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5 Reasons Why Quitting Smoking Will Improve Your Look

5 Reasons Why Quitting Smoking Will Improve Your Look

There’s no doubt about it, quitting smoking is hard. I know this first hand. Before I quit, I was smoking a lot; even more on the evenings, I would enjoy a drink with friends. However, this all stopped when I decided it was about time I tried my hand at running a marathon.

Fortunately for me, the process of running a marathon was much more mentally trying than quitting smoking and so the process was a little lost on me. Nights out were replaced with early nights in with a book to read; foods that would be enjoyable with a cigarette were replaced with high protein diets and carbohydrate loading. For me, smoking was phased out in the most natural way possible. For my Mum, however, the struggle through the quitting process has been a little different and has taught me a thing or two about how to motivate yourself to quit. One of the best ways to do this is reminding ourselves about how it will affect our bodies.

Premature Aging

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    I’m 25, so obviously my Mum is a bit older – I’ll spare her by leaving out her age – so let’s say that her worry about aging is bigger than mine. But that isn’t to say that it shouldn’t be a worry to everyone. Smoking narrows the blood vessels in the outermost layers of your skin, therefore impairing the blood flow there. Without blood flow, your skin doesn’t receive as much oxygen and other really great nutrients. This, paired with the thousands of nasty chemicals found in tobacco that damage elastin and collagen, means that there’s no doubt about it: smoking will give you wrinkles.

    This happens no matter what your age is and really – sorry Mum – this means that the later you decide to quit, the worse the wrinkles could be.

    Teeth

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      Whether you agree or not, your smile is one of the best, most candid things about you. Smiling is an important part of daily interaction and so taking good care of your teeth is something never to be taken lightly. Smoking can, of course, ruin this. Tobacco tar and nicotine are proven to yellow your teeth even a very short period of time, destroying a pearly white smile.

      One of the best ways to cut out nicotine considerably is by switching to e-cigarettes, you’ll find doing the switch will make cutting down easier while meaning the tar yellowing your teeth is lessened. My Mum has been trialling these and tells me that the V2 Pro Vaporizer is the best vaporizer around.

      Thin Hair

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        As if the first two reasons weren’t enough, smoking actually makes your hair thinner. Experts have found – in most cases of long-term smokers – that the chemicals and toxins in cigarettes damage the DNA in hair follicles. This means not only thinner and lank hair,  but also premature greying too. Bad hair isn’t just an issue for females either, as a male, you are more likely to experience boldness than men that don’t smoke. With horrid teeth and thinning hair, that action of smoking isn’t looking quite so cool now is it?

        Skin

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          I’ve mentioned premature aging and since many young readers won’t worry about this too much, it’s probably a good time to mention the other effects smoking has on skin. If you’re a smoker, of any age, you may have noticed your skin get gradually worse. I definitely did. In fact, when I quit smoking I found my skin clearing was what gave me the biggest confidence boost. The number of blackheads decreased on my nose, I had fewer blemishes and believe it or not, the bags under my eyes disappeared.

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          Wound healing

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            When we smoke, the molecule hemoglobin does not carry as much oxygen throughout the body than if it weren’t inhaling harmful chemicals. Tiny blood vessels in the body become a lot smaller, meaning it’s a lot more difficult for hemoglobin and oxygen to get to the tissues where they are needed. In layman’s terms; smokers don’t heal very well. If you’re considering any sort of cosmetic surgery to improve your look, you’ll often hear from your surgeon that you need to quit before the procedure takes place. There really is no upside to smoking.

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            Last Updated on January 21, 2020

            The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

            The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

            Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

            your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

              Why You Need a Vision

              Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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              How to Create Your Life Vision

              Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

              What Do You Want?

              The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

              It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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              Some tips to guide you:

              • Remember to ask why you want certain things
              • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
              • Give yourself permission to dream.
              • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
              • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

              Some questions to start your exploration:

              • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
              • What would you like to have more of in your life?
              • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
              • What are your secret passions and dreams?
              • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
              • What do you want your relationships to be like?
              • What qualities would you like to develop?
              • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
              • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
              • What would you most like to accomplish?
              • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

              It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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              What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

              Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

              A few prompts to get you started:

              • What will you have accomplished already?
              • How will you feel about yourself?
              • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
              • What does your ideal day look like?
              • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
              • What would you be doing?
              • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
              • How are you dressed?
              • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
              • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
              • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

              It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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              Plan Backwards

              It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

              • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
              • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
              • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
              • What important actions would you have had to take?
              • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
              • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
              • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
              • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
              • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

              Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

              It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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