This is one of our first Healthy Living Corner pieces we are taking part in, This one is aimed at tips to help people who are thinking about quitting smoking. I doubt it will be as easy as some of you may expect, so these tips may come in very handy.
Ask yourself why you want to stop smoking? Write down a list of reasons and keep them with you at all times. If you’re tempted to light up a cigarette, you should always refer to them.
Set a date when to stop completely. Although most people prefer quitting gradually by smoking fewer cigarettes each day. However, you might end up getting the same level of nicotine since you’re smoking more of each cigarette. The best idea to quit smoking is by setting a date and stopping altogether.
Tell everyone around you that you’re quitting. Family and friends will give you the support you need. Of course, if you’re living with other people who still smoke, quitting might be harder. Therefore, try to get other people in your circle who smoke to give it up as well. That way, you can make it a team effort and quit together rather than failing at doing it alone.
Remove all the smoking paraphernalia. Get rid of your cigarettes, lighters, ashtrays and everything else that might remind you of smoking.
Prepare yourself for some withdrawal symptoms. Once you quit smoking, you should experience some withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, irritability, cravings, headaches, nausea or a general ill feeling. These symptoms present themselves because of the lack of nicotine in your body, especially in the levels that it’s used to. You should experience the symptoms within a day and should subside within 2 to 4 weeks.
You should expect a smoker’s cough, which will become worse once you quit, because your airways are opening up. It might make you feel ill once you have quit smoking and you might be tempted to start all over again. You should resist this temptation as hard as you can but the cough will decrease gradually.
Avoid getting in situations that may tempt you as an individual to smoke such as drinking alcohol. In the first few weeks after you quit smoking, you should stay away from alcohol and change your normal routine as well. If you’re tempted to smoke after drinking tea or coffee, you should consider switching to water of fruit juice instead.
Don’t rush the whole process, rather you should take it one day at a time. Every day you have gone without smoking, mark it off on a calendar and look back when you feel tempted and get the motivation you need to stop smoking altogether.
Always try and maintain a positive attitude throughout the whole process. Start telling people that you don’t smoke and you will feel better about it. Even better, you will start smelling better, cough less and taste your food more. Don’t forget about the amount of money you will save once you stop buying cigarettes.
You should watch your diet once you quit smoking because your appetite is bound to increase. Stay away from fatty or sugary foods and maintain your weight.
Don’t become disheartened if you can’t stop smoking. Most people can’t quite after the first attempt. However, don’t give up completely but examine the reasons why you failed in the first place and find ways to correct the mistakes. You should know that people who have actually quite have tried doing it a few times.
If you can’t stop smoking on your own, you can always visit any Stop Smoking Clinics available on NHS since they have proven successful at helping people quit smoking. Find the nearest one and join any program that allows you to stop smoking as soon as possible. Alternatively, you can always try e-cigarettes for a while, since they are designed to appear and feel like normal cigarettes. The heating element found inside vaporizes the solution creating a vapor that appears like smoke and contains nicotine.
E-cigarettes have become common substitutes for cigarettes and work the same way as nicotine patches. Once you have weaned yourself out of cigarettes, you can stop using e-cigarettes eventually and quit altogether. Remember, you need a good support system if you want to quit smoking completely. Therefore, ask for help whenever possible to make sure you don’t fall back to