We all know that Smoking is horrible for the skin. So here are some tips and tricks to kick the habit

Cigarette smoke contains carbon monoxide, which displaces the oxygen in your skin, and nicotine, which reduces blood flow, leaving skin dry and discolored. Cigarette smoking also depletes many nutrients, including vitamin C, which helps protect and repair skin damage.

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1) Eliminate triggers. Clean your home of all the items that make you think of smoking, Ash trays, lighters, air freshners, etc.. when you think about smoking the cravings can be pretty strong.

2) Give it time. The desire to smoke won’t disappear overnight and the first seven to 10 days will probably be the hardest.

3) Slip-ups are OK. Nobody is perfect and your path to quitting might not be either. Having a puff or smoking a cigarette or two doesn’t have to mean you’re done with this quit attempt.

4) Wait it out. A craving to smoke only lasts three to five minutes, whether you smoke or not.

5) Plan for situations that make you want to smoke. There are certain stressors and environments that can trigger a smoking craving. For example, being at a party and drinking alcohol makes many smokers want a cigarette.

6) Rework your routine. Your schedule may have had built in smoke breaks and cravings can hit especially hard at those times. Know when these times are and what your triggers are, then make a plan to avoid them.

7) Be patient with yourself. There is no room for self-blame or feelings of guilt when you are quitting smoking. If you do start smoking again, don’t think of that as a failure. You are still learning to quit. Figure out what led to your relapse and plan on what to do differently next time.

8) Keep Trying. It may take some time or a few practice quits, but you have the power to break this addiction. Keep trying until you find the right combination of techniques for you and you will be able to quit smoking for good.

You can do this! And if you need support along the way, call the toll-free Lung HelpLine at 1-800-LUNGUSA to speak with a certified smoking cessation counselor. 


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credit american lung association 


Are you looking for balance?

1. Value yourself:

Treat yourself with kindness and respect, and avoid self-criticism. Make time for your hobbies and favorite projects, or broaden your horizons. Do a daily crossword puzzle, plant a garden, take dance lessons, learn to play an instrument or become fluent in another language.

2. Take care of your body:

Taking care of yourself physically can improve your mental health. Be sure to:

  • Eat nutritious meals
  • Avoid cigarettes
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Exercise, which helps decrease depression and anxiety and improve moods
  • Get enough sleep. Researchers believe that lack of sleep contributes to a high rate of depression in college students.

3. Surround yourself with good people:

People with strong family or social connections are generally healthier than those who lack a support network. Make plans with supportive family members and friends, or seek out activities where you can meet new people, such as a club, class or support group.

4. Give yourself:

Volunteer your time and energy to help someone else. You’ll feel good about doing something tangible to help someone in need — and it’s a great way to meet new people.

5. Learn how to deal with stress:

Like it or not, stress is a part of life. Practice good coping skills: do Tai Chi, exercise, take a nature walk, play with your pet or try journal writing as a stress reducer. Also, remember to smile and see the humor in life. Research shows that laughter can boost your immune system, ease pain, relax your body and reduce stress.

6. Quiet your mind:

Try meditating, mindfulness and/or prayer. Relaxation exercises and prayer can improve your state of mind and outlook on life. In fact, research shows that meditation may help you feel calm and enhance the effects of therapy.

7. Set realistic goals:

Decide what you want to achieve academically, professionally and personally, and write down the steps you need to realize your goals. Aim high, but be realistic and don’t over-schedule. You’ll enjoy a tremendous sense of accomplishment and self-worth as you progress toward your goal.

8. Break up the monotony:

Although our routines make us more efficient and enhance our feelings of security and safety, a little change of pace can perk up a tedious schedule. Alter your jogging route, plan a road-trip, take a walk in a different park, hang some new pictures or try a new restaurant.

9. Avoid alcohol and other drugs:

Keep alcohol use to a minimum and avoid other drugs. Sometimes people use alcohol and other drugs to “self-medicate” but in reality, alcohol and other drugs only aggravate problems.

10. Get help when you need it:

Seeking help is a sign of strength — not a weakness. And it is important to remember that treatment is effective. People who get appropriate care can recover from mental illness and addiction and lead full, rewarding lives.

Credit: University of Michigan Health Services


It seems like this year, the cold and flu has been going around right! There are easy ways to boost your immunity and decrease your chances of getting a cold or flu.

1. Wash your hands! this is your first line of defense… You should do this for at least 20 seconds.

2. Sleep!  Its best to get more then 7 hours of sleep , ideally 8!

3. Eat immunity boosting foods. Chickens soup, garlic, salmon, ginger, yogurt, and even sweet potatos

4. Hydrate your body! bodies are made up of 60% water, and we need these fluids to carry nutrients throughout our bodies.

5. Don’t Stress! meditate, do what you can do release the stress from your body. I personally love yoga or walking my dogs with my headphones.

6. Disinfect, grab a can of disinfectant and do your door knobs, bathrooms, sinks, etc

7. Don’t play with your face, you can spread germs from touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

8. essential oils, Lemon, peppermint, lavender, and tea tree can be inhaled throughout the day to help prevent illness.

9. Lessen your work load. Packed schedules, partying, and traveling are sure ways to over do it and get sick

10.  Take pro-biotics, gut  health is extremely important for your overall health.