Quitting Smoking: Difficult but Not Impossible
It is incredibly difficult for a smoker to quit smoking. Smoking is like a drug dependency or substance addiction which is extremely habit forming. Smoking also helps a person to relax, which makes it doubly difficult for smokers to quit.
But quitting smoking is also difficult because it brings about withdrawal symptoms, that is, headaches, nausea, and mild irritation because your blood nicotine level has been depleted. Those who have attempted to quit experience an intense struggle because the body needs to adjust to the absence of nicotine in the bloodstream. However, despite its difficulty, quitting smoking is not impossible.
Below are some tips to help you in your struggle, hoping you will succeed.
It becomes a lot less difficult to quit smoking if you are convinced it is the right thing to do. Success is often determined by ones drive and motivation to keep going despite setbacks. A good reason to quit is good health, as most of us know that smoking contributes a lot to poor health.
In this age of smartphones, monitoring your progress in quitting smoking comes in handy. You can now log in the number of cigarettes or days you have not smoked through your smartphone.
A Trend in E-cigarettes.
One of the more popular ways to slowly quit smoking is by using e-cigarettes or vaping. “Vape” which is short for vapor or vaporizer, uses e-liquid made from vegetable glycerin as its main component.
In order to avoid severe withdrawal symptoms other means of ingesting or assimilating nicotine is applied. Nicotine can be ingested by chewing nicotine gum or absorbed through the skin using nicotine patches, to avoid strong withdrawal symptoms.
Find Group Support!
You can look for a support group that caters to smokers, similar in nature to support groups that cater to alcoholics, that can inspire you to keep going. These people are there to inspire you and challenge you to quit. Of all people, they are the ones who know what you’re going through.
Find Your R&R.
Stress is one of the factors that is linked to the need to smoke, and looking for ways to avoid stressful situations and environments greatly helps in quitting smoking. Whatever helps you enjoy peace and quiet, if music or going outdoors does, then spend time in it to keep your mind free from the need to smoke.
Loose Those Triggers!
Finally, find out what triggers you to light that cigarette, and avoid it whenever possible. Avoid going to ‘smoking area’ after a big meal, especially when you dine out. If you discover that you smoke whenever you have a drink, it is good to also avoid drinking.