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Quit Smoking and Get Rid of Your Chest Pain

Whether you have just quit smoking or even if you are still smoking, chest pain is a problem you are likely to encounter with cigarette usage. If you experience smoking-related chest pain, then you know that it can be a scary experience; chest pain causes many smokers to worry about diseases such as cancer and emphysema. However before you diagnose yourself (or dive into the scary medical information flooding the internet) take the time to understand the various kinds and causes of chest pain—and then make sure to see your doctor to get the final verdict on what you are experiencing.

Are you a long term smoker?

Long-term smokers, short-term smokers and the newly smoke-free all have the potential to experience chest pain. Chest pain, as a term, is  very vague. There are different kinds of chest pain: sharp, shooting pains when breathing, dull aching, throbbing, pain with coughing etc.

Smokers often experience all of the above mentioned types of chest pain, but not all indicate the presence of a medical condition. Still, if you are a smoker and you experience sustained chest pain, then you need to get to a doctor right away; you could be suffering from lung cancer, emphysema, or angina pectoris—insufficient blood flow to the heart which can result in a heart attack.

For the newly smoke-free, chest pain and even black mucus are very common in the first few weeks after you quit smoking. However, if you notice that the pain does not subside, or that the mucus is black and also streaked with blood, it is important you go to the doctor for a check-up to make sure there is not something more serious going on.

How to avoid chest pain

The best way to avoid chest pain? Don’t smoke, obviously! In other words – quit smoking! But if you are a smoker, then it is never too late to take charge of your health and get rid of that nagging sore feeling in your chest for good. There are many methods out there that can help you, such as quit smoking hypnosis. Quit smoking hypnosis will help you re-wire your brain’s beliefs and feelings about cigarettes so that you no longer depend on them for emotional and/or psychological soothing.

You have the power to quit—you just have to make the decision to stop. Quitting smoking doesn’t have to be difficult—you have the power to make yourself smoke-free for good! If you want to find out more about how to quit smoking in as little as 60 minutes, then get involved in the discussion on Facebook and Twitter.

If you are ready to stop smoking, then go and book yourself in for your Quit Smoking Hypnosis session.  Alternatively call 1300 619 684 and have a chat to one of our friendly staff.

 

Living with a Partner Who Smokes

Are you a non-smoker living with a partner who smokes?

How does that feel? Did you ever smoke and are now a non smoker? You must feel so proud of yourself and your achievement. Yes, it is an achievement and you have made it – so well done!

Have you been receiving lots of comments and congratulations from family and friends?

Family are usually the ones who appreciate the sacrifice and effort you have made because they are the ones who worry about you. Clients often tell me that their partner hasn’t made them give up. However so often the smell, mess and worry about their partners health as a smoker is the true reality of their concern and silence. They feel helpless as I did with my husband when he continued to smoke. Being a trained nurse and knowing the facts resulted in a great deal of stress especially with four young children. When he had his first heart attack I was scared and worried even more when he decided he wanted to work in PNG. Thankfully the hospital on Bougainville was the best equipped hospital in PNG. So we were blessed.

Twenty months later when he had his second heart attack I was working as the Nursing Superintendent at the hospital. The Medical Superintendent medivac’d him out the next day so he was in Brisbane when they diagnosed him two days later with extensive lung cancer. This had caused a blockage of one of the main arteries to his heart resulting in his heart attack. I sent one of the trained staff to travel with him so I could stay with the children.

The dangers of living on Bougainville

At that time Bougainville was becoming more isolated with the violence; the airport had been destroyed along with all the planes except one which had been severely damaged. However the staff were able to repair the plane sufficiently which allowed it to continue flying. It was a difficult time as I had two children still on the island. However a very dear friend agreed to care for the children until we could organise flights out of Bougainville. They also packed up our house which was a huge task. Such kindness is never forgotten as another very kind person gave up their seat on the next available flight to allow me to travel to Brisbane all the while unsure of how my husband was doing. We had to make four stops including an overnight stay in Cairns due to the problems on Bougainville. At every stop I wasn’t sure if I had a seat as I hadn’t booked. However the airline used their emergency seating to accommodate me. When I arrived in Brisbane my husband was very sick as they had started chemotherapy. There was such a lot of cancer the body struggled to remove the dead cells from the cancer and chemo.

What about the Children?

I was delighted when the children arrived three days later and we could spend time with their father. We had 11 months with him before he died a most unpleasant death having gone through chemo and later on radiotherapy when he was diagnosed with brain tumours. However I will always look back on those 11 months and feel gratitude for this time with him. Wherever I can I will continue to help other families so their loved one can have additional time with them. So love your partner, families and the world at large. You have had your life extended by up to 14 years now so love your life and enjoy those people around you.

If you or someone you care about are stuck in the grip of a tobacco habit there are people who can help empower you to make the choice to quit smoking. To learn more about strengthening your willpower, visit: http://lifecoachtoquitsmoking.com/

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Want Your Loved One to Quit Smoking? Here is What NOT to Do

The struggle of doing it on your own.

If you have a loved one—a mum, dad, daughter, husband or best friend—who smokes, then you likely want to help him or her give up the deadly habit. But being a good quit smoking helper is not always an easy thing. And sometimes, the ways in which you try to help your loved one quit smoking can actually do more harm than good.

So how do you become a good quit smoking helper?

