We all know how harmful cigarettes are not only for our lungs but for our overall health, yet many of us smoke them regularly. After all, nicotine is extremely addictive. But quitting is possible as long as you have the determination.
Here are some of the most effective ways to quit smoking.
- Find a reason to quit
Firstly, you need a reason strong enough to make you want to quit. Whether for your health or other personal reasons or to protect your friends and family from second-hand smoke, you need to find that reason that outweighs your desire for cigarettes. Without a legit, strong-enough reason, abstaining from cigarettes, especially if you have been a heavy smoker for a long time, is no easy task.
- Try Nicotine Replacement Therapy
Sudden withdrawal from nicotine, since it’s so addictive, can result in symptoms like mood swings, headaches, and lethargy. Your body has grown to be dependent on the substance and if it does not receive it, will crave even for “just one drag”. Such cravings can be curbed using Nicotine Replacement Therapy. Many pieces of research have shown that nicotine gums, patches, and lozenges can effectively help you in your attempts to quit smoking.
- Avoid places, events or people that could trigger your desire to smoke
While you are on you anti-smoking program, it is best to avoid places, events or people that could trigger your desire to pick up a cigarette and smoke again. Your urges will simply increase when you are around such triggers. For example, don’t spend too much time or avoid friends that you used to smoke with, avoid parties or bars where people are likely to smoke. It is even advisable to reduce your stress level, especially if you are someone who would pick up a cigarette and start smoking every time you are stressed about something.
- Remember to delay giving in to your urges
If at any point, you feel like you cannot control yourself any longer, which is completely normal, remember to remind yourself to wait for at least 10 minutes before you pick up a cigarette. And during those 10 minutes, distract yourself by focusing your mind and energy on something else. You could go out somewhere public, preferably a smoke-free area. Such activities may be simple, but they can be effective enough to trick your mind and derail your craving.