How to stop smoking naturally

How to stop smoking naturally

Swapping one addiction for another? I wanted to know how to stop smoking naturally. There is the option to take medication to help you quit the fags but that’s not for everyone and can have some nasty side effects. Like me do you want to stop smoking without swapping smoking tobacco for another fix of nicotine just in a different form of delivery. Read on to learn about some other ways that don’t involve nicotine replacement such as patches, gum or moving to a vape. They can of course be…

Getting ready to quit smoking

Getting ready to quit smoking

Are you ready? Change is one of the constants in your life and getting ready to quit smoking signifies the start your journey. Over 20 years ago two alcoholism researchers, Carlo C. DiClemente and J. O. Prochaska, developed a model of change to help with addiction problems and motivation to change. Discover how ready you are, how you can move forward and the right mindset. It was my heart attack that catapulted me to the action stage, don’t wait for a life changing event first. Smoking cessation This term is…

Busting the myths about quitting smoking

Busting the myths about quitting smoking

In my previously I talked about some of the reasons why it would be a good idea to stop smoking. I busted one of the myths I hear that makes me really cross. “It’s not too late” – it’s never too late – the damage caused by smoking can often be undone. Now I am going to be busting some of the myths about quitting smoking that hold you stuck in the habit. Why is it so difficult to stop smoking? Because although it is simple, it is not easy!…

Facts to help you quit smoking after a heart attack

Facts to help you quit smoking after a heart attack

How long have you smoked? Being a smoker since the age of 14 it took my heart attack at 52 to make me decide once and for all to quit smoking. I had heard and read about some of the facts, the good reasons to quit, but it hadn’t made a difference until it happened to me. As I think back to all the years I have heard many tales both good and bad about how easy or difficult it is to give up. This has influenced my beliefs and…

You can feel fine after a heart attack

You can feel fine after a heart attack

In my last post I focussed on how you can help yourself with your emotional rehabiliation and at the same time be helping others to feel good too. Now it is all about you, yes really. You can feel fine after a heart attack. After a cardiac event you may feel like you’ll never feel fine again. It’s not the case, you just need a little time, cardiac rehabiliation for the body and the mind.  It’s time to share with you activities to calm your mind, care for your body,…

How to help yourself and help others as you recover after a heart attack and stents

How to help yourself and help others as you recover after a heart attack and stents

The next couple of activities come from my feeling good handbook. They are about how to help yourself and help others as you recover after a heart attack and stents. They are about how our shared experiences can boost the feel good factor in ourselves and the people we meet throughout our recovery. Sometimes we want to help ourselves feel good and get wrapped up in our own world. We dare not to venture outside our own reality and don’t want to interact with others as we think that they…

5 ways to feel good enough after a cardiac event

5 ways to feel good enough after a cardiac event

Continuing on from my last post How to feel good for 12 days at Christmas, I am reminded it’s not just at Christmas time that you can feel overwhelmed. Maybe it’s going on holiday; the planning, the packing, the arrangements, going away and then coming back home to business as usual. It seems even the good things in life can cause stress and anxiety. It could be birthdays, weddings, a new job, or moving house, just about any event where it is expected that you are supposed to be happy…

How to lower your blood pressure

How to lower your blood pressure

The causes of high blood pressure can be many and varied, as can the ways to lower your blood pressure From genes or the environment, in the body’s normal functions including changes to kidney fluid and salt balances, sympathetic nervous system (responsible for fight or flight), and blood vessel structure and function. Some of the factors are not within our ability to change. Such as the structure and function of our blood vessels and genetics. But other elements are can definitely be influences by our behaviour. Whilst we know that they…

What is high blood pressure?

What is high blood pressure?

A silent killer, an invisible disease! High blood pressure is silent as there are no obvious symptoms and often you aren’t aware that you have it as there are no particular symptoms. It isn’t until damage starts to happen that it is noticed, although luckily nowadays we have our blood pressure taken routinely at the doctors if we go for a visit. It is invisible as no one knows you are suffering from it, and that it takes determination, motivation and having to make life style changes to keep yourself well.…