How to Quit Smoking
I’ve NEVER smoked. Ok so now you’re asking “well then, how do you know about quitting?”. For many years, I’ve helped countless smokers to quit through following my advice. I came up with a very effective plan, and now I want to share it with you.
Find your reason:
You need a powerful reason to quit. To stay motivated, choose a reason that is strong enough to override your urge to light up.
Tell family, friends and co-workers:
Let your friends and family in to your quitting plan. Ask for their support and encouragement to stop. If you can, search for a quitting-buddy so you can help each other get through the hard times.
Once you’ve ditched all your tobacco products, you need to toss out all your ashtrays and lighters too. Thoroughly clean everything that smells like smoke, even your carpets, curtains, couches and pillows. And don’t forget your car.
If you often smoke when you drink something like alcohol, tea or coffee, switch to water for a few weeks. If you usually smoke after meals, find something else to do instead such as taking a walk or brushing your teeth.
Give yourself a break:
The main reason that many people smoke is that smoking helps them to relax. You need to find new ways to de-stress. You've got lots of options: you can listen to music, treat yourself to a massage, or make time for a hobby. If you can, I recommend that you quit smoking while on holiday.
Consider using nicotine gum or pills:
The nicotine withdrawal effect can give you headaches and affect your mood when you quit. To avoid these effects and using heavy painkillers to relieve them, nicotine replacement treatments can help you out. But make sure you see a doctor before starting them.
Dieting while you’re trying to quit smoking can easily backfire. To avoid this, keep things simple and try to eat more fruits, vegetables and healthier food options.
Keep yourself active:
Think about it, you probably often smoke because you have nothing else to do. Being active can restrain your nicotine cravings and ease some withdrawal symptoms. When you start thinking about lighting one up, do some mild exercise like walking or doing ten pushups. You might also burn the calories you gained while trying to quit smoking!
When you start out on this journey, save some of the money you would otherwise have spent on cigarettes. Reward yourself by spending it on something you like, or save up for later.
Don’t give up:
Most people have to try a couple of times before completely giving up cigarettes for good. If you fail on your journey, don’t get upset or embarrassed. It happens. Use it as an opportunity to step up your quitting game. Set a new “quit date” next week or next month.
You are free to take my advice or not on how to successfully stop smoking. These are just based on my experiences. Tag your smoker friends who want to quit. Share your quitting journey with us and follow us on social media.