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Smoking Distractions You Should Try

Nicotine addiction poses a great challenge when trying to quit smoking. It’s understandable that it is easier said than done. That’s how it feels at first until you apply yourself to understanding that there are more negative side effects of smoking. Smoking also sets you behind in your everyday life routine like commitment to being present in events, shortage of money, and hygiene. Imagine a life where you get to watch a movie with your family and friends all the way through with no smoke breaks? How about a life where no one complains about the bad smell in your car.

If you’ve reached out to many different resources to quit smoking, you probably already know about the health defects. What we are trying to accomplish now is to get you used to the idea that you don’t need to have a cigarette in your hand, or that break that takes time away from your day. Smoking gets to the point of being an impulsive act. With these successful distractions, you will break out of the impulsive habit and find your independence.

Chew Gum

A lot of times, we feel like we need to have something in our mouths. Eating to fill a void can become a negative habit because it can lead to health issues such as obesity, heart disease, or an increase in cholesterol.

Chewing gum helps with stressful times. Lots of people have a tick like biting their nails, overeating or tapping their foot to distract them from stressful thoughts. Gum is the best alternative to having your mouth stay busy in a way that doesn’t affect your wellbeing.

Count Change

Count all the change in your pocket, wallet, and any other place where you tend to find money to fund your cigarettes. You will be pleasantly surprised to see how much money you have saved when you aren’t spending it on your vice. You could even use that extra cash to buy a much-deserved gift to yourself for a successful journey trying to quit.

Brush Your Teeth

Try brushing your teeth every time you get a craving for a cigarette. It will give you a refreshing minty taste in your mouth that will make you want to keep it instead of infesting it with the dry ashy taste and feeling. Getting used to a clean mouth is a great way to realize what you have been missing out on!

Do Your Laundry

This is a long process of a distraction, which works well when you have downtime at home that you would usually spend outside smoking in your thoughts. Having clean, soft, and fresh smelling clothes will give you the same effect as having a clean mouth. You will love the smell of clean and never want to leave a trail of smoke around your loved ones again.

Use a Phone Stick

For those that have a touchscreen phone, try a touchscreen stick. The little sticks are meant to be an alternative to your finger. People use it because they do not have to cover their phone with all the germs on their hands, and it maintains the quality of the screen. Having a stick on your hand at all times will take away the impulsive need to have a cigarette there instead.

 Conclusion

There are many healthy ways to distract yourself from smoking. A lot of times, we need to find what it is that makes us start the habit, even though we already know the facts about its effects. Sometimes, it’s not enough to know about the damage because the impulsive acts take over. With these solutions, you will be able to overcome that habit!

Overcoming Stress at the Thanksgiving Table

Whether you are traveling home for the holidays or have your loved ones traveling to you, the holidays can be a stressful time dealing with the anticipation about topics being brought up at the dinner table. No one wants to be reminded that their job is not their dream job or that they are not working in the field that they always sought to.

Being asked “Why are you still single?” or “When are you going to get married?” are all unnecessarily stressful questions, but we can’t control other’s thoughts. It is inevitable to feel a little unmotivated in your career or fear that your family won’t be proud of where you are, but our helpful reminders will give you the right mindset to approach the holiday with confidence.

Journal

Journaling doesn’t always have to be about your feelings or narrating your day like a diary, it could be very therapeutic and help you see things clearly in other ways. Jotting down a list of your current accomplishment, goals, or things that you are thankful for can show you a new set of hope that you have not seen before. We can be very hard on ourselves sometimes, causing us to forget the little accomplishments that make for big results in our lives. When you write them down, you might be surprised to see such a long list of joy!

Your journaling also works as a trial for discussing all the pressing questions that can be asked at dinner and practicing how you will encounter them. Don’t let the question of “So what are you doing for a living now?” or “How much money are you making?” put you in a stressful situation. With a little bit of journaling, you’ll overcome the situation in your privacy before handling it in person!

Make a Speech

Showing leadership is a great way to make yourself and others around you be impressed and even proud. If you are usually the silent one at the table or prefer to listen to another’s speeches instead, let this year’s Thanksgiving be a change of scenery. Give yourself the challenge of making a speech at the table. This will allow you to realize a lot about your current situation and remind you that there is much to be thankful for.

Conclusion

Remember that everyone works at their own pace. You do not have to approach Thanksgiving dinner being the most successful person at the dinner table. With a little bit of journaling about your strengths and trying to communicate more with your family, you will reach a different level of accomplishment and overcome stress in a therapeutic way.

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