February 26, 2016

It is a promise to yourself easier said than done. Whether you have been puffing for 3 years or over 30, quitting is much more of a head game than most believe. Only the heaviest of smokers endure physical signs of withdrawal while quitting, and even these cases are fairly mild. The true triumph of quitting is to nourish your mind with other pleasures, not just distract yourself temporarily. If you are reading this, you have already taken the first step, and the rest are easier than you think. Give yourself the gift of health this holiday and make your resolution be to never quit at quitting.

  • Start Exercising

    A lifestyle change is the perfect platform to invite a new smoke-free routine. Adopting healthier habits will bring about a healthier mindset. The more strides you make in your workout routine, the less appealing an inhibitor like smoking will be.
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  • Prepare Yourself For The Temptation

    Avoiding situations where smoking would be tempting is a good plan, but obviously some circumstances cannot be avoided. For instance, friends and family who smoke, or having a few drinks. Tell friends and family about quitting, they will be proud of you and give you positive feedback that will discourage you from falling to the temptation of their puffing. A few drinks bring about the craving for most smokers. Instead of stepping outside, put on your favorite song on the jukebox, start a conversation with the interesting fellow a few barstools down, go dance. Remind yourself that there are much more memorable and enjoyable moments to be had than going to have a cigarette. The life of the party is inside anyway, not in the smoking section.
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  • Supplement Smoking In Your Routine

    In daily activities such as driving, walking the dog, and talking on the phone, the need to smoke is often a cognitive oral fixation, so bring a water bottle of your favorite beverage and sip instead of puffing. If you are more focused on the activity, and not your mouth, chances are you will quickly grow accustomed to your new, hydrated norm.
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  • Reward Yourself With Pride, Not Slack

    The day you choose to quit, quit. This means no stashing of old packs, no “just one puff” internal debates, no stealing drags from those friends and family smokers. Quit. One more time: QUIT. Pride yourself on coughing less and smelling better, living longer, and having a larger budget now that you no longer waste money on packs every day, week or month.
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  • Visualize A Stronger, More Confident You

    Think back to previous situations where you didn’t feel your best because of cigarettes. The stunned face your boss made when he discovered you smoke, missing out on special moments with friends and family because you were outside puffing a cigarette, seeing your date lose interest in you when they saw you light up after dinner, the incessant guilt trips from your doctor, dentist, therapist, mother, father, sister, brother… you get the idea. Re-imagine these situations as a smoke-free you. Pat yourself on the back, because you recently quit, and this IS you! Feels good, doesn’t it?
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  • Banish Nicotine Headaches

    Tea, coffee, and water can all ease a Nicotine headache. Other natural treatments include aromatherapy, yoga, and steam showers.
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Janet Taylor, MD

Dr. Janet Taylor is a Community Psychiatrist in New York City, the Bronx and Queens. The practice of Community Mental Health is extremely rewarding to Dr. Taylor, because "being on the frontline with individuals and their families battling the emotional and economic impact of Mental Illness is where I can make a difference". She attended the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky for Undergraduate and Medical School. An internship in Internal Medicine at the Miriam Hospital-Brown University followed. Her psychiatric residency was completed at New York Medical College -Westchester Medical Center. She received a Master’s of Public Health in Health Promotion/Disease Prevention from Columbia University. She was a recipient of the 2008 Woman in Medicine Award (National Medical Association- Council of Women’s Concerns).