Have you tried hard to quit smoking but you always fail? Well, there is no need to let such a small issue to stress you out! Always keep believing that when there is a will, there is always a way!
We can fully understand the cravings you have for cigarettes and how hard for you to resist all the temptations around you, especially when most of your friends are actually smokers! Still, should you not worry as there are many simple yet effective natural ways that can greatly help you in this matter!
#1 – Set A Date And Be Ready To Face The Difficulties
This might surprise you but a recent study exposes that abrupt quitting and a slow reduction of smoking are both ineffective methods! This means that what might work for you, doesn’t have to necessarily work for your friend.
Hence, the best thing to do is to opt for that quitting method that will work best for you. So, choose the most appropriate one and be prepared to face many challenges and difficulties, especially in the beginning.
According to Medical News Today, smokers who are willing to quit should inform others about their decision, ditch away all the cigarettes and then decide what method to follow.
#2 – Watch Your Dietary Choices
The foods you allow in your stomach can greatly help you in successfully attaining your goal.
According to a study that was published in 2012 report that people who included more fruits and vegetables in their daily nutrition say, three to four times a day were less likely to experience cigarettes cravings while those who ate less of these healthy foods were more likely to smoke.
And this is because foods such as fruits, veggies, and dairy are found to make the cigarettes taste bad. This way, smokers tend to experience fewer cravings.
However, it is important to note that during this challenge, try to avoid or at least reduce your daily intake of trigger food such as alcohol, coffee, and low-calorie meals.
#3 – Behavioral Therapy Might Be Effective
If you have never tried the behavioral therapy before, then, we strongly recommend it for you. This therapy is purely psychological and it can be done individually or in groups depending on what you actually prefer.
According to a study, researchers reveal that the reason why most smokers fail to quit smoking is that the majority of them depend on nicotine and view it as a tension reliever.
And here comes the role of this therapy which tries to provide smokers with all the behavioral support they need along with a combination of nicotine replacement therapy and non-nicotine medication. The latter combination was proved to do wonders and achieve some great result in the long term.
Behavioral therapy can be also conducted via phone or email, which is really good especially in those cases when smokers refuse or are too busy to attend face to face therapy sessions.
#4 – Cut back on alcohol and coffee
This is definitely a very hard decision to make, especially that all smokers enjoy their cigarettes more when drinking coffee or alcohol. However, the NSW Government strongly insist on avoiding the consumption of such beverages, especially during the first months. Caffeine and alcohol can only make the process even harder than it is.
The former can lead to a significant increase in anxiety levels and might even make you feel more nervous and restless, which will in return make you feel like smoking. The latter, say, alcohol will cause your brain muscles to relax and make you forget completely why you have even decided to quit.
#5 – Distract Yourself When You Feel Like Smoking
When you decide to quit smoking, be ready to face many difficulties, temptations, and seductions that will make it very hard for you to hold on. However, one smart way to resist all that is by distracting yourself whenever you feel like smoking a cigarette. How can you do that? Well, it’s easy, be more active! Yes, you read it right.
Regular exercises can be very beneficial! The Center For Addiction and Mental Health say that unlike the non-smokers, smokers have very reduced energy that’s why they rarely feel like exercising and that’s again due to the decreased pulmonary function.
Hence, cutting back on these drinks can cause a gradual increase in their energy level. Another study that was published in 2007 also shows that physical activity is very important as it can help with depression, stress, cognitive function, and irregular sleep pattern.
#6 – Always Carry Some Gum Or Healthy Snack In Your Bag
One challenge that faces smokers when they quit smoking is weight gain. According to the American Dietetic Association, smokers would gain 4-10 Ib after they quit smoking and that’s because they tend to feel the need to snack on something whenever they feel like smoking.
Hence, to avoid that, you can, for instance, carry some healthy snacks such as fruits, almonds, and nuts or some gum in your bag. This way, you can keep your mouth busy and your cravings under control.
#7 – Keep Yourself Busy And Avoid Being Around Smokers
Again this is not an easy step to take, especially if most of your friends are smokers. Hence, it would be wise to inform your friends and probably your colleagues too that you have quit smoking.
This way, they can understand why you avoid spending time with them. Also, try to find some time for your hobbies and work hard to create new and healthier habits.
#8 – Try NRT And Don’t Go Cold Turkey
Only smokers know how powerful is the nicotine and how hard to give it up when the body is fully depending on it. Most smokers would try to go cold turkey but according to a very recent study, this method is not very successful.
There are many others effective ways that can help you quit smoking, including lozenges, nicotine patches, chewing gum, inhalers, and nasal spray. Keep in mind that the last two methods need to be prescribed by your doctor.
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