From old habits to new
We have recently been making some healthier changes, going from old habits to new, we have been doing this to help improve our health and to give us a better healthier life. One thing Ian would like to try and do is give up smoking, he has been a smoker from a young age so giving up is something he is going to find rather difficult, he is currently looking at ways to make it easier and give up successfully from old habits to new.
How to form good habits
Habits are something we become used to over time and we convince ourselves they are vital, when in reality, many are far from it. Smoking, for example, is a habit that one in ten women worldwide have. The majority of smokers want to break this habit, but how can they do it successfully?
Timing is highly important when it comes to breaking a bad habit. With smoking, it’s best to make your last cigarette coincide with the end of your period. The idea that pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) aggravates the many withdrawal symptoms, such as depression and irritability, is perfectly logical and is why it’s important that your start date for quitting coincides with our calmer time of the month!
New, healthy habits
When quitting smoking, weight gain can be a risk. When your hands are so used to being occupied by a cigarette, they crave stimulation (which is why e-cigarettes are so effective). Often, the urge for our newly-bored hands to hold a cigarette contributes greatly to snacking. A great tip is to stock up on low-calorie munchies, such as carrot and celery sticks, which mimic the action of smoking, or opt for healthy snacks that keep your hands busy, such as peeled fruits and shelled nuts. Snacking on healthier foods instead of naughty treats means you shouldn’t put on any weight after giving up smoking.
With a healthier diet, stemming from healthy snacks, our mind and body want to continue this lifestyle change and so the time comes for serious cigarette alternatives, and none are as effective as the e-cigarette. There are a wide range of models (from basic to advanced) and e-liquids (such as coconut, apple, peach and mint) to choose from. Plus, you can choose the amount of nicotine you want, making them a highly effective aid in stopping smoking – best of all, the vapour they produce smells great!
Once you’re on the road to a new you, you should start to look at what other changes you could make and how they could fit into your life. With exercising, for example, you don’t need to be hitting the gym five nights a week to form a new habit. Instead, simply make small changes, such as taking the stairs instead of the lift, or walking or cycling to work rather than driving. After you’ve changed just a few things, you’ll be able to meet the new and improved you!
Do you think you could go from old habits to new?