28 Oct 7 Effective Ways to Quit Smoking
Congratulations on your decision to quit smoking! But remember this isn’t possible without strong determination. The urge to have a puff will come and go, but you need to handle your cravings. If you really want to quit smoking then you need to make a few changes in your lifestyle that can help you resist the temptation of lighting up another cigarette.
Here are the 7 ways that help you quit smoking and lead a healthy, smoke-free life:
1. Set a quit date
Make a promise to yourself, set a “quit date” and try to stick to it. You can exclude occasions like party, wedding day, birthday etc. Write a quit date agreement which must include your signature and start following it.
2. Recognize your smoking triggers
The people who smoke have some triggers. Identifying your triggers will help you in controlling your temptation of lighting up a cigarette. You won’t be able to ignore all the triggers altogether at an initial stage but after a few days, you’ll be able to find few ways that can help you hand the smoke triggers. Smoke triggers that increases your cravings are:
- After finishing a meal
- After sexual intercourse
- While drinking alcohol
- Hanging out with your smoker friends
- Watching TV, etc.
So recognize your triggers and find a way to curb the cravings.
3. Keep yourself busy
Cravings last for five or six minutes hardly but before you give up, make a list of 5-minute strategies in which you can indulge yourself. Try out these activities:
- Have a big glass of water
- Go out for a run/walk
- Get some caffeine in your system (drink some coffee)
- Try nicotine gum or patch
- Do some yoga or breathing exercises
- Play your favorite game or listen to your favorite music to distract your mind.
4. Appreciate yourself for staying smoke-free
Staying smoke-free is a great achievement, so you must reward yourself. You must be saving some extra money as you’re not buying cigarettes anymore, reward yourself with a small treat with that extra savings.
5. Change your routine
One of the common trigger to smoking is boredom. It’s easy to reach for a cigarette when you’re looking for something to do. Replace your unhealthy habits with healthy habits. Go for walk/ jogging, develop a new hobby or join any dance class, etc. if you’re in a habit of having a puff after you finish your meal then change your meal time and leave the table immediately once the meal is done. Changing your routine in small ways will definitely help you stay smoke-free.
6. Get some professional help
You can consult your local physician or clinic and ask them to recommend you for addiction therapy, counseling, hypnosis, sober living etc.
7. Be positive and start again
Some people have to try numerous times to quit smoking before they succeeded. It is highly likely that you’ll relapse within the first three months of quitting cigarettes but don’t be disheartened and plan to quit again. With a growing number of months of abstinence, you’ll eventually be able to kick this habit once for all. Be positive and keep motivating yourself.
Desires will come and go. But it’s always best to keep a check on your cravings. Figure out what works best for you and kick this nasty habit of smoking for good. Start having a healthy diet and begin exercising. Never give up and celebrate when you achieve your weekly, monthly or yearly goals of staying smoke-free.