Up in Smoke!

I recently met a handsome lawyer at a party. My enjoyable flirtations were constantly interrupted by people describing their ailments and asking me for free yoga advice. After an exasperating hour of this I asked the lawyer, “What do you do to stop people from asking you for legal advice when you’re out of the office?”

“I give it to them,” he replied, “and then I send them a bill.” Hmmmm, I wasn’t surprised. Then I thought, hey, maybe I ought to give that a try. The next day, still feeling slightly guilty, I carefully worded my email bill. But before I could hit “send”, I saw an email from my new friend. Yeah, it was a bill from the lawyer!

Ok, so maybe I’m still giving away advice for free: one of the cheapest ways to live healthier is to quit smoking cigarettes. I used to smoke half a pack a day. If the cost was about $20 a week, per year that’s nearly a thousand dollars.

There are other costs to smoking. Clothes got ruined by misbegotten embers. The stale smell embedded my house. The less obvious costs were days off from work due to illness. Smoking weakens the immune system, saps the skin and bones causing both wrinkles and brittle bones.

So how do you quit?

Be realistic, not fantastic. The average person doesn’t quit completely on the first go around. Nonetheless, anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. So continue trying until it sticks.

Figure out the root cause. Some smoking is habitual and absent minded. Some smoking is stress related. If meeting with in-laws causes you to smoke, avoid them during the time you are quitting. In fact, avoid them them as much as possible. Life is short. You have my blessing.

Eat better. If you spent more money on higher quality food you’d want to taste it, wouldn’t you? So curb your urge to smoke by increasing your curiosity for haute cuisine. It’s a sound trade off.

Stop talking. Every time you talk about it, your mind rests on tobacco. Find better things to think about. Rather than checking out on TV, be proactive. Be creative. Find something that interests you and explore it.

Strategy! Don’t leave things to chance when you are most vulnerable. Decide before hand what you will do when you feel like lighting up.

Put the money where you can see it: either toward yoga classes, running gear or some other healthy pursuit. Re-invent your idea of your Self.

Give your Self props! Don’t wait for someone else to pat you on the back. It’s easier to quit if you feel good about yourself. Stop beating yourself up!

Create new goals. Don’t wait until you quit smoking to take up running, biking or surfing. Start now. Start where you are, maybe with walking or yoga. As your lungs re-gain their natural elasticity the urge to smoke naturally begins to abate.

Start a meditation practice. Learning to focus for longer and longer periods of time will stand you in good stead when the urge hits.

Come to our yoga meet ups! Meet other like minded, friendly people who want to live well! Full schedule, locations, and prices under the link named “our calendar.”

Peace Through Strength