Everyone knows that smoking is harmful, both for themselves and for other people around them. However, due to the nicotine rush or the addiction, smokers find it really hard to quit smoking, even if they wish to. The article below will give readers 5 steps on how to quit smoking.
Step 1: Have a plan
Set a quitting date. If that nicotine rush pops up during working hours, then it would be easier to start quitting on the weekend. On the other hand, if you feel the urge to smoke during the weekend, or your workplace does not allow smoking, then Monday or any weekday would make a perfect day for quitting smoking.
After setting a quitting date, pay more attention to your diet, as what you consume can somewhat lessen your addiction to cigarettes and tobaccos, according to a 2012 study conducted by the University at Buffalo. Consume more fruits and vegetables; they can keep you stay cigarettes or tobaccos-free longer. In addition, according to Duke researchers, drinking milk is helpful in terms of quitting smoking, as the taste of the dairy makes it less likely for people to want to smoke.
Step 2: Don’t do it alone
If you are giving up smoking alone without the acknowledgment of your friends or your family, then you’d be more likely to continue the bad habit. Inform them your decision and ask for their support. Spend time with people who have succeeded in giving up smoking and ask for advice. Those small talks will be an incentive for you.
Step 3: Stay busy
A lot of people cannot quit smoking due to the fact that they smoke when they feel stressed out, bored, and depressed. Do not let yourself seek help from nicotine. Distract yourself by joining physical activities, which are, indeed, beneficial for your health; plus, they can also take away your negative emotions. Furthermore, breaking a sweat also boosts your feeling, your self-control, while reducing your impulsiveness to grab a cigarette or a tobacco.
Step 4: Avoid smoking triggers
Do not stay with smokers and be in smoking places for too long. They can trigger the need to smoke. Instead, spend time with non-smokers or people who have succeeded in quitting smoking. Also, throw away all of your cigarettes, tobaccos, lighters and ashtrays.
Step 5: Reward your accomplishments
Quitting smoking is not as easy as you expect. Therefore, every day goes by without grabbing a cigarette or a tobacco is a success. Take it easy, hour by hour, and remember to award yourself. With the money you usually spend on smoking, you now can spend it on another thing that fascinates you.
Quitting smoking is difficult, but it’s worth it. The longer time and the more cigarettes you smoke, the more likely that you’ll die soon from cancer. Therefore, attempt to quit smoking as soon as possible.
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Review Date: October 15, 2018 | Last Modified: October 15, 2018
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