Quitting Smoking: Difficult but Not Impossible
Smoking is a very difficult habit to break, as the experience of countless smokers would prove. The reason is because nicotine is a very addictive substance. Smoking also helps a person to relax, which makes it doubly difficult for smokers to quit.
But one other thing that makes quitting extremely difficult is its withdrawal symptoms, like, nausea, irritability, and headaches. 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. However, despite its difficulty, quitting smoking is not impossible.
Here are some thoughts to help you break that smoking habit.
Good Health: A Good Reason to Quit.
It becomes a lot less difficult to quit smoking if you are convinced it is the right thing to do. It is what you need to keep on going and to persist in quitting. Good health is one of the best reasons to quit, as you yourself know that smokers are more prone to heart disease.
Your smartphone is a very handy gadget and helpful companion as it is able to monitor your daily progress. Apps are now easily downloadable that can help you count cigarettes or days you have not smoked.
A Trend in E-cigarettes.
One of the more popular ways to slowly quit smoking is by using e-cigarettes or vaping. “Vape” which is short for vapor or vaporizer, uses e-liquid made from vegetable glycerin as its main component.
Another Way In for Nicotine.
In order to avoid severe withdrawal symptoms other means of ingesting or assimilating nicotine is applied. There are nicotine patches with adhesives to stick to your body where nicotine is absorbed through your skin, or nicotine gum which is similar to chewing tobacco
Find Group Support!
You can look for a support group that caters to smokers, similar in nature to support groups that cater to alcoholics, that can inspire you to keep going. These people are there to inspire you and challenge you to quit. But in addition to inspiring you to succeed, these are the people who are qualified to remind you of your goal or your lapses.
Find Your R&R.
Stress is one of the factors that is linked to the need to smoke, and looking for ways to avoid stressful situations and environments greatly helps in quitting smoking. Engage in activities that relax you more often, like listening to music or going outdoors.
Avoid People Who Smoke.
Whenever it is possible, avoid people or places that trigger in you that smoking habit. 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.