Quit Smoking

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Quit Smoking

Creating a smoke-free living environment for the residents of our apartment community is just a piece of the living-well approach here in NoMa.  According to the National Cancer Institute, second-hand cigarette smoke exposes us to over 7,000 different chemicals, indicating there is no safe level of exposure.  At 2M, we want only the best for our residents and the greater NoMa neighborhood, so we’ve traded smoking areas for a rooftop zen garden and a beautifully equipped fitness center.

If you have made the brave decision to quit smoking in 2014, you are not alone.  This is a popular resolution to make, but how can you make it a resolution you can keep?  We’re here to help.

 

Kick the Quitter Jitters

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While medications exist to aid in the process, there are some natural alternatives that may be worth a try first.

1)  Reap twice the resolution benefits with fruits, vegetables, juice and milk, which are not only great for you, but reportedly decrease the tastiness of cigarette smoke (kind of like drinking OJ after brushing your teeth).

2)  When performed in conjunction with the beginning of cessation attempts, the ancient Chinese practice of Acupuncture can decrease cravings and alleviate withdrawal symptoms, such as anxiety, irritability and difficulty concentrating.

3)  Meditation and hypnosis are both practices that allow participants to increase calmness and personal self-control without the use of a substance.

 

Write yourself a letter

Quit Smoking Write Yourself a Letter

Whenever we decide to make a positive change in our lives, we find ourselves full of hope and strong will.  Harness that enthusiasm and confidence in yourself by writing a letter outlining why you are quitting, why you deserve a healthier life, and what your future will look like with and without cigarettes.  In those moments when your resolve begins to weaken, use the letter to re-energize your efforts.  If there are loved ones in your life for whom you hold yourself to a higher standard, ask them to write you a letter as well.

 

Take Advantage of Positive Peer Pressure

Quit Smoking at 2M Smoke Free Apartments

When you’ve decided to kick any bad habit, surrounding yourself with the right people and environment can make all the difference in the world.  Start by announcing your intentions; your biggest supporters will make themselves known through their enthusiasm and refusal to let you veer off track.  If your everyday environments don’t line up with your new commitment, consider joining a support group or becoming part of a community of like-minded individuals.  At 2M, our smoke-free residents and environment will hold you to your commitment to become the best, healthiest version of yourself in 2014 and beyond.

2Make a Difference-Smoke-Free DC Apartments

Smoke-Free DC Apartments

Creating a smoke-free living environment for the residents of our apartment community is just a piece of the living-well approach here in NoMa.  According to the National Cancer Institute, second-hand cigarette smoke exposes us to over 7,000 different chemicals, indicating there is no safe level of exposure.  At 2M, we want only the best for our residents and the greater NoMa neighborhood, so we’ve traded smoking areas for a rooftop zen garden and a beautifully equipped fitness center.

2M was built from the ground up with the planet in mind, and you’re sure to find proof of this around every corner.  Below ground you will find electric car charging stations and cisterns for rainwater collection, at the very top you can spot our rooftop solar panels and trees, and everywhere in between you will find Energy Star appliances, energy efficient lighting, and green label certified paint and finishes.  Our goal is to create an urban oasis, a higher standard of living; creating smoke-free DC apartments is an essential part of the equation.  When you step through our doors, you can breathe easy knowing that life is just a little better here.