Have you ever tried to quit smoking but just couldn't do it? With the Great American Smokeout coming up the third Thursday in November, there's never been a better time to put your cigarette down.
Very few smokers are unaware of a lot of the staggering health problems associated with their daily smoking habit. Smoking tobacco is the single largest cause of death and illness in the world. But even though it can be extremely difficult to quit, it's not impossible. Here are a few tips to get you started.
There’s no one way to quit your smoking habit. Whether you’re looking to stop smoking gradually or you’re diving right in, one of these options might be right for you!
Most people who are dealing with a smoking addiction choose certain moments to light up. It can be in front of the television, as a ritual with their morning coffee, or while waiting for someone. Some people smoke when they're bored or stressed. Identify your own personal situation and be aware when you smoke a cigarette.
If you want to quit smoking cigarettes, it’s important to plan how to avoid these pitfalls. Decide on something else you can do that you can enjoy without sacrificing your health. For example, keeping your hands and mind busy with a Rubick's cube or video game might give you a mental break. You could also turn your usual cigarette break into a gum break or water break.
It might seem far-fetched, but getting a bit of exercise can help reduce tobacco cravings' intensity. Consider getting outside for a run or even a hike so you can focus on something else. You may even want to try a little meditation or yoga to clear your mind and stay on target.
People struggle with quitting smoking because their brain kind of tricks them into cravings in certain situations. If you've had a cigarette with every morning coffee for a couple of years, your cravings will be especially strong in this situation as you associate coffee with cigarettes unconsciously. So you might find it easier when you drink tea instead for a little while. Or you could try something else with your coffee, like a delicious pastry.
It’s hard to stop smoking, especially if you’re on your own. That’s why it’s important to enlist friends, family, and even a support group so you have help in the more difficult times. With plenty of online resources, there are people out there that can provide tips to help you quit cigarettes! Use FamilyApp to ask loved ones to help you and keep you accountable to reach your goals.
If you’ve thought about quitting, there’s a good chance you’ve heard about nicotine patches and gum. Fortunately, there’s more than one option when it comes to nicotine replacement. These include nasal spray, lozenges, and medications that assist by giving the body steady doses of nicotine.
When you quit smoking, It’s very easy to get sidetracked by a craving. So make sure you remember the benefits. In addition to saving money, you’re doing something really good for your health! Remind yourself of this a couple of times a day so you don’t give in to old habits.
Even though it's tough to quit, it helps to think about all of the benefits once you stop smoking. According to health professionals, smoking cessation is one of the easiest ways to a healthier life! Here are a few of the health benefits of a smoke-free lifestyle.
Do you have any other tips to quit smoking? Tell your friends and loved ones on your favorite family app!