Have you tried to quit smoking without any success? Have you tried several methods only to end up smoking once again? Check out these quit smoking tips to help you stop smoking once and for all.
Tip #1: Replacing Your Habit
If you’ve been smoking for long enough, you not only become addicted to the nicotine in cigarettes, but you start forming a smoking habit. As the saying goes, old habits die hard, and smoking habits die even harder.
You’ve probably heard of nicotine replacement therapy, which involves getting lower nicotine doses from sources other than cigarettes. What people often neglect is that when you quit smoking you not only have to deal with the physical addiction to nicotine, but also your psychological addiction to the act of smoking.
When you quit smoking, it helps immensely to have a new habit or hobby in place to divert your attention away from smoking. Whether it be chewing on carrot sticks and gum or going for a jog, being able to focus and think about something other than smoking greatly improves your chances of staying away from smoking.
Tip #2: Finding Your Triggers
Smoking triggers are people, events, situations, or basically anything that ‘triggers’ you to smoke. Go through one day of smoking, writing down each and every time you smoked and why you did it.
Not only does this help you to understand why you really smoke, but it also allows you to formulate a plan of attack on all the things that cause you to smoke.
Once you know why you smoke, you can try to find ways to avoid your smoking triggers, or deal with them in some way other than lighting up.
Tip #3: Getting Exercise
Exercise is often cited as one of the main things you need to do to get back to health, and for smokers this is even more true. Regular exercise doesn’t only help get your body and your lungs back into shape, but it also has the added benefit of helping you to flush out nicotine and other toxins from your body faster.
Having a regular exercise routine to replace your regular smoking habit also helps give you something to put your mind off smoking.