Quitting Smoking: Difficult but Not Impossible
It is incredibly difficult for a smoker to quit smoking. Smoking is like a drug dependency or substance addiction which is extremely habit forming. Another reason is because smoking has the effect of relaxing a person.
When you experience withdrawal symptoms, it makes you entertain second thoughts about quitting because it makes life harder for you because of headaches and nausea. It is a struggle for long-time smokers who have attempted to quit because of the negative effects of the removal of nicotine from the body. But don’t despair because there is hope as nothing is impossible.
Below are some tips to help you in your struggle, hoping you will succeed.
Quitting for a Reason.
Quitting smoking becomes less difficult if you have a reason to do so. This gives you the drive and motivation that will keep you going until you succeed. Good health is one of the best reasons to quit, as you yourself know that smokers are more prone to heart disease.
In this age of smartphones, monitoring your progress in quitting smoking comes in handy. You can now log in the number of cigarettes or days you have not smoked through your smartphone.
A Trend in E-cigarettes.
If you can’t quit abruptly due to severe withdrawal symptoms, then try vaping. Vaping or vaporizing substitutes e-liquid vegetable glycerin for nicotine smoke inhalation.
Nicotine replacement therapy is a means by which the body still assimilates nicotine but not through cigarette smoke. Nicotine can be ingested by chewing nicotine gum or absorbed through the skin using nicotine patches, to avoid strong withdrawal symptoms.
Quitting Inspired by Quitters.
It also helps to be with other people who are struggling to quit or who have been successful in quitting smoking. These people are there to inspire you and challenge you to quit. Their experience, their struggles, failures, and success qualifies them to be your support group to help you.
Go Stress Free!
If you can avoid stressful situations, places, and people, and find time to relax by yourself in peace and quiet, you might discover your need to smoke to decline. Whatever helps you enjoy peace and quiet, if music or going outdoors does, then spend time in it to keep your mind free from the need to smoke.
Loose Those Triggers!
Finally, find out what triggers you to light that cigarette, and avoid it whenever possible. Some people smoke after meals, but since you can’t avoid meals, avoid going to ‘smoking areas’ after meals. You may be a person who lights up a cigarette with every bottle of beer, maybe you need to give up the beer drinking as well.