Making a decision to quit smoking can be a challenge. You may have attempted to quit smoking time and time again, but with no success. Don’t give up. You can break the addiction. You just need more options. The more options you have, the easier it is to quit. Here are 5 options you should try:
Identify Your Triggers
You may want to keep a craving journal. Write down the feeling you have after smoking. Also, write down the intensity of your cravings on a scale of one to ten. Be sure to note the time, place, and who you were with. Once you recognize your personal triggers, you can use strategies to avoid it.
Avoid Smoking Triggers
If your friends smoke, let them know that you are trying to quit. Avoid being around them while they are smoking. Also, let them know they can’t smoke in your car or home. When you are at work, take a break with nonsmokers or read a book. If you are used to smoking after a meal, try eating a snack or chewing gum. Also, try drinking non-alcoholic beverages, if alcohol is a trigger.
Cope With Withdrawal Symptoms
Withdrawal symptoms last a few days or weeks. It differs from person to person. Even though the withdrawal symptoms are unpleasant, they are temporary. Ways to cope with symptoms include taking a brisk walk, take baths, or drinking plenty of fluids. You can also use cough drops, take naps, avoid caffeine, or eat low-calorie snacks.
Pick A Day To Quit Smoking
When you choose a day to quit, it helps you to stick to your goal. It is best to pick a day the following month. This will give you enough time to plan. Let family and close friends know about your plans. Pick a day when you will be less stressed. Never do it during the holidays or when there is a family crisis. Also, never do it if you have a death in the family.
Start Cutting Back
Once you pick a day to quit, start cutting back. Don’t buy cartons at a time. If you smoke two packs a day, start smoking one pack. Then, continue to cut back until you have completely stopped smoking.
Throw Away Reminders Of Smoking
On the day that you quit, get rid of all cigarette cartons, matches, and ashtrays. Also, get rid of lighters in the house and car. It is not a good idea to have cigarette holders.
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