Quitting smoking can mean more than having the will power to do so. The decision to regain your health means more than just quitting smoking cold turkey. It also comes down to new attitudes you need to develop in order to quit smoking in the long term. In order to break the habit, you have to pick up new ones that are in the best interest of your health.
Here are a few steps to follow so you can quit smoking for good:
- Think Positive
Focus on the benefits of quitting smoking in the long term. Think about how much better you will feel if you didn’t smoke and how much more energy you’ll have. Smokers are faster to feel tired than non-smokers. A slower heart rate means lower energy levels to last you the day. If you quit smoking, you’ll lower your risk of heart attack and all kinds of cancers. Think about your family and how you’ll save them from the effects of second hand smoke.
Smokers tend to smoke when they’re under pressure. Point out the specific cause of your stress. It may be your demanding boss or a difficult job. You may feel pressure from your peers or it may be a personal problem. Whatever is causing you to feel the need to smoke, remember that every problem has a solution and that smoking only worsens your situation because your health is paramount to your well being.
- Avoid triggers
Once, you’ve decided that you don’t need cigarettes, avoid smoking areas or places that have the smell of cigarettes. Maybe you need to clean your house, your room or your car to rid it of the odor of nicotine and tobacco. You’ll want to be far from anything that can trigger your cravings for smoking. You might be used to smoking after meals or drinking beer while you smoked. Instead try to do something else like brushing your teeth or watching TV. It’s of course important to lessen your intake of alcohol as you quit smoking.
Ones you feel less tensed and are eating healthier, you may find the extra energy to start exercising. After all, your body repairs itself after only 20 minutes of quitting smoking. Aerobic activities such as running and other cardio exercises can promote deeper breathing, which will help your lungs heal and lower the level of carbon monoxide in your blood. Exercise can also help distract you from nicotine cravings you might relapse from. Aside from exercise, eat fruits and vegetables to keep your whole body healthy and strong.
Quitting smoking has its share of pitfalls. Take hope in the fact that no successful journey was ever perfect. The key to be smoke-free is to never give up. Remain positive that the struggle becomes easier with each day you overcome the temptation to smoke.