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Can Mindfulness Help you Quit Smoking?


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Have you tried using mindfulness to help you quit smoking? How do you incorporate mindfulness into your life?

8 years ago +1 Catnip 6 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 2
Ashley:
 
Once in the morning when I wake up and before bed works for me.  Better day and better sleep. 
Thanks for sharing Catnip. Breathing exercises can be so helpful. How do you remind yourself to do them twice a day?


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8 years ago +2 Catnip 6 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 2
Hi, Ashley…I think mindfulness or anything like it will help.  I use breath meditation where I focus only on my breathing for about 15 minutes twice a day. It really helps to keep me centered and able to cope healthier than I used to cope when I would smoke over everything.  
 
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Your Welcome Ashley! 
 
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Mindfulness is a technique that can be helpful for depression, anxiety, anger, stress management, chronic pain and even addiction. When people practice mindfulness regularly it can actually change how the brain works. Take a look at this interesting article that discusses mindfulness and smoking cessation: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/minding-the-body/201204/can-mindfulness-help-you-quit-smoking

One of the main points in the article was how to practice mindfulness for smoking cessation. Dr. Brewer, who was being interviewed in the article, suggested using the RAIN acronym which stands for:

Recognize the craving that is arising, and relax into it.
Accept this moment. Don’t ignore it, distract yourself, or try to do something about it.
Investigate the experience as it builds. Ask yourself, “What is happening in my body right now?”
Note what is happening. As you note pressure, dullness, tightness, or whatever, it becomes clear that these are nothing more than body sensations. You don’t have to act on them. You can simply ride out the sensations until they subside.”

Dr. Brewer explained that when we fully experience an uncomfortable feeling we take  the power away and gradually the feelings subside.

Are you feeling anxious or down now? Are you experiencing a craving? Try RAIN and let us know what you notice.
 
 
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