It’s easy to break smoking into the categories of the agony and the OK. The agony associated with smoking is all too well known. There is no secret that smoking has caused millions of death, and that smoking is still one of the most risky activities that large numbers of people still indulge in.
The OK or good is on the pleasure side of the equation. Most of my quit clients, admit to not even liking cigarettes, a small percentage say they like smoking, however none ever admit to loving it. Perhaps these people aren’t looking to quit.
But a common response is that they think smoking feels OK or that it feels good. Having a deadly habit that offers just OK up against the potential of death, or at least serious illness and a much shortened lifespan, sound like a lousy deal.
So what’s the deal, and why would you want to keep doing something that will bite you very hard either sooner or later. The reason is that smoking is meeting some need for you. It is taking you closer to some good feeling, or taking you further away from some negative feeling.
If not then what is the point of sucking in toxic smoke which negatively impacts every single cell in your body.
A positive feeling might be to relax. But there a lots of ways to relax. Wherever you are reading this, just follow along.
Standing or sitting… just let your jaw relax to your shoulders, then down to your hips and then down your legs. Take five long slow deep breaths in and out. Now think about a time, place, person or event that’s makes you happy or gives you a good feeling. Take another five breaths.
You have just relaxed your body and mind far more than any cigarette could ever do and all without any toxic chemicals and completely free.
A negative feeling might be stress, worry or anxiety. However there are many healthier ways to let go of these feelings.
Follow again. Stand up straight and remember a time when you felt successful, when you created a plan and you succeeded. Remember ever detail of that success. Time, place, people, event etc. As you feel great, notice your posture and breathing.
Point to a place in your body where the good feeling lives, and notice if there is a colour. Just hold that posture and breathe deeply for at least 2 minutes. Notice how you feel better.
Of course you probably didn’t solve your core problems, but then neither will any amount of smoking. And again there is no downside, plus you are in control. So do these techniques and perhaps you will wonder why you would want to smoke ever again?