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How to Stop Smoking in 4 simple steps

Everyone is very well aware of the hazardous effects of smoking, and also how difficult it is to quit smoking

“Smoking is Injurious to health”, reads every packet of cigarette and is even put on display in movies, videos, hoardings etc etc. What no one talks about is How to quit smoking actually?

Here we are with a few steps to help those who are trying to quit smoking:

1. Make a plan

Planning will make it easier to quit smoking. Select a date when you’d be completely quitting and stick to it. Till then make a journal and record your smoking habits, like when you smoked, where were you then, with whom were you, what were you doing and how were you feeling then. This will help you to get a better understanding of your smoking habits.

2. On the 'Big Day'

When the date you decide comes, you have to quit cigarette all at once. Best way to do is to keep yourself busy. Clean up all the places where you smoke, throw away any matchbox, lighters, packets of cigarettes or ashtrays. You can also try these:

  • Physical exercise or going for a walk
  • Chewing bubble gum
  • Drinking lots of water, avoid aerated drinks and caffeine however
  • Go to a movie or shopping
  • Spend time with non-smoking friends 

3. Avoiding Smoking Triggers

There are certain triggers that lead to the urge to smoking, like when in stress, with certain friends, at certain place, after eating heavy meals etc. You can get a hang of your triggers by looking at the journal that you maintained after deciding the date of quitting. Try to avoid all your triggers, especially in the initial days.

4. Think Positive

It is very difficult to quit smoking. It does require much effort and willpower. You have to keep reminding yourself that to quit is a wise decision and that you want to lead a healthier life. Note that your first day without cigarettes can be a little disturbing and difficult to manage. But that will go away gradually and you’ll start feeling better and healthier once you are out of it.

You can also inform your friends and smoke buddies about your decision to quit smoking and ask them to co-operate with you.

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The truth about pornography

You might think that pornography is harmless, read on to find out how it affects your perspective towards sex and relationships
Nishtha JunejaTeentalkindia Content Writer

Have you ever wondered why porn is often viewed in secret? Why does every discussion about pornography conveyed in hushed whispers. Let’s try to understand the psychology of porn:

Blue films used as stimulants

Many teenagers discover porn during adolescence. It is exciting and new. Many teens use it as a stimulant to masturbate. This can become addictive. Slowly, teens make excuses to avoid social gatherings or homework to watch porn videos. It starts to take over their lives.

According to Dr Rajan Bhonsle, sexologist, these are the four stages of pornography:

1.Addiction: When a teen is addicted to watching porn videos every day and finds ways to watch porn on a regular basis.

2.Escalation: Over time, addicts require more explicit material to meet their sexual needs.

3.Desensitisation: What was first perceived as gross, shocking and disturbing, in time becomes common and acceptable.

4. Acting out sexually: There is an increasing tendency to act out behaviours viewed in pornography.

However, this can pose a serious concern in the later stages of their lives. There might be a possibility when teens would want to imitate porn stars. Sex in an intimate romantic relationship or marriage is not like a porn movie.

“Research has shown that pornography and its messages are involved in shaping attitudes and encouraging behaviour that can harm individuals and their families. In addition, pornography promotes the allure of adultery, prostitution and unreal expectations that can result in dangerous promiscuous behaviour,” according to Rajan Bhonsle.

Tips on getting rid of the addiction of watching porn videos by Teentalk India Expert Kshitija Sawant:

1.Sex Education is essential. Whenever, you get the opportunity to attend courses, programs or seminars on sex education, please do so as it will give you some realistic, insights on the concept of sex and reproduction.

2. Knowledge is Power: Once you have the required knowledge, you will come to realize that sex is appropriate in what kind of situations and inappropriate in certain other situations. It is not something that is ‘dirty’ but instead something that needs to be accepted as a way of living life.

3. Additional recreation is a must: As a teenager, it is important for you to channelize your energies by taking up a sport or a favourite past time activity like creative writing, dancing, painting to name a few.

4. Everyone time you find yourself feeling the urge to watch porn, relax, take a few deep breaths and meditate. This will help you to calm down and appreciate what nature has to offer you.




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