Ever thought…“I need to stop smoking“ Please read more!
It is often said that we are creatures of habit. From the moment one wakes, a series of acts are put into motion. Over a period of time and without notice, these subtle acts can become habitual. Take a step back and analyse the many actions you complete from the start of your day to the end. Very soon you will notice patterns, in your actions. This can be as simple as brushing your teeth or showering every morning, consuming vitamins or supplements, having a particular coffee or Starbucks treat in the morning, checking facebook as we start our day at the office, having a particular lunch at a particular restaurant, drinking coffee to get you through the afternoon of work. The list of these actions can be very lengthy and unique to each individual. However the one commonality we would all agree on regarding these habits or actions is the importance they play on getting us through our hectic and stressful days. Essentially our behaviors are often influenced by a constant interaction of our environmental and social factors that exist in our day to day lives.
This simple yet complex interaction can be described as the social cognitive theory
These habits can have both positive and negative effects on our overall health. Because we are drawn to completing these habits in our daily life, the effects both positive and negative can have exponentially compounding impacts. We often link certain actions or habits with our external stimuli, certain environmental cues, or social factors that would influence our will to complete a habit or not. These stresses can take any shape, but almost always push us to react by completing a certain action. An individual hoping to look their best at an upcoming vacation or wedding would be extremely motivated to get active and eat healthy. Or if many of your personal and work friends live healthy active lifestyles, you may be more inclined because of the environmental and social factors that influence your behaviors. An individual in a work environment where many of their peers smoke on breaks, or when out for lunch, or whenever you are sitting in traffic, or smoking while out for a drink, if your external influences encourage smoking there is a high probability that you will as well. Your social and environmental cues dictate you smoke to process these external stimuli.
No matter where our energy is directed in our daily lives, even the smallest effort will be compounded overtime. As I have stated before, this principle can work in both positive and negative outcomes. Many of today’s health concerns can be categorized as chronic diseases, health conditions that are developed through consistent unhealthy behaviors over an extended period of time. Conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and a selection of cancers can be directly related to certain unhealthy behaviors. Often being short sighted individuals do not see how this extra doughnut, their lack of physical activity, or lack of daily nutrition can one day lead to an unwanted and highly dangerous health condition. It isn’t until our Doctor sits us down and gives us the bad news do we begin to remember all our poor choices. It is not until that moment do we realize the error in our habits that lead us to this moment of fear and uncertainty.
Habits are difficult to both develop and to break, both outlooks requiring dedication and consistency to achieve. However if we believe in the principle that even the smallest effort over time will produce compounding results we can achieve whatever health related goal we choose. It begins with planning, dedication and consistency. If you smoke cigarettes, then it is highly likely that you at one point in time have contemplated quitting. Smokers often begin smoking with no real logic or reasoning. We often hear, “I thought it was cool,” “My friends did it, so I do to,” “I used to be really stressed all the time.” Then once the habit is developed and intertwined with our daily habits it often becomes a part of one’s identity and daily life. So we continue to smoke without any real thought as to what it is doing to our health.
Many smokers have tried to quit and failed, and settle with the notion that nothing will work for them. This is not the mindset to keep though; failing once should not be the end of your efforts but the beginning of your next. Many stop smoking programs fail to deliver a comprehensive approach to quitting this habit. Here at Bodymed Rehabilitation centre, we approach this process addressing 3 key factors:
- Initial withdrawal: Using our highly advanced Low level laser therapy we address your initial cravings by treating specific acupuncture points to eliminate any cravings or withdrawals in the first 3 days of your stop smoking program (Contact clinic for more details regarding this process). Nicotine replacement therapies are not always effective as it maintains a level of nicotine in your body. Nicotine has a half life of about 60 minutes; within 24-48 hours you can rid yourself of nicotine, having nicotine remain in your system will only encourage you to smoke more. The most effective way to quit is to get the nicotine out of your system as quickly as possible.
- Relaxation: The laser therapy works best when you are in a very relaxed state, many other clinics fail to address this and the effects of the treatment are diminished. Using proven breathing techniques and relaxation tools we aide you in achieving a high level of relaxation. Furthermore these same relaxation techniques can be used in your daily life as well.
- Behavioral component: Many stop smoking programs fail to address why you smoke. All individuals have their own reasoning and therefore must be addressed on an individual basis. At Bodymed Rehabilitation centre we take the time to discuss your external factors and cues that influence your habit. Then we plan and develop coping strategies so you can be better prepared to face these stresses over the coming months. Increasing your confidence to remain smoke free for the rest of your life.
By addressing these three key factors, we believe that our Stop Smoking Laser Therapy is a comprehensive approach to quitting smoking and staying smoke free! Using this treatment will get you through the phase of removing the nicotine from your system, the strategies we help you develop will ensure that you stay committed even when being exposed to influential stresses in your environments and social settings. These are the efforts that will ensure you stay smoke free for the rest of your life. It is a commitment you make each day that will change the rest of your life.
“EVEN THE SMALLEST EFFORTS REPRODUCED DAILY, WILL HAVE COMPOUNDING EFFECTS ON THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.”