Nowadays, smoking is a common habit. Both men and women are addicted to it. The sad part is even young school kids, or teenagers are addicted to smoking. Different age groups of people smoke for various reasons. Most teenagers smoke to look cool or to overcome a breakup. However, adults smoke to reduce stress. People who smoke say that when they smoke, they get a pleasurable feeling.
Smoking isn’t a healthy habit. Even if you feel good after smoking, you must quit it as it causes serious health problems—for example, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, lung disease, etc. Smoking also weakens the immune system to some level. And recent studies found that smoking can make a man infertile. All of these reasons are enough to encourage a smoker to quit smoking. However, it isn’t easy because nicotine is addictive. But there are some ways to help you out.
- Ask Help From Your Loved Ones
You can quit smoking without asking for help or advice from others. Ask for advice from people who have been in your situation in the past. The first few days will be tough, so you need someone to give support. You can add yourself to some smoke-free groups on social media to hear positive and inspiring things.
- Stay Busy As Much As Possible
When you stay busy, you won’t think about smoking much. Your urge for smoking will be less. To divert your mind, you can hang out with your friends who don’t smoke, exercise, treat yourself to a nice restaurant, watch a movie or series, etc. If you feel a small amount of craving for smoking, take deep breaths and drink a lot of water.
- Try Nicotine Or Gums
Nicotine patches reduce the cravings for smoking. It decreases the level of nicotine in your body. As a result, you will be less dependent on smoking. Or you can try Nicotine gums. They are like normal chewing gums. Moreover, it also the same as nicotine patches.
- Delay Your Cravings
There will be some situations where you won’t be able to control your cravings. At that time, try to delay it. You can do this by drinking juice, water, or coffee. Or you can stretch your body. And if you are in a public place, walk for few minutes. These activities will divert your mind for some time.
- Chew Something All The Time
Even if you don’t go for nicotine gums, chew normal gums. Or you can eat healthy foods such as raw carrots, apples, nuts, etc. In this way your craving will be less as well as your body will get healthy foods.
- Think And Stay Positive
Of course, it is not always possible to have someone to motivate you all the time. So when you are alone, try to motivate yourself. It would be best if you thought about the benefits of not smoking. Such as by quitting, you are saving yourself money as well, as you will get to encourage others to leave, which will make you feel a lot better. And you will be proud of yourself.
A lot of people struggle to quit smoking. Just try not to give up because there is nothing that isn’t possible.