If you have already tried to quit smoking, then you know that it’s not that simple
Are you trying to give up smoking for health reasons or to save money, or because of the upcoming smoking ban, here are 10 tips to help you:
1. If you have already tried to quit smoking, then you know that it’s not quite that simple. To begin with you have to be determined in your intention. This might seem obvious, but if you try to quit smoking only in order to a make someone happy (partner, family), then is less likely that you will succeed. Only you have to be sure that you want to quit smoking.
2. List of the reasons why you want to quit smoking will help. Think about the effects of smoking on your health and the health of people around you, the financial impact or other. Here are some reasons that you should keep in mind:
Current reasons for smoking cessation:
– Bad breath and yellow teeth
– Stinking clothes, hair and skin
– Reduced physical capabilities
– Faster heart rate and high blood pressure
– Endangers non-smokers around you
– Price of cigarettes
Long-term reasons for smoking cessation:
– Toxic chemicals in cigarette smoke
– The risk of developing lung cancer and other cancers
– Risk of Heart Disease
– Respiratory problems
– The risk of heartburn and ulcer
– Risk of Gum Disease
– In pregnant women the risk for a child
Write in detail the reasons why you want to quit smoking and keep that list so that you can read if you want to light a cigarette. To fully understand why you smoke, take note of when and why you smoked a cigarette. This information can help with quitting.
3. Exactly how much you spend on cigarettes. How much it cost this habit? How many daily, weekly, monthly and even yearly you spend on cigarettes? You will be amazed how much money you smoked it. Keep in mind what else you could afford with all that money.
4. Note when you will miss most the smoking (e.g, after a meal, at certain times of the day, with coffee …). This is how you can prepare and even planning something for this time not to think of cigarettes. For example, after a meal, you can go for a walk instead of smoke.
5. After you have prepared yourself, ask for support. Tell friends and family that you need their help. Also ask your family doctor to help you in your quest. You’ll be amazed how much it will mean this support. Get yourself some small rewards. For example, treat yourself with some of the money that you spent on cigarettes.
6. Stop smoking day after day. Do not think about how you are going to quit smoking forever. Instead, you say, “Today I will not smoke” and this will much easier to endure. Then repeat the same tomorrow and the week will pass in no time.
7. Do you have a girlfriend or a friend who also wants to quit smoking, try it together. Do not compete, but you’ll be support to one another and help in crisis situations.
8. When you feel a great need for a cigarette, do something to take your mind off it. Try to take a piece of gum or nuts in order to have something in your mouth (or avoid sweets) and drink plenty of water and fruit juice.
9. From the house remove anything that you could bring into temptation. Do not leave boxes of cigarettes around, remove all ashtrays and anything else related to cigarettes (cigarette lighter, matches, etc.).
10. Try to stop smoking when you know that you will not be overstressed. Select the week when you’re on vacation or when you will be at home in a calm atmosphere. Also, if the cigarettes were a means of relaxation for you during stressful periods, try to find other ways to combat stress. Relax walk, a hot bath or breathing techniques.