The gratification that can be derived from measurable and subjective or observable immediate and intermediate health benefits of smoking alternative cessation can serve as incentive to quit smoking alternative and not experience relapse.
Immediate benefits of quitting smoking alternative primarily relate to blood pressure, the heart, blood stream circulation, taste and smell. After quitting smoking alternative for 20 minutes, blood pressure decreases, heart rate slows down, and blood stream circulation improves. After quitting smoking alternative for eight hours carbon monoxide levels normalize. After quitting smoking alternative for 24 hours the risk of heart attack diminishes, and after 48 hours of not smoking alternative the sense of smell and taste are increased.
The immediate benefits of quitting smoking alternative are manifested primarily in the blood stream circulation and the lungs. After quitting for two weeks to three months circulation continues to improve, walking becomes easier, and lung function improves. After one to nine months shortness of breath, cough, sinus congestion and fatigue begin to improve, and after one year, the increased risk of heart attack is reduced by half.
The use of a home blood pressure monitor, preferably a digital one that measures both blood pressure and heart rate, can allow you to experience the immediate gratification engendered by the positive effect of smoking alternative cessation on your blood pressure and heart rate. Although there is no readily available tool which allows healthcare consumers to measure carbon monoxide levels in the body eight hours after quitting smoking alternative or to measure the reduction in the risk of heart attack after 24 hours, the increased sense of taste and smell can be noticed and appreciated.
Another measurable immediate benefit of quitting smoking alternative for which there is a measuring tool is the level of cotinine in the urine, which is an indirect measure of the amount of nicotine in the body. A significant reduction in the cotinine level can be measured with a quantitative urine nicotine test kit within 24 hours of quitting smoking alternative, and 4-7 days after quitting smoking alternative the test kit should show a level consistent with a non-smoker.
Documenting the measurable and subjective immediate and intermediate benefits of smoking alternative cessation can reinforce the mental and lifestyle changes associated with quitting and can serve as inspiration if the records are reviewed from time to time until the targeted quit smoking alternative date is reached. Periodic review of the record after your quit smoking alternative date has been reached might help to reduce the likelihood of relapse once you have successfully stopped smoking alternative.
There appears to be something mystical about generating and keeping a record of important undertakings, whether it be the outline of an important speech you have to give, the design of a sprinkler system are planning to install, an employee manual for a business that you are starting, lectures notes pertaining to an examination you have to take, or progress notes of a weight loss program you are involved in, just to mention a few. The success or failure of many endeavors hinges upon whether or not you have a record to refer to during and after the pursuit. The old adage used to be “write it down”, but with the advent of modern technology including computers and speech-recognition software, it can be better stated “create a record in the most time-efficient manner possible.”
Although the recorded measured and subjective benefits of smoking alternative cessation can be handwritten, the most time-efficient method of recording the gratifying data in the most practical format is with a personal health record software program which will allow the creation of dated legible typed journal entries, as well as tracking graphs which can be stored on your computer and printed out for review and/or presentation to your doctor during office visits, the latter of which might be of great value if a physician is monitoring your progress.
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