Quitting Smoking: Difficult but Not Impossible
Experience tells us that it is a very difficult thing for a habitual smoker to stop smoking. The reason is because nicotine is a very addictive substance. Smoking has a sedative effect on your body, helping you to relax, that’s why it isn’t easy to give up altogether.
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. But don’t despair because there is hope as nothing is impossible.
Below are some tips to help you in your struggle, hoping you will succeed.
Quitting for a Reason.
Quitting smoking becomes less difficult if you have a reason to do so. It is what you need to keep on going and to persist in quitting. Smokers are more prone to heart and lung diseases and if you are concerned about your health and the health of your family, you will find this a good reason to quit.
Monitoring your daily progress is now very reachable to you through your smartphone. Apps are now easily downloadable that can help you count cigarettes or days you have not smoked.
Vaporized E-liquid Veggie Glycerin.
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.
Another Way In for Nicotine.
Another way to avoid smoking without suffering much of its withdrawal symptoms is by applying nicotine replacement therapy. 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. One of the reasons this kind of group inspires is that all of you have gone through or are going through the same struggles. But in addition to inspiring you to succeed, these are the people who are qualified to remind you of your goal or your lapses.
Music and the Outdoors.
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. If you love listening to music or going outdoors, do more of this activity to help ease your mind.
Loose Those Triggers!
Whenever it is possible, avoid people or places that trigger in you that smoking habit. Avoid going to ‘smoking area’ after a big meal, especially when you dine out. Avoid drinking if you know that you smoke with your drink.
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