Not only does smoking increase the risk of strokes, heart diseases, depression, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s but, it also affects memory and mental capacity. Overall, smoking is bad for your health; unfortunately, it can be quite a challenge to give it up. The nicotine from the cigarettes is the one ingredients that make cigarettes so irresistible to smokers, and the lack of it in the body can cause physical withdrawal symptoms.
The good thing is, no matter how bad the symptoms are, they are temporary. To quite smoking successfully, you need determination and willpower. Here are 10 tips that can help you get rid of this awful habit:
1. Clean your home
- Wash any clothes that smell like smoke.
- Toss all of your ashtrays and lighters.
- If you smoked in your car, clean it out, too.
- Clean your carpets, draperies and upholstery.
- Use air fresheners to get rid of that familiar scent
2. Avoid smoking triggers
Try avoiding places and situation that might sett off your urge to smoke. Remember, cravings don’t last long.
- Go to places where smoking isn’t allowed.
- Avoid caffeine, it can make the urge stronger.
- Alcohol and cigarettes usually go hand in hand – try to limit alcohol drinking, at least in the first stages.
3. Keep your hands and mouth busy
You can hold a pen, play with a rubber, solve a puzzle, do a crossword, or read a book. The comfort of a cigarette in the hands is one of the things that smokers miss most when they quit.
4. Practice deep breathing
Deep breathing eases nicotine cravings, increases the lung capacity, and improves the low mood smokers often experience when they quit.
5. Drink water
Getting your necessary, daily water intake will help your body flush all the toxins out sooner and will help with nicotine cravings.4
6. Try Acupuncture
Acupuncture triggers the release of endorphins, the natural pain relievers. It will stop the cravings, restlessness, and irritability.
7. Take up a new hobby
Any kind of activity or hobby can take your mind off smoking.
8. Do some meditation
One of the best ways to fight any type of withdrawal symptoms is meditation. It relaxes the body and the mind and reduces stress levels.
9. Start exercising regularly
Regular exercise will help you get rid of headaches, which are common withdrawal symptoms, you’ll feel energized and fit, and you’ll be healthier.
10. Eat fruits and vegetables
After you quit smoking, your appetite will start increasing. Thus, it is important to find a healthy snack that doesn’t contain many calories. Whenever a craving strikes, you can have some fruits or vegetables to relief the stress.