Some believe that stopping smoking is as simple as trashing their tobacco products and using sheer willpower to beat back cravings. There’s nothing wrong with using willpower to help you stop smoking. However, quitting doesn’t require superhuman strength–you can have an easier time quitting than you may think. Plenty of techniques can assist you in trying to quit smoking.
1. Make a gym membership part of your quitting plan. Your health will improve and, more importantly, you will give yourself something instead of smoking to occupy your time. You can experience great stress relief through exercise. A lack of an exercise routine in your life means taking your time and beginning with short measured increments of activity. Speak to your physician before beginning an exercise routine.
2. To keep off the weight gain normally associated with stopping smoking, gear your diet away from sweets, and towards fruits and vegetables. These healthy snacks can help you maintain a steady weight. Eating a healthy diet will keep your mind focused and reduce your unhealthy cravings as you readjust to your life without cigarettes.
3. Smoking has a very strong associations with some activities, and avoiding these situations can help you stop smoking. A couple of examples are like if you smoke after you eat a meal, with your morning coffee, reading the paper, etc. You have to identify these triggers and develop a plan to cope.
4. Smoking cigarettes is expensive and If you quit smoking you will save lots of money. Think about what you can buy or do for yourself with this money. Maybe consider rewarding yourself for being able to quit. Thinking about something special that you may want, can help motivate you to set a goal to quit. If you are a smoker, you should keep track of how much money you spend on tobacco. Sometimes we do not realize how much we are spending on certain items because we pay for them a little at a time, but it adds up quickly.
5. One of the most deadly chemicals found in cigarettes smoke is carbon monoxide (CO). Carbon monoxide is an odorless and colorless gas. Burning cigars, cigarettes and pipes all produce carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide takes the place of oxygen in your blood. The body needs oxygen to survive and anything that decreases the amount of oxygen causes strain on the heart and body. Over time, the heart has to work harder to deliver oxygen. This puts smokers at a great risk for having heart attacks. The good news if that it last as only a short time in our body. Your body can eliminate carbon monoxide within two to three days AFTER you quit smoking.l
6. So, what about smoking “light” cigarettes? Well cigarettes companies use words like ‘light’, ‘extra light’, ‘ultra light’, and ‘mild’ on cigarettes packs. These are made so that people would assume that ‘light’ cigarettes are not as harmful. They are suppose to contain less tar and nicotine than regular brands. However, people who smoke light cigarettes usually breathe more deeply, smoke more often and will cover up the tiny ventilation holes in the filter with their fingers. But what really happens…the smoker ends up with the same amounts of dangerous chemicals from ‘light’ cigarettes as they would from a ‘regular’ brand.
This post provided you with an overview of some of the most common and most effective techniques for stopping smoking. It is completely unrealistic for you to think that you will not feel tempted to smoke once you have quit, but you should have the ability to quit more easily with the help of the tips you found here.
Take Good Care!