Want to quit smoking? Here are five easy ways to help you on your journey:
The urge for a cigarette is likely to be the strongest around people with whom you have smoked. Therefore, the first step in quitting smoking is to do a thorough clean-up in order to remove ashtrays, smoke odor, cigarettes, and all other smoke-related reminders from your house and car. However, if you live with a smoker, make sure that you aren’t there when they light up. Also, avoid gatherings that can tempt you to smoke.
To fight the craving for tobacco, give your mouth something else to do. Now, this can be anything from sugarless gums to celery, raw carrots, sunflower seeds, hard candy, or any other crunchy snack.
Typically, a craving will only last three to five minutes. Therefore, instead of jumping into action, take a deep breath, get a drink, call a friend or play a game on your phone to divert your mind from cigarette cravings.
No one’s perfect, and your path to quitting smoking won’t be either. Having a relapse doesn’t mean that you have failed the quitting attempt. So, even if you have smoked a cigarette or had a puff or two, remind yourself of the reasons you aimed to quit smoking in the first place and motivate yourself to do better this time, rather than being harsh on yourself and going back into the addiction.
With years of addiction, your routine may already have had built-in smoke breaks, which means that the cravings might hit harder during those times. In such cases, analyze your schedule, note down the trigger times, and plan ahead on how to avoid them. Also, regardless of how hard your journey to quit smoking gets, remember to stay patient during all times!