The urge to smoke can feel to be your strongest ‘right’ after you have quit. The struggle between your body and your will can be hard to handle. A bit of support from your own body can help you when you are completely puzzled about your choices. But, how to get your body to help you out? How about breathing? No, we are not kidding at all. Special breathing techniques can calm your body and help you fight the nicotine cravings by subduing the agitation you are feeling. Here are a couple of breathing exercises that can contribute to your effort of saying no to tobacco.
Breathing Using the Diaphragm
Deep breathing has a nourishing effect on our body. It can increase the oxygen intake in your body and remove the toxic elements like carbon dioxide through exhalation. Diaphragm breathing uses the muscle located just below the lungs and above the abdominal cavity.
Here are the steps:
Lie on a flat surface (bed is fine). Bend your legs with your knees pointing upwards.
Keep your left palm on the chest and right palm on the abdomen area.
Now breathe through your nose and use the diaphragm muscle to expand the stomach. As the stomach expands, your right palm will move indicating that you are doing it right.
Now use your mouth to exhale, and try keeping your chest as still as possible. If your left palm starts to move or rise up, then you are doing it wrong.
It is better to try this exercise lying down for the first time, but after a few sessions, you can sit on a chair to do it.
Breathing and Pausing
This exercise technique can naturally offer moments of relaxation, which can subdue your cravings for nicotine. You need to use your belly muscles for this exercise.
Here are the steps:
Close your eyes, and think about all the things that make you happy. It will help you calm down faster and allow the exercise to work better.
Breathe in as much air as possible for you. As your lungs start to fill up, you will notice your belly expanding.
Now let the air out and allow your stomach to return to its original state.
Pause for a moment after completely exhaling the air and then start again.
Try these exercises when you crave nicotine, and after a few sessions, you will start to feel relaxed and confident about your decision to quit tobacco.
Sure you can get into activities, stay busy, suck on toothpicks, or eat stuff to deviate from the thought of smoking. But, breathing exercises can bring you a sense of calm, peace and relaxation, which can help you fight off the craving better and faster.