medicine. how to quit smoking,MisterShortcut,

The Masters Path of Winning does encourage you IF YOU HAVE ALREADY DECIDED to quit smoking, to go ahead and use our links pertaining to how to quit smoking,best naturopathic practitioner, how to quit smoking