Often after the New Year we hear a bunch of talk about quitting smoking. This is a goal many make but find it hard to actually do. During my nursing career I’ve encountered the many horrific effects of smoking. It’s an addiction that carries with it long-term and life altering consequences.
I have some tips here for you if you or someone you know is wanting to make that commitment to live a smoke free life.
Ultimate Cheat Sheet to Quitting Smoking
There’s no denying that giving up cigarettes can be tough. For a lot of smokers, it can be a constant battle and the temptation to light up again can often be too hard to resist. After all, as well as the nicotine addiction, there’s also the routine and lifestyle habits that come with smoking that you need to overcome. However, with a few tips and tricks up your sleeve, you should be able to manage your cravings and beat the addiction. If you want to quit smoking for good, this ultimate cheat sheet should help.
Stop smoking treatments
Stopping smoking can be challenging at the best of times, but even more so when going it alone. Luckily, there is now a wide range of treatments available that are designed to make giving up easier. From e-cigarettes and inhalators to patches and gum, these treatments work by offering alternative sources of nicotine to control cravings and relieve withdrawal symptoms, or by making smoking less pleasurable. To increase your chances of quitting, you can get stop smoking treatments from your GP, local pharmacy or online from health specialists such as Lloyds Pharmacy.
Make a quit smoking plan
Drawing up a quit smoking plan is one of the easiest and most effective ways to boost your motivation, especially during the initial stage. Your plan should include a date on which you want to give up and it should be tailored to your specific smoking habits and goals. This can help you to prepare for the challenges you may face and help you to identify what you need to do to overcome them. Note down any triggers that make you want smoke, such as stressful work demands, being around other smokers or drinking alcohol, so that you can avoid them as much as possible. It’s also a good idea to make a list of all the reasons why you want to quit to give you a much-needed motivational boost whenever you feel the urge to pick up a cigarette.
To successfully achieve non-smoker status, you’ll also need to make a few changes to your daily habits and routines. For example, if you usually smoke on your lunch break, after you’ve eaten a meal or on your commute home from work, try to distract yourself with different activities, such as going for brisk walk, cleaning the house or phoning a friend to take your mind off your cravings. Relaxation techniques such as taking a warm bath or doing breathing exercises can also help to relieve stress, which is a well-known withdrawal symptom of nicotine.
By bearing simple tips and techniques like these in mind, you should be able to kick the habit for good and enjoy a far healthier, nicotine-free life.
If you’re looking to quitting smoking I really hope these tips will help you on your journey. Are there things you or loved ones have used to quit smoking or quit other habits? I’d love to hear your tips and I know other readers may benefit from them as well 🙂