How To Quit Smoking Once And For All With These 13 Steps

If you’ve stumbled upon this page, you’re probably looking to learn how to quit smoking. Did you know that smoking is the no.1 preventable cause of death in the world? It kills more people annually than AIDS, Heroin, Cocaine, Alcohol, Car Accidents, Fires and Murders COMBINED!

When I was in high school I took puffs on numerous occasions when I was offered by friends. The ability of bonding easily with another person holding a cigarette was interesting. However, I discovered that smoking contains more cons than pros. I also understood the fact that no one in this world can stop me if I chose to continue smoking. It’s the same that no one in this world could stop you if you chose to value your body and stop.

  1. Decide To Quit Smoking
  2. stop sign over yellow background

    Like I have said before, no one in this world can stop you if you WANT to continue. Words like ‘I can stop’ or ‘I will try my best to..’ are all hogwash. Anything containing ‘will’, ‘can’, ‘try’ is a sign of a plan waiting to fail. Ask anyone that you may come across who has successfully stopped smoking. They did it because they ‘WANT’ to not because they ‘can’ or ‘will try’. The remaining tips on how to quit smoking below will only work when a true, genuine decision is made. You will lose friends. You will quit drinking. You will start a new life. You must lose all your excuses before you can find results.

  3. Banish
  4. quit smoking break cigarette habit

    The first thing to do when a decision is made to stop smoking is to THROW AWAY all your cigarettes and matches. Give your lighters and ashtrays to your favorite pub. Tell the person who has been serving you at the pub, ‘thank you’ and leave. Out of sight, out of mind.

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The 10 Surefire Ways To Stay Focused At Work

Our attention spans are very short, 10 minutes on average. Throughout the day, we are bombarded with all kinds of distractions like phone calls, emails, chatter across open office layouts, and the internet (mother of all). Even the late morning/afternoon slump are conditions that will hamper our focus and productivity at work.

There are many ways to stay productive during work. Here are 10.

  1. Delay Reading Emails
  2. Don’t check emails the first thing in the morning. It is possible regardless if you are in sales or a CEO. Try it. You will soon understand what your email addiction is keeping you from. Let the first thing you do in the morning be meaningful work. You will gradually improve your relationship with your work and prevent your workday from slipping away.

  3. To Do List
  4. Divide your tasks into these 4 quadrants

    Important and urgent
    Example: get this article submitted by the 5pm deadline

    Important but not urgent
    Example: draft the next 5 interesting topics to write about

    Not important but urgent
    Example: help a friend spellcheck his essay by today

    Not important and not urgent
    Example: upgrade internet from 1mbps to 6mbps

    Urgent tasks are those that you have to do now. You are in reactive mode. Your work will be hurried and you put everything else aside to complete it first. Important tasks are ones that affect your long term values and goals. Most of the time, what is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important. However, if you continue to ignore tasks that are not urgent, it will eventually become urgent.

  5. Stop Multitasking
  6. Energy flows where attention goes. It’s is very difficult to maintain focus at work when you are doing more than 1 important thing at once. For example, texting while driving. Both tasks require such a huge amount of cognitive resources that they detract from each other, causing us to do one or the other poorly or more likely, both. So imagine how ineffective it is to work on a report, reply your work emails and read on your next project at the same time. Learn to concentrate on one thing at a time, because attention is meant to be undivided.

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Yes, You Can. Break Free From These 36 Bad Habits

We all struggle with them. Bad habits are holding you back and it’s time you do something about it. Change. Become a better person.

  1. How To Stop Nail Biting
  2. Nail biting is a habit that affects 1 in 4 children and more surprisingly, 1 in 2 adults.

    • Keep a nail clipper or filer nearby at all times.
    • Acrylic nails will make it almost impossible to bite, but more importantly you will get used to having nails on your fingers, which is a very odd feeling if you’re not used to having them there.
    • Stop biting one nail. Let it grow out, keep biting the others. Then add one more and one more, and quite soon you’ll prefer being symmetrical to biting your nails. Think of it as ground work for habit breaking.
    • Nail polish tastes awful and wearing it serves as an effective deterrent.
    • Wear bandaids to heal the fingers and to serve as a reminder that you’re trying to help your nails.
    • Wear gloves.

  3. How To Stop Thumb sucking
  4. Not only babies but adults suck their thumb too, especially alone in bed before going to sleep. Most thumb suckers get a feeling of comfort when sucking their thumbs and is often used to get over anxiety.

    • Tape your thumbs.
    • Put nail polish. The taste will serve as a deterrent.
    • Wear socks around your hand. Boxing gloves are most effective.
    • Hug your mom, dad, brother, sister, partner. If not, hug a pillow as an alternative each time you feel anxious. The gentle pressure of a hug can stimulate nerve endings under the skin that send calming messages to the brain and slow the release of cortisol.

  5. How To Stop Scratching
  6. Neurodermatitis is the itch scratch cycle where you scratch a patchy skin, making the area even itchier where you’ll eventually scratch simply out of habit.

    • Baking soda cures all types of itch and irritations.
    • So does apple cider vinegar. Both are natural acid neutralizers, soothing and has anti inflammatory effects that relief itching and prevent further irritation. Here’s a list of the other many wonders of apple cider vinegar.
    • Apply a thick paste made out of oatmeal and water. Apply to affected area. Avenanthramides is the compound responsible for its anti irritating effects. The less processed the oats, the more avenanthramides there is.
    • Apply aloe vera gel. It is a mild anesthetic, and helps to relieve itching, swelling, and pain. It is also antibacterial and anti fungal, and works by increasing blood flow to wounded areas, stimulating fibroblasts, the skin cells responsible for wound healing. It’s one of the many medicinal plants worth your garden space.
    • Keep your fingernails short.

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