There are so many issues with smoking and even more with quitting it.
This nasty habit doesn’t only affect you mentally; it also has a profound impact on your motoric functions. Person who has been smoking for a while is used to having something in his hands. It becomes almost a daily necessity.
Due to all of this, you need to be very careful when planning your rehabilitation.
In order to quit it, you cannot simply say “I’m done”; you need to perform a thorough preparation before you are even able to start the process. Luckily for you, it is achievable.
Here are some steps you need to take in order to finally tackle this vice.
- Start slowly
Common mistake when quitting smoking is completely quitting overnight. This is a bad practice and can quickly cause a relapse. It is really hard to break the addiction after years and years of use. Instead, try a bit slower approach.
First, go for substitutions such as e-cigarettes. This product uses vape juice which is much healthier than nicotine. At the same time, it is not addictive. So, you will have something to hold in your hand and in a way “pretend” that you’re smoking the real cigarettes. After a while you will get used to the taste and your mental addiction will slowly diminish.
- Introduce healthier food
Most smokers feel that food is unimportant for dealing with this addiction. This is very wrong.
Cigarettes simply destroy your need for food. This is one of the main reasons why smokers tend to be less healthy than regular individuals: not only are they introducing toxins into their body but they are also lacking some valuable nutrients.
In order to tackle the issue, you need to start eating better. By doing so, you will have much more energy which will also have a positive effect on your psyche. It will represent a substitution for cigarettes. For example, whenever you have the need to light a smoke, eat an apple or some other fruit. While it is not cigarette and it doesn’t have such a strong impact on brain, it will still help you feel good.
- Don’t be sad about relapses
Quitting is hard no matter what we’re talking about. Relapses will happen and you need to be prepared for them.
Here is the issue that most smokers are facing: once they relapse once or twice they start thinking that they’ve lost and they throw the towel. This is a completely negative mentality.
Relapses will happen often. Even if you one day manage to quit, you might light a cigarette from time to time. The main purpose of quitting is to slowly reduce the smokes while hoping to completely quit one day. Don’t be negative if you relapse; even if you reduce the number of cigarettes per day, you are still wining.
- Get a dog
It is known that dogs have almost therapeutic effect on people. But this isn’t the main reason why you’re getting one.
People who smoke tend to do it out of boredom. They also smoke as they are used to having something in their hands. Dogs can counter both of these things as they are a big time investment. You will also have to walk your dog all the time which will force you to go out more often. Although you can smoke while walking a dog, you might slowly start disregarding this.
Dog is companionship that might prove to be just the right thing for you.
- Ask for help
As they say, pride comes before the fall. Do not be proud!
Ask for help and if possible, attend smoker group. Getting a feedback can be valuable (regardless of what you think) and might provide additional strength for you. There is another reason why you should do it: it will force you to go out and socialize which is great way to quit.
If you wish to quit smoking you need to change a lot of things in your life – become more active, eat healthier and get a hobby. Even though this might seem a lot, with these steps you won’t even need cigarettes.