Whether you decide to forget it out or decide to clog all at once, you’ll find it hard to let it go from your mind. We’re talking about the evil and unhealthy habit of smoking. You know it adds tar deposits in your lungs and could lead to cancer. Yet you still refuse to let it go. Well, if you’re planning to do it anytime soon or somewhere in the near future, we’ve got some great advice for you.
Expert says ‘self-control’ is the solution to your all problems. If you really want to quit smoking, then you should strengthen your self-control with exercises like mindful meditation which can decrease the influences that motivate a person to smoke.
A research team recruited 60 students (27 cigarette smokers and 33 non-smokers) to participate in integrative body-mind training programmed that included relaxation training techniques.
The students were divided into two groups so that half received mindfulness meditation training and half experienced the relaxation technique. Before and at the end of two weeks, after five hours of 30-minute sessions, the students received brain scans, filled out self-report questionnaires, and received objective measure of carbon monoxide on their smoking amounts and habits.
Even though many of the students said they smoked the same number of cigarettes before and after the training, for those who received mindfulness meditation, an objective measure of carbon dioxide percentage in their lungs showed a 60 percent reduction in smoking over two weeks after the training.
“After that the students changed their smoking behavior but were not aware of it,” said by research team. “When we showed the data to a participant who said they had smoked 20 cigarettes, this person checked their pocket immediately and was shocked to find 10 left.
“If you improve the self-control network in the brain and moderate stress-reactivity, then it’s easy to reduce smoking,” the researcher explained. Mindfulness meditation is a key strategy to strengthen self-control.