Nicotine is one of the most widely available and harmful legal drugs around the world. Nicotine is harmful and addictive both to smokers and the people who are passively exposed to smoke. In case you want to quit smoking, but don’t know where to start, create a plan.
Know why you want to quit, prepare yourself, and carry out your plan with the support of medication therapy or people who are close to you. Quitting smoking is not easy, but not impossible either. Here are some real life ways which may help you to quit smoking.
Make a list
Write a list of the reasons why you want to quit and keep them with you. Refer to them when you tempt to light up.
Set a date
Set a date for quitting completely. Some people like the idea of quitting gradually. But, some studies have shown that if a person smokes fewer cigarettes than usual, he or she is likely to smoke more of each cigarette and nicotine level stay nearly the same. Therefore, it is best to stop once and for all from a set date.
Let your friend and family know
Tell everyone that you’re quitting smoking. Family and friends usually give support and can help you. It may be harder to quit if somebody else is smoking in the household. Try to get other family member who smoke to stop smoking at the same time.
Prepare yourself for some withdrawal symptoms
When you quit smoking, you’re likely to get symptoms that may include headaches, irritability, feeling sick, anxiety, craving, and just feeling awful. These symptoms are caused by the absence of nicotine which your body has been used to. The symptoms tend to peak after 24 hours and then slowly ease over 2 to 4 weeks.
Expect a cough
It is perfectly normal that a smoker’s cough become worse when you quit smoking. For that reason, many smokers say that this makes them feel worse after stopping smoking and makes them tempted to start smoking again. However, the cough usually gradually eases, so resist this temptation.
Be aware of situations in which you want to smoke
Drinking alcohol is usually associated with failing in an attempt to stop smoking. Therefore, you should consider not drinking much alcohol in the first several weeks after stopping smoking. You should try to change your routine during the first several weeks.
Tell people that you don’t smoke. You’ll smell better and after several weeks you will feel better, cough less and taste your food more. In addition, you will have more money.
There are many people who worry about gaining weight when they give up smoking, since their appetite may improve. You should anticipate increase in appetite and try not to increase sugary or fatty snacks and foods. Instead, try fruits and eat more vegetables.
Don’t despair if you fail
Examine the reasons why you have failed at that particular time. By doing it, you will be stronger next time. On average, most people who eventually stop smoking have made 3 to 4 previous attempts.