How Do You Quit Smoking For Good?
Although Smoking is Addictive, Like Drugs and Alcohol, it Can Be Treated, But Only If You Are Willing
Why do you smoke? Smoking is a habit that is not hard to develop but hard to kick. Smokers have different reasons why they took that initial puff:
- Media influence.
- Peer pressure.
You just didn’t wake up one day and lit your first cigarette. And unless you had a health condition that made you intolerant of cigarette smell of smoke, you became hooked on the taste and smell. Now, you feel relaxed and relieved of your tension with every stick you consume.
Cigarettes have a subtle drugging effect that is a milder version of what alcohol and other drugs have on your body. Although smoking is a feel-good habit, it is a fact that it can kill you in one way or another.
Only a fool would put his lips at the other end of a burning fire. Stop being a fool.
So, what is the best approach to quitting smoking?
First, ask yourself why
This may sound ridiculous, but before you work on any goal like quitting smoking, you need to ask yourself why you are doing it. Of course, the underlying reason might be to take care of your health, but go way past that and list down what exactly you want to achieve. Is it because you promised your partner (which wouldn’t be a good enough reason) or because the doctor told you so? Whatever it is, your purpose should be clear and compelling enough for you to start off on the right foot.
It is best to do some research about on smoking and quitting it. This will give you a better understanding of what lies ahead of you.
Set your goals
Although there is no hard-and-fast rule involved, you should know what goals will work for you. Get in touch with your doctor or any available local health agency that can present the treatment options to include in your plan. It is important to be specific when it comes to target dates and milestones, especially if you plan to wean your intake instead of doing an abrupt halt.
Know your options
Quitting is likely to be difficult, so it is worthwhile to try and see which treatment option will work for you. If you’re not satisfied with one, move on to another until you find the most effective treatment choice. Usually, you can combine it with nicotine-craving suppressants, focus, and discipline to complete the cure.
Know your triggers and take steps to avoid them
You should stay away from the triggers that tempt you to light a stick. These include hanging out with smokers, a sight of a cigarette adverts, etc. Remove from sight or throw away your ashtrays, lighters, and matchsticks. These are obvious reminders of your old habit. By being ahead of these “dangers,” you can train your mind to work around the situation without giving in to temptation.
Learn to deal with cravings and nicotine withdrawal signs
The initial phase of your quitting process generally brings unpleasant feelings. You are likely to feel grumpy, tensed, and irrationally nervous. You may also find it hard to sleep deeply or concentrate. Do not worry because these withdrawal symptoms are only temporary, particularly if you take on medication prescribed by your physician. Munch on healthy food like celery sticks or carrots, but avoid channeling your energy to bringing on junk-food. The stage will soon pass if you’re patient enough to stick to your goal.
What if you relapse?
Should you relapse, go back to square. Perhaps your reasons for quitting are not compelling and authentic enough for you to want to make changes in your life. Nobody should decide about quitting but you. Go back to your ‘whys’ and assess why you slipped in the first place. You have to be conscious about these things and adjust your goals accordingly.
Quitting smoking is not a walk in the park. Rather, it is a long process of healing before you can safely say that you’re officially nicotine-free. However, it’s a goal that is easy to realize if you embrace your reasons for quitting and value living a longer and better-quality life.
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