Conquering The Smoking Habit

Written by Jay Harris

Most smokers sincerely want to quit. They know cigarettes threaten their health, set a bad example for their children, annoy their acquaintances and cost an inordinate amount of money.

Nobody can force a smoker to quit. It's something each person has to decide for himself, and will require a personal commitment byrepparttar smoker. What kind of smoker are you? What do you get out of smoking? What does it do for you? It is important to identify what you use smoking for and what kind of satisfaction you feel that you are getting from smoking.

Many smokers userepparttar 148144 cigarette as a kind of crutch in moments of stress or discomfort, and on occasion it may work;repparttar 148145 cigarette is sometimes used as a tranquilizer. Butrepparttar 148146 heavy smoker,repparttar 148147 person who tries to handle severe personal problems by smoking heavily all day long, is apt to discover that cigarettes do not help him deal with his problems effectively.

When it comes to quitting, this kind of smoker may find it easy to stop when everything is going well, but may be tempted to start again in a time of crisis. Physical exertion, eating, drinking, or social activity in moderation may serve as useful substitutes for cigarettes, even in times of tension. The choice of a substitute depends on what will achieverepparttar 148148 same effects without having any appreciable risk.

Once a smoker understands his own smoking behavior, he will be able to cope more successfully and selectrepparttar 148149 best quitting approaches for himself andrepparttar 148150 type of life-style he leads.

Because smoking is a form of addiction, 80 percent of smoker who quit usually experience some withdrawal symptoms. These may include headache, light-headedness, nausea, diarrhea, and chest pains. Psychological symptoms, such as anxiety, short-term depression, and inability to concentrate, may also appear. The main psychological symptom is increased irritability. People become so irritable, in fact, that they say they feel "like killing somebody." Yet there is no evidence that quitting smoking leads to physical violence.

Growing Old Gracefully

Written by Jay Harris

Todayrepparttar average duration of human life inrepparttar 148143 United States is just about 70 years for women and a little less for men. Conservative experts believe that man is really build to last about 100 years; and that medial advances and more healthful living habits could bring this about within a generation or two.

What good is it to add years to life if we do not also add life to years? In fact, unless people learn to enjoy life and to grow old gracefully,repparttar 148144 extra years may be an additional burden.

From 18 to 30 years is roughlyrepparttar 148145 period of highest physical and mental vigor. The experiences we accumulate fromrepparttar 148146 day we are born help us to conserve and to use our physical and mental abilities more wisely, so that for some time after 30 years we are able to perform increasingly well in spite of slowly slipping vigor. After age 50repparttar 148147 increasing accumulation of experience is no longer able to offsetrepparttar 148148 now more rapidly energy and therefore aging begins to assert itself noticeably and in many ways.

A number of things may come about gradually such as people who have not used eyeglasses before may at some time in their forties need them for reading, and inrepparttar 148149 fifties they usually need bifocals.

Also inrepparttar 148150 forties, people are likely to put on weight because there is a general slowdown inrepparttar 148151 oxidation rate ofrepparttar 148152 aging body tissue. Also we tend to do less strenuous work with no reduction inrepparttar 148153 amount of food consumed.

And inrepparttar 148154 fifties there is likely to be some loss of hearing. Usuallyrepparttar 148155 high-pitched tomes go first, so words withrepparttar 148156 sounds of F, S, and TH are confused. A hearing aid may be needed in some cases.

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