Most smokers would like to quit, but often don’t know how to start or go about it.
What are some of the best tips you can get to beat smoking?
Here are 7.
First, find a good, motivational reason to quit. This might involve giving yourself some ‘reward’ for quitting. Whatever the reason you need to have a feel-good, firmly-set reason for quitting smoking and go for it.
Second, prepare yourself. Remember that nicotene is an addiction and you need to check out exactly how you will go about quitting smoking by talking to professionals, getting good advice about support networks, apps and other techniques and assisting methods towards ending your addiction.
Third, know that when you stop smoking, nicotine withdrawal may give you headaches, affect your mood, or sap your energy. The craving for smoking will continue and some nicotine replacement therapy can curb these urges. Studies show that nicotine gum, lozenges, and patches improve your chances of success when you’re also in a quit-smoking program.
Four, get a good break – Once you quit, you’ll need new ways to unwind. There are a wide variety of options. You can exercise to blow off steam, tune in to your favorite music, connect with friends, treat yourself to a massage, or make time for a hobby. Try to avoid stressful situations during the first few weeks after you stop smoking.
Five – try and avoid the other ‘triggers’ like alcohol when you give up smoking. When you drink, it’s harder to stick to your no-smoking goal. So try to limit alcohol when you first quit. If you often smoke when you drink coffee, switch to tea for a few weeks. If you usually smoke after meals, find something else to do instead, like brushing your teeth, taking a walk, texting a friend, or chewing gum.
Six, Being active can curb nicotine cravings and ease some withdrawal symptoms. When you want to reach for a cigarette, put on your inline skates or jogging shoes instead. Even mild exercise helps, such as walking your dog or pulling weeds in the garden. The calories you burn will also ward off weight gain as you quit smoking.
Seven, work out the cost saving and reward yourself with some of the money you are not spending on smoking. The way to quit smoking is to actually ensure you are working towards an achievable, measurable goal.
Knowing how to quit smoking means having the right approach and looking at what you will do when you have a better, healthier life afterwards. It is well worth the effort so go for it – and succeed.