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The Best Reasons To Reward Your Quit!


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Quitting smoking is an empowering and life changing experience. Taking control of an addiction involves your complete commitment. As you move through this quitting process it’s important to recognize and reward your accomplishments. Doing this builds confidence and reinforces a positive attitude towards quitting.

You are more likely to remain smoke-free if you attach a positive response to saying ‘no’ to any thoughts of smoking a cigarette. Rewards for not smoking are best when they are experienced short term. If you pass on a strong urge to buy a pack of cigarettes, or reach a one month smoke-free goal, then reward yourself. Have lunch with a friend; go to a movie, etc. After awhile, you will associate these pleasurable moments with not smoking.

Many smokers say that they smoke because they enjoy it and when they quit they feel deprived and miss their cigarettes. Cigarettes were a reward for a job well done. Cigarettes were like a constant companion, there through thick and thin and could always be depended on to feel better.  Smoking is often associated with a good time; some smokers say it makes a good time better. If you found smoking pleasurable then you will need to find other sources of enjoyment in your life. A good way to support your new nonsmoking life is to try introducing different activities or hobbies. Join that class you’ve always wanted to take, or start that exercise program. Choose something you find fun. Eventually activities that you linked to smoking will be enjoyable again as a non-smoker.

You probably found that smoking cigarettes reduced anxiety, increased concentration and quelled your appetite. Nicotine has a dramatic effect on the brain's reward system, conditioning you to want more of this drug that relaxes, energizes and improves mood.  When the nicotine was taken away withdrawal symptoms occurred and the rewarding effects disappeared. Change your reward pathways away from nicotine by rewarding yourself regularly. Treat yourself with the money you saved not smoking. Get some pampering, a massage, pedicure or haircut. The rewards need not be costly. A walk on the beach, curling up with a good book, a scented candle and relaxing bath all help to relieve stress and manage cravings. Acknowledge the changes you’ve made in your new smoke-free life and continue to reward yourself for making it to this point! 


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There are many reasons to quit smoking, but having a strong will power to quit is most rewarding.
Posted @ Friday, April 18, 2014 5:25 AM by sean
There's no question that quitting smoking can leave a void long after the nicotine has left your system. How do you now reduce anxiety, increase concentration and quell the appetite when for so long, smoking filled this role? For me, when I quit some 32 years ago, I entered into a very active lifestyle – running, request sports, biking, etc. My body responded with a big ‘Thank You!’ I began to feel ‘physically fit’. Endorphins raced through my system, and it felt just plain wonderful. I haven’t looked back, and I continue to enjoy trail running in the local state park. Fitness is a terrific substitute for nicotine. (Your appetite will probably go up, but burning the calories keeps everything in balance.)
Posted @ Saturday, May 17, 2014 6:53 AM by Tom
Thank you for all the help
Posted @ Thursday, August 28, 2014 10:10 AM by Angie
Hope you're doing well, Angie.
Posted @ Thursday, August 28, 2014 7:35 PM by Tom
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