Well, becoming a good quit smoking helper is actually less about knowing what to do and more about knowing what not to do. So if you are accompanying someone you care about on a quit smoking journey, here are some behaviors you should not take along on the ride:

  • Condescending Behavior: Talking down to your loved one because he or she is struggling with a bad habit is a surefire way to help him or her lose confidence and build up resentment—resentment that can later be used to blame you for a failed quit smoking attempt. As a quit smoking supporter, you need to be very empathic—even if you yourself have never smoked. Quitting smoking is both brave and hard—don’t treat the smoker you love in way that makes him or her feel bad or ashamed or inferior. A smoker who feels like that will not be in the right psychological state to give up cigarettes.
  • Controlling Behavior: On the quit smoking journey, if you are not the smoker, then you are not in the driver’s seat. It is not your job to set ultimatums, provide willpower or make decisions vis-à-vis quitting smoking. Change is something that only comes from within. Change will only come from within the smoker—the smoker you loved will quit smoking because he or she has made the conscious decision to do so, not because you have made the decision for him or her.
  • Angry Behavior: Anger is not a constructive emotion when it comes to being a quit smoking supporter. Anger leads to fighting, shaming, and hopelessness. If the smoker you love takes a wrong turn, runs out of gas or gets a flat tire on the quit smoking journey, reacting in anger will only make things worse. Like all journeys, the quit smoking journey will have its ups and downs. It is up to you to be supportive by maintaining emotional balance and not giving in to anger.
  • Nagging Behavior: Nagging is never a way to get a positive outcome. Constantly harping on your loved one about quitting smoking while he or she is trying to quit smoking is psychologically stressful and can create tension and resentment in the relationship. Again, change comes from within. No amount of nagging on your part will create the authentic change from within needed for your loved one to quit smoking.
  • Negative Behavior: As a quit smoking supporter, you need to contribute to a positive healthy environment on the quit smoking journey. Negative thoughts, emotions and attitudes, then, should be kept at a minimum.

 

The quit smoking journey is not your journey. You are along for the ride as a helper—which means you need to engage in helpful behaviors. By avoiding the unhelpful behaviors listed above, you will naturally become supportive in a healthy way. And by being healthy, and truly supportive, you will increase your loved one’s chances of safe arrival at Smoke Free City tenfold.
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Smoking and Fire Safety

One of the potentially fatal side effects of smoking that people often forget to discuss is the risk of fire. Thousands of people across the globe are killed or badly injured each year in smoking-related fires. According to the National Fire Protection Agency in the United States, cigarettes and smoking paraphernalia like matches and lighters are “the number one cause of civilian fire deaths.” This is just another example of how much destruction smoking and cause outside of the smoker’s physical body.

Most cigarette-induce fires start when a smoker has fallen asleep without putting out his or her cigarette. This usually happens in a bed, chair or some other comfortable place in the home and this is especially dangerous because fires in these areas spread rapidly and make it difficult for people in the house to escape or for fire workers to rescue them. Smoking fires can also occur when people thrown matches away that are still embers or other misuse and mishandling of smoking materials and supplies.

One of the most devastating aspects of cigarette-induced fires is the fact that they often rip families apart by way of death. Children perish, mothers perish, father perish—any combination of family members and their friends can die in a fire caused by smoking and the pain for the survivors can be excruciating. Imagine that you are a smoker who has caused a home fire that took the lives of your two children—but you survived. If there is any kind of accident that should never happen, that never need happen, it is a smoking fire.

While many disaster prevention agencies list ways that you can fire-proof your home or smoking habits (fire-safe cigarettes, deep ash trays, ash trays with sand), we would rather take the opportunity to point out that the risks associated with smoking provide a good opportunity for you to consider quitting your tobacco habit all together. If you make the decision to throw away your last pack of cigarettes for good, then worrying about starting a fire while you smoke will fade away into the past along with all your other smoking memories. Of course, no matter how preventative you are, accidents can always happen. That is just a fact of life. But taking the measures to protect yourself are invaluable, especially when more lives than your own are at stake. The risk of cigarette-induced fires and the devastations they cause should give you enough incentive to kick your tobacco habit and start on a new path towards health and happiness!

The Importance of Grains in a Balanced Diet

While grains stripped of their nutrients, known as refined grains, hold no nutritional value, whole grains are an especially vital part of a balanced diet. Grains are an important source of healthy complex carbohydrates as well as other crucial vitamins and minerals. Grains are a staple of a healthy diet and you should make sure that you are incorporating the right grains—whole grains—into the foods that you eat on a regular basis.

We all eat grains and lots and lots of grains at that. But many people are not always sure how to discern the healthy whole grains from other types of grains including refined grains. Let’s take the time to make the distinction—it is an important to your health and vitality.

Grains are the seeds of grasses that are used as a means of making food, most notably breads, pastas etc. They come in all shapes, sizes and consistencies. In our current food culture, there are three types of grains that you can encounter when making or buying something to eat:

  • Whole Grains: While grains are pure grains that have not been stripped of their bran or germ during the refining process known as milling. As a result, these grains are high in fiber and other nutrients like potassium, selenium and magnesium. Whole gains are extremely healthy and you should definitely make them a core part of your regular diet.  While grains are most often found in organic breads and food stores, but you can find them anywhere as long as you take the time to read the packaging.
  • Refined Grains: Refined grains are whole grains’ evil twin: they have no nutritional value and are often clumped with other health hazards such as sugars, Trans fats and preservatives. Refined grains are milled and stripped of their nutrients and end up white. White break, white flour, cakes etc. All of these things are made with refined grains.
  • Enriched Grains: Enriched grains are the in-between vis à vis whole and refined grains. They are fortified, meaning that some of the nutrients lost during milling are put back in, but not all of them. Eating enriched grains is better than eating refined grains but not nearly as good as eating whole grains—just think of it that way.

Grains provide you with the fiber and nutrients your body needs to process food and stay strong and healthy. It is important that you have them at the nexus of your diet, but only the right ones: whole grains (or if necessary, enriched grains). Refined grains are totally counterproductive to any efforts at maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Whole grain bread, quinoa, brown rice—all of these grains should be combined with proteins and vegetables to keep your feeling fresh and exhilarated!