Top Tips to Help You Quit Smoking
to quit smoking is a very brave and tough decision, as smoking is an addiction,
so like any other addiction, will take a strong person to quit without
problems. Quitting smoking takes a huge amount of willpower, so any tips or
aids will be welcome.
of the top tips to help you quit smoking are:
Make a definite plan of action; fix the day you will start and inform everyone
around you; family, friends, work colleagues.
them know your plans and get their help and support. They need to be aware of
what you are about to go through and to expect mood swings and irritability at
times. While you have to use strong willpower to quit smoking, you will also
need the support and understanding of those closest to you.
Fill your cupboards at home and your desk, briefcase etc with healthy snack
items, like nuts, grapes, cherries, cherry tomatoes, (any bite sized fruit is
great, as easy to 'pop' into your mouth as candy, but any fruit is good too)
oat cakes, cereal bars, carrots and celery. Gum or candy should be sugar-free,
as you want to avoid weight gain where possible and prevent rotting your teeth!
Keeping snacks at hand will make it easier when cravings hit, to take something
else as a substitute.
Find a hobby or pastime you can do to keep your hands busy. Most smokers say
apart from the addiction to nicotine, they find themselves reaching for
cigarettes when they have idle hands; so keep those hands busy! At the
workplace nowadays no one can smoke, so there's a start to your quit smoking
plan, but in your leisure time or on breaks is where the fun begins! Anything
which keeps your hands busy and your mind occupied will help immensely. Try a
handheld video game, a manual dexterity puzzle, sketching, doodling, knitting,
crossword puzzles, or writing, are good. Best of all, keep a diary or journal;
writing each day about your trials and successes will not only keep your hands
and mind busy, but keeping a record will give you something to refer to for
Make yourself an exercise plan; whatever your fitness and usual routine allows,
from a brisk walk morning and evening, to a full workout plan at the gym.
Swimming and bike riding are good too; exercise releases endorphins which keep
the heart healthy, reduce stress and anxiety, while generally helping with
internal harmony. Those who already have a fitness routine should increase
levels considerably when trying to quit smoking.
Remove all smoking related items from your home, car and workplace. Not only
cigarettes, but lighters, ashtrays, anything which will make you think of
smoking. Surround yourself instead with bowls of nuts, seeds and fruit, as well
as your hobby items; puzzles, pen & paper, journal etc. When cravings hit,
(and they will, frequently) take something to chew on and pick up whatever you
need to keep hands and brain occupied.
Last, but by no means least; keep a glass of water at hand at all times.
Instead of reaching for the cigarette on the ashtray, reach for the water glass
and take sips. Water will not only keep you hydrated, but stave off nicotine
cravings, while at the same time helping your stomach feel full, so you will be
less likely to compensate with food.
These are the top tips to help you quit
smoking, but there are obviously many other ideas, and especially devised plans
to help you in this tough time. The best way to quit smoking is to find the
right plan for you, which you will find easiest to follow and give you the best
results. Good luck!
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