There is no doubt that quitting is hard. You may find this cheat sheet helpful while you are starting your quit smoking timeline. Perhaps, among these tips are useful towards your success in quitting.
- Throw all cigarette paraphernalia like ashtrays, lighters or matches, and of course cigarettes.
- When the craving to smoke arrives, take a deep breath, hold it for 10 seconds and slowly release it. In short, do a basic breathing exercise when you feel to smoke.
- Perform regular exercise. Doing light exercises on a daily basis help relieve stress, which is one of the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal.
- Instead of smoking, use substitutes such as cinnamon stick, lemon drops, sugarless gum or carrots.
- Eat 3 meals daily and avoid spicy foods, which triggers the urge to smoke.
- Avoid daily routines that remind of smoking, or at least change to something which do not relate to smoking. For example, play solitaire during break at work, instead of smoking.
- Drinking enough amounts of water helps cleanse nicotine addiction and turn it into urine. Also, avoiding coffee and alcohol help stop the cravings.
- Keep your hands busy on things, instead of holding a cigarette.
- When socializing, spend most of the time with people who are not smokers.
- Brushing teeth on a regular basis gets rid the smell of cigarette, which helps avoid cravings to smoke. Furthermore, have a dentist clean your teeth to get rid of the bad breath as a result of smoking.
- When deciding to quit, tell your friends, family and colleagues. Ask them to help and support fulfill the quit smoking timeline.
- Every day that passed by without a cigarette, congratulate yourself. This helps develop self-confidence and increase the chances of being successful quitting.
- Decide which options to take in quitting, instant or gradual, and know the possible symptoms associated in quitting. Doing this helps you prepare your mind and body.
- If someone within the family smokes, encourage him or her to quit. This eliminates any cigarette temptation at home.
- Get enough rest every day, this prevents stress and helps eliminate the urge to smoke.
- Have a regular checkup with your doctor, in case prolonged symptoms of nicotine withdrawal occur.
- Find quit smoking support group online or at your local community.
- Consider the use of medical options of quitting. A lot of people are successful using medical options, which are available over the counter and some are prescribed.
- Defeat the habit of getting used to holding a cigarette, have a handful of peanut instead.
- Try a combination of medical options of quitting along with natural therapy such as hypnosis, acupuncture and acupressure.
Hope these tips will be able to help in your journey towards becoming a non-smoker. Quitting is difficult, but if you are determined and willing to reach that goal of quitting, you can do it.
If you have relapse, that does not mean you fail. Simply pick up where you fall, get up and start over. Remember, nobody is a failure until one accept it as reality.