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“It’s easy to become a non-smoker, I’ve already done it 20 times” – who doesn’t know this saying? And which smoker can still claim that he really likes to smoke and doesn’t really want to quit? Hand on heart: The whistling in the Lungs when climbing stairs, the nervousness on longer flights, the smell of cold smoke in the clothes and the whole apartment – even the toughest smoker doesn’t like these factors. And yet you light the next cigarette just as if you could not different aufhören zu rauchen.

Old habits must be defeated

A fundamental question: How strong is the addiction, and what is just a habit? Anyone who has ever tried to become a non-smoker knows that physical addiction is quickly overcome. Yes, the first few days are not that easy – but the body gets used relatively quickly to suddenly no longer receiving nicotine. What is much more difficult to defeat are the many old habits: the cigarette after dinner, while waiting, with coffee, with beer, with friends, during the joint smoking break. The list could go on and on and it is precisely in such situations that it becomes difficult for us. It is precisely there that we are at risk of relapse.

Every smoker has tried several times to limit consumption. Only smoke in the evening, do not smoke at home, do not immediately light a butt in the car, only 5 cigarettes a day. It goes well for a while, but soon you always have a whistle in the corner of your mouth – because becoming a non-smoker is something completely different from smoking less. And as long as you maintain the automatisms of nicotine addiction, you will not be able to get out of it properly. It would be like an alcoholic trying to reduce his daily ration to just 6 beers and 3 red wine and get rid of his addiction in this way. Sounds pretty hopeless, doesn’t it?

Dare to take the radical cut

Therefore, only one thing really helps: a radical cut. Away with the cigarette, away with the old habits, almost overnight becoming a non-smoker. “It’s so hard, I can’t do it.” Dear smoker, let me tell you: where there is a will, there is a way. Even after many years I put the cigarette aside from now on and never wasted just one thought of the “blue haze” again. Simply changing smoking habits does not work in the long run – if you really want to become a non-smoker, you have to understand and recognize the mechanisms of addiction. We would like to present some very successful methods in more detail on these pages to give you courage and finally make the step into a healthier life. Not only will your lungs thank you!

Allen Carr wrote down his “Easyway” strategy in the book titles “Finally Non-Smoking” and was also able to help millions of other long-time smokers. With his method, becoming a non-smoker is not just a lazy magic, but rather starts deep in our brain to understand the mechanisms of (actually nonsensical) addiction.

Above all, however, in this way the end of the smoking career can take place in the private feel-good setting at home, as opposed to being accompanied by a doctor or using acupuncture. But there are of course other approaches to self-weaning: Hypnosis can also be a useful method as a support for non-smokers. Do not worry, you will not become a different person – you only get help in changing your habits in such a way that the urge to cigarette disappears from the subconscious and is no longer a matter of course.

If you want to take it a little slower…

The exit from “I like to smoke… and stop now: non-smokers in 30 days” by Andreas Jopp, who actively encourages people to continue smoking while reading the book, is a bit more gentle. His paperback is not only limited to the classic texts, but also gives access to creative videos for daily motivation. Meanwhile, Franz Wilhelm Bauer makes an important contribution to mutual understanding between smokers and non-smokers with his title “Die Rauchgiftfalle”, which has also made many hardcore smokers non-smokers. Together with Bev Aisbett, “Finally a non-smoker for those who don’t read!” with countless funny illustrations a very clear and pictorial implementation of the Allen Carr method. Michael Bohne, on the other hand, relies on practical, energetic psychology with his hit hit “Knocking Against Smoking: Just Quit”.

Aids for dropouts

If you have the feeling that you cannot get out of the way without aids, you will also find suggestions for compensation measures such as nicotine patches or special chewing gum with us. Regardless of which method is most promising for you: at least the basic willingness to become a non-smoker must be there, otherwise even the best method and support will not work. It is also important to create new habits. For many people, exercise is a good help when they finally want to become a non-smoker – it distracts, prevents weight gain and lets you forget the desire for a cigarette. Who likes to smoke when they’re out of breath and sweaty anyway? This also includes the environment: If all friends smoke, you should keep your distance, at least at the beginning. First become a non-smoker, then meet up with smokers again – bringing both together can be a bit exhausting, especially in the first few weeks.

Making ashtrays and hidden cigarettes disappear, creating a new, non-smoking environment, that is part of the clean-up work if you finally want to become a non-smoker. It is important that you do not allow yourself to be exposed to social pressure because supposed friends are now trying to tease you. Be optimistic and self-confident about your decision; after all, it is a sensible step for your own well-being. And this is exactly what should come first for both you and true friends! In order to fight against your inner weaker self, the great tips from Stefan Frädrich also help. With “Non-smoker in 5 hours” he has published the most successful DVD seminar on becoming non-smokers and also published the animal health book “Günter Becomes Non-Smoker”.

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