Cough, fever, sore throat, chills, and breathing problems. Individuals who are experiencing these symptoms may already have bronchitis. Bronchitis is a lung ailment that is characterized by an inflammation of the air passages between the nose and the lungs. In some cases, the trachea or windpipe may become infected. The infection of the trachea eventually leads to breathing difficulties. Bronchitis can be caused by a variety of factors like viral infection, bacterial infection and cigarette smoking. Because of the effects of cigarette smoke in the development of bronchitis, the need to quit smoking has been more important than ever. Understanding bronchitis and other factors that may affect this condition is critical in prevention and treating it.
We all know that thousands of people die each year from diseases brought about by smoking, and we are all aware that smoking is the cause of many cancers. We’ve all been warned about the dangers and we are aware of the thousands of dangerous chemicals in cigarettes, but yet many people continue to smoke. Why do so many people still do it? Why can’t they just stop smoking and not continue to put their health and lives at risk?
It’s very easy for non-smokers to judge, ridicule and point the finger, because they have no idea how difficult it is for most people to quit smoking. Non smokers don’t realize how powerfully addictive the habit of smoking cigarettes is because most of them have never had to quit smoking.
Have you ever gotten yourself in a situation where you have quit smoking for perhaps 1, 2 or 3 weeks, sometimes even months or years only to find yourself crawling back to square one as it if it was a snake and ladder board game?
Have you found yourself picking up a cigarette and lighting it once again? I have to admit. I did. That is because I was lacking something, of which I had to learn the hard way. And maybe this is why I am sharing my experience with you so you can avoid this mistake in the future while you quit smoking.
How do you react when your plans fall through? Do you roll with the punches? Or does anxiety keep you from enjoying life? To a great extent, our personality determines how we deal with stress in our lives, but here are 5 things to help keep your stress under control:
1. Sleep more. Its very common in our society to exist on less than 6 hours of sleep a night. But experts keep telling us we need at least 8 hours. Not just to rest our bodies, but to rejuvenate our minds. Tired and cranky seem to go hand in hand. Don’t use your bedroom to watch the news or finish up some work from the office. Make that room your haven, a place to relax and escape the day. Have a hot cup of tea, take a warm bath, or read a paperback to help you unwind.
Tip 1: Rise above the cravings
Imagine the cigarettes as crutches. You’ve always had these crutches to lean on and soon, it becomes impossible to walk without them. The important thing to learn is that as soon as you walk on your feet again, they’ll quickly regain strength. It may be a little known fact, but about half of what a smoker inhales from his cigarette is pure air. The next time you’re hit with a craving, take some deep breaths and relax. You will soon be able to rise above the craving, feel refreshed, and move on.
Most people can readily agree that the idea to quit smoking is rather terrifying. Giving up the comfort that smoking can provide is not easy, nor can it be done instantly without professional help. Struggling to quit requires a lot of honest talks, not only with yourself but also with your family. There are three major struggles that you will encounter as you are working to quit smoking. Being fully aware of these struggles will help you to create a plan to quit smoking for good that can help you to overcome these difficulties and emerge in better health as a non-smoker.