by Kahlia Meeuwsen, Lifestyle Columnist
Published in Lifestyle on 23rd November, 2018
It's hard to quit smoking, but that doesn't mean it can't be done! There are plenty of ways to get through the withdrawals and move towards a life of feeling a whole lot better. While you may not know it, there are so many resources out there that you can make use of!
Here, we're going to take a look into the effects of smoking on your health, benefits to quitting as well as 20 tips that you can use to make sure you stay smoke-free. Read through them carefully, pick up the ones that will be most useful to you and give it your all!
It's hard to miss the billboards, advertisements and more designed to let us know just how nasty smoking cigarettes can be for our health. Consequently, more and more people are making the move to step away from the habit to allow themselves healthier lives.
Although it isn't an easy task, quitting cigarettes is something that is entirely possible and will provide some fantastic benefits for your health. Employing the right strategies can ensure that you can leave the habit in the past, feel better and save a decent amount of money in the process of quitting.
One of the largest benefits out there is that quitting the habit of smoking can decrease the possibility of getting lung cancer later in life. This is a rather serious form of cancer, which can deeply effect you as well as your loved ones, so it's better to try to avoid!
In addition, quitting gets you out of the cycle of addiction and can leave you with lowered cholesterol, better memory and a cleaner mouth. It can also help to ensure that you can continue to be their for your friends and loved ones for as long as possible.
There are many tips and tactics that you can make use of when you're trying to remove cigarettes from your life. You may have heard of many of these before, but there's a reason they are so prominent. The common tips tend to be the most successful in helping people to get away from the habit.
We know that smoking can be a tough habit to break! That's why we're providing 20 tips to help you with getting past the withdrawal and onto the other side in one piece, and feeling better than before you started!
When you're trying to stop a habit without something to replace it with, the process can become that much more difficult. That's why it's a good idea to have something else you can do when you're feeling the craving. Some choose to get physical, while others use either normal or nicotine gum to help with avoiding the temptation to go out for one more "last cigarette".
Did you know the act of procrastination can actually work for you? When you feel the urge to smoke coming on, just tell yourself to wait 10 more minutes. Eventually, you'll forget you were waiting and move onto something else. It's a great way to get that impulse back in line when it's begging you to engage in a habit you're trying to quit.
Distractions are a great way to avoid smoking. When you're feeling the need, distract yourself with something else. Ideally, this would be a productive distraction like a new hobby, but in some cases resorting to video games, YouTube videos or anything else that can hold your attention is necessary. The best distraction for you is truly up to you to decide.
Remember that quitting means quitting. Having "just one" will only make the process more difficult. So not matter how tempting it is, avoid allowing your cravings to get the best of you. Once you've decided you're done for good, get rid of any remaining cigarettes and make it harder for yourself to get any more. More work means you may be less likely to try to sneak just one more smoke break in.
For some of us, pressure from others is going to be more useful than making a promise to yourself. Bring in someone else, or multiple people, to check in with you and make sure you haven't given in. You can even reach out for people who will be willing to give you pep talks and reminders as to why you're quitting, and why you should stay the course.
If you tend to smoke when you drink, take a break from drinking. The same is true for anything else that might trigger you to be more susceptible to the craving. That doesn't mean you have to stop the trigger activities forever (unless you want to), but just until you've gotten a handle on the cravings to smoke and they'll be less likely to become a problem.
The act of quitting the smoking habit can start to create positive effects in your body almost immediately. These benefits can include lowering cholesterol and decreasing the possibility of heart disease. Remembering all of these benefits can be very helpful in keeping yourself motivated enough to quit for good, as hard as it may be!
There are so many people out there who want to help you on your path to letting go of the habit of smoking. So much so, that there's even a phone line you can call when you're having a hard time avoiding the craving. Feel free to use the number at 1-800-QUIT-NOW whenever you need it for coaching, especially when friends and family may not be available to help!
You can compound the benefits of doing away with cigarettes by using exercise to get through the cravings. Instead of smoking, going for a walk, doing yoga, lifting weights or doing any other kind of exercise you enjoy is a great way to improve your overall health. In time, you're sure to find that you're not only released from the addiction, but also enjoying positive new lifestyle changes!
Some choose to gradually taper down the number of cigarettes they have per day while others choose to simply pick a day and stop altogether. When you're deciding on the strategy for you, it's best to think about what will actually work for permanent results. Don't focus on trying to show off your will power, but instead what will be most effective in the long run.
You're not the only one out there who is looking to get away from cigarettes! Whether it's online or in your local area, a support group can be a great way to help others and share the problems of addiction that others may not understand. You can help to keep one another strong, and provide connections that can keep you accountable.
There are a variety of therapy options that you can use to aid in your journey to stop smoking. These can include seeing a psychologist or psychiatrist, acupuncture, hypnosis, group therapy, or even groups for yoga or meditation. Whatever you believe will work the best for you is an option worth trying. It really can't hurt to try out!
It's perfectly okay to admit to yourself that quitting is hard. If it were easy, then there wouldn't be so many products and groups out there designed to help. People would simply quit whenever they want to. However, just because it's hard doesn't mean it's impossible. It just means that it can be worthwhile to keep your expectations in check, and remember that you're only human.
Though at times it may not seem like it, the cravings will end. It's just a matter of getting through the period of time where your mind and body are suffering from the symptoms of withdrawal. After that period has passed, you'll feel much better, and cigarettes will be a thing of the past. Just keep reminding yourself that there is light on the other side of the tunnel.
Many people can go through the process of trying to quit multiple times before it finally sticks. While it's best to try to quit completely and finally the first time, don't beat yourself up if it takes more than one attempt. It is an addiction, and you're only human. Being cruel to yourself about it won't make the process any easier, and it will leave you feeling worse about yourself.
Try to change your view of what cigarettes mean to you. If you can convince yourself that they are gross, unhealthy and unwanted, quitting will be that much easier. It's natural that they may have become a crutch and maybe even something you view positively. However, changing your mind about them can be a very helpful way to put a stop to the cravings.
When you're making a larger change in your life, it can feel like you need to do it in exactly the right way. While there are some tips that are tried-and-true, there is no one exactly correct way to quit smoking. Different tactics will work better or worse depending on the person using them. So try not to worry too much about doing it "right" and just do it the best you can.
Nourish your body outside the concept of ceasing smoking. Eat healthy, sustaining foods and drink plenty of water. The better you're feeling, the easier it will be to tackle the mental and emotional cravings that can come with the addiction. Getting regular exercise can also be a great way to keep your body in top shape.
Make a list of your reasons for quitting and keep it with you. This can include some of the health-related benefits you can receive as well as personal reasons like seeing your children grow up, meeting grandchildren or really anything else that motivates you to stop the habit.
Decide the day you're going to start decreasing your cigarettes per day, or the day you're quitting altogether. Make sure you have a list of things you can do to take your mind off the craving when needed, and strategies for the physical annoyances that can occur as a result of the withdrawal.
Prepare as much as you possibly can before quitting, so that you'll have easy options to turn to when the addiction is hitting hard. That way, you won't have to think as much about what to do in the moment.