Sunday, February 04, 2018

How To Quit Smoking and Stay the Course till The Habit is Quit

Smoking is a terrible habit and also extremely bad for your health. Quitting could be one of the best things you ever did and here are some tips on doing so.

1. Make a Plan to Quit.

If you fail to plan, you won’t have the checkpoints and performance indicators that let you know you’re still doing well even when you feel your worst. A plan makes it easier to stay focused on the quest and motivated toward your goals. You can create a quit plan for your specific needs or get help coming up with one by contacting a quitline 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or taking advantage of the many apps and other resources available online. Be realistic about your goals and consider slowly easing out of the habit within a given time frame. Nicotine replacement therapy has had many results.

2. Keep your mind occupied

Keeping yourself fully occupied is one way that you can keep yourself from falling into older habits. By having your mind focused on some engaging task or activity you can keep your mind too busy to wander off to cravings. Consider getting into anyone of the following activities.

--Go to a delicious dinner at a nice spot
--Take time out of the house
--Spend time with non-smokers
--Chew gum or a preferred candy
--Go to a movie.
--Drink lots of water.
--Keep your hands busy with a pen or toothpick,
--Practice deep breathing exercises
--Many people find that vaping helps them quit and it tastes good. Check out this Grape Reds Apple eJuice.

Be sure you take your progress slowly and one day at a time. The progress you build today will make your efforts tomorrow all the easier.

3. Avoid Smoking Triggers

There will be certain elements of your environment, people you know and even certain situations that will set off your urges and impulses to light up. The best way to begin your new life is to eliminate all the triggers you can. People and neighbors can’t simply be eliminated, but you can begin by throwing out all the ash trays, lighters and cigarettes that you have in your environment.

--Caffeine can make you feel jittery and goes well with a smoke so it is better to steer clear of both.

--Spend more time with non-smokers and those that will be considerate of your efforts.

-- Hang around places that don’t allow smoking

--Get plenty of rest and focus on maintaining a healthy diet during the transition.

-- Change out elements of your routine that urge you to smoke.

4. Stay Positive

Quitting smoking will be no easy feat. There are many urges and impulses to control as well as an entire lifetime to look forward to. But you must keep your focus on the moment and keep positive at all times. Your first day will be tough, but make the commitment to not smoke at all, not even a single puff. Then be sure that you give yourself a pat on the back and a special detail that reminds you of your accomplishment.  Don’t be discouraged if you end up smoking a few days later. You can totally ease your way out of smoking with a plan that is exact for you. Just get up and try again, soon you will find your resistance is building.

This is a guest blog entry.

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