Thursday April 24, 2014
Some people just find smoking enjoyable.
Whether it is the boost you get or that it gets you away from the stress of your day, a number of people smoke despite knowing how bad its effects. You may just find it pleasurable.
If any of the following apply to you, you enjoy smoking and the associated positive experiences:
- I find smoking a pleasant and enjoyable experience.
- Good times are better when I smoke.
- I am most likely to smoke when when I am calm, comfortable, and enjoying myself.
There are a number of things that you can do to deal with this. First, you need to enjoy yourself and life when not focusing on tobacco.
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Monday April 21, 2014
"START" your smoke free life today:
- S = Set a quit date to begin your smoke free life.
- T = Tell your family, friends, and coworkers you are quitting and ask for their support.
- A = Anticipate when you will have problems and think about how you will handle them now.
- R = Remove all your cigarettes from your home, work, and car.
- T = Talk with your doctor or other healthcare professional about quitting.
If you are currently smoking, quitting is probably the single best thing that you can do to improve your asthma and your overall health. Similarly, quitting smoking could significantly reduce your child's risk of an asthma attack.
Monday April 21, 2014
How much power does habit have?
A tremendous amount. Have you ever seen a smoker say "I just light cigarettes and I am not really smoking it?"
If this describes you than smoking has become a pretty significant habit and part of your daily routine.
If you answer yes to any of the following smoking is a habit in your life:
- I light up more than one cigarette without really being aware that I did so.
- I do not even realize that I have a lit a cigarette.
- I do not remember putting a cigarette in my mouth.
When you display habits like this, smoking is no longer the pleasurable experience you may have previously experienced.
Smoking has become a habit and you will hopefully not miss. You may, however, have trouble breaking all the habits that you have built up over time.
There are a number of things that you can do to deal with this challenge.
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Wednesday April 16, 2014
It is beginning to warm up where I live and the local paper has been publishing some tips and recommendations for planting. We are also beginning to see a lot o pollen locally. With the upcoming planting season, the asthmatic gardener may be at risk for worsening asthma symptoms. These 10 tips from American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology can prevent seasonal allergies from worsening your asthma and keep you in the garden longer:
- Wear a protective pollen mask while gardening
- Shower after gardening to reduce seasonal allergen exposure in your home
- Keep grass cut short and avoid mowing yourself if possible
- Keep your hands away from your eyes and nose while gardening
- Garden when pollen counts are lowest- typically rainy, wet, cloudy and windless days
- After gardening, leave your clothes in your laundry room and brush off your shoes.
- Use gardening gloves to minimize direct contact with allergens
- Do not garden or limit your gardening to short time periods on "high" pollen days
- Avoid poison ivy/sumac/oak- Where long pants and shirts or consider barrier skin creams to prevent unwanted contact with these allergens
- If you are mold allergic, avoid damp, moist places and standing water