How Mindfulness Can Help You Quit Smoking

Mindfulness is a skill that takes both practice and understanding. Here’s how a regular mindfulness practice can help you quit any kind of addiction, including smoking.
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Scientific research has come to associate mindfulness with a term called neuroplasticity - a result of focused attention

Quitting smoking can be a daunting challenge that takes a lot of willpower and motivation. Addiction of any kind can often feel like pushing a boulder up a hill. Somedays you would see progress and other days, it will all get back to square one. Nicotine cravings can derail even the most determined and ambitious individual, because it is something chronic your brain has come to depend on. This is where mindfulness plays a role, as a powerful tool to help you be more decisive.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is not exactly a silver bullet or magic salve that immediately turns you into an enlightened being that makes the right choices. Instead, it helps you slow down your mind enough to actually understand the choice that you are making. It can be a bit of an abstract concept, most people associate mindfulness with meditation, which is actually just one tool to get to mindfulness.
Scientific research has come to associate mindfulness with a term known as neuroplasticity. In mental health, neuroplasticity is a result of focused attention where you are able to apply your brain inwards and understand its own functioning. Within this context, it is the ability to think, “I am having a stressful day. This feeling of stress is making my brain crave relief, as a coping mechanism. This is making me crave a smoke break".
According to experts, it is not groundbreaking and you would be able to come to that conclusion about your feelings on your own, if you applied a little focus. What mindfulness does is that it allows you to stay in this zone of self-analysis for a lot longer. You might give in, you might falter to your urges. However, the science clearly shows that people who practice mindfulness at this level, with routine, find it easier to break out of subconscious habits.

Where Can You Start?

The easiest place to start is in this very moment. Experts say the firs thing to do is to put your phone away in a minute, somewhere where you cannot see it. Place yourself somewhere with less distraction and ask yourself the question, in the absence of any distractions, what your first thought will be?

Be patient with your cravings

At times, this initial thought might be related to your smoking addiction or just memories related to the craving. Be patient with it. Trace the journey that your mind takes before the craving and soon you’ll be aware of what kind of stress is actually causing this need.

Journaling

The second best place to start does take a bit of effort, like journaling. Most of the time, we know what is the root cause of our stress but we feel powerless to do anything about it. Research, however, has shown that there is a powerful secret in writing that can help us release this energy.

Emotional distancing

The last key to the puzzle is emotional distancing which, when paired with the last two mindfulness tips, can really cleanse your mental state. Either while journaling or meditating on your thoughts, address yourself in the second or third person, ie., using your own name or just using 'you' in sentences. This is a tool for emotional distancing that can help you contextualize your feelings and regain control over them. It is a reminder of the fact that feelings are always temporary and we always have a role in the choices we make.
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