If you intend to give up smoking, then that is a really smart idea. Smoking continues to be the leading cause of disease and death in the U.S that is preventable. The key to that prevention is breaking the habit. If you have tried to quit before then you will know that is easier said than done.
Despite the fact that most adult smokers want to quit smoking, fewer than 1 in 10 will succeed. The facts speak for themselves. You need help to quit.
Where is that help going to come from? It starts here. In this article, we’re going to take you through 10 great aids that’ll help you quit.
Different things work for different people. Give yourself every advantage you need by reading this article and trying these aids until you find the one that will work for you.
1. Know Your Triggers
Whether you realize it or not, you have psychological triggers that tell you now is the time for a cigarette. For example, whenever you have a coffee, you may automatically have a cigarette afterward. Or, as soon as you finish work, you will light up before getting into the car.
You may have lots of triggers. Some you will already be aware of, but others you may not have noticed. How will you find out?
Get yourself a diary and track the times you smoke so that you can identify your triggers and then, where possible, avoid them.
2. De-Stress Your Life
This is easier to say than do. We all want a less stressful life. However, if you’re struggling to quit smoking this is even more important.
In order to reduce your stress, you’re going to have to work at it. Try to make time for relaxing activities. Learn relaxation techniques.
You can play relaxing music before bed, or other sounds from nature that will help you feel a sense of calm and de-stress.
3. Replace Old Habits with New Habits
Smoking has become a bad habit. You need to replace that bad habit with a better and more constructive habit. Replacing habits is a powerful and effective technique.
Instead of smoking a cigarette as soon as you get up in the morning, do something else like drink water, do yoga, or go for a run. Make a list of better, new habits that you can use to replace your bad habit of smoking.
4. Drink More Water
Many of us struggle to drink enough water. Drink more water and it will help to flush nicotine out of your system. Drink less caffeine.
You can use a diet app to track the amount of water you’re drinking. You may be surprised how little water that is.
5. Identify New Rewards
It is likely that your smoking on occasions serves as a small reward for you. You completed a day’s work, so you reward yourself. You did well in that meeting, so you reward yourself.
Maybe without realizing it, you frequently reward yourself with a cigarette. Make a list of alternative rewards such as eating a treat, going to the cinema, watching Netflix, etc. Then work at using these rewards to positively reinforce the good things you’re doing in life without turning to a cigarette.
6. Controlled Nicotine Withdrawal
You can try nicotine replacement therapy. This allows you to give your body the nicotine it craves without smoking a cigarette. This is designed to break the physical habit of holding and smoking a cigarette.
You can control the extent to which you gradually withdraw from the nicotine. There are many ways of taking the nicotine into your body such as patches, sprays, and lozenges. Use what works for you.
7. Pharmalogical Assistance
You need to explore this with a medical expert. There are drugs that will help you specifically with smoking cessation. This also encompasses the area of anti-depressants.
Don’t underestimate this option. It all depends on what is going on in your life as a whole and not just giving up cigarettes.
8. Psychological Empowerment
Something like CBT, or cognitive behavioral therapy, is an effective companion to other smoking cessation techniques. One of the reasons we may struggle to give up smoking is because we may never have developed the psychological tools that we need to change our behavior.
9. Lesser Evil
You could give an e-cigarette a try to see if it will help you. There is a lack of evidence connecting vaping or e-cigarettes with successful smoking cessation. However, some people say it helped them, so it is worth considering.
There are lots of choices and variations in e-cigarettes, so make sure you explore those options thoroughly to see what may work for you. Equally, there are many options for e liquid.
10. Quit Smoking – Use the Technology
Go browsing in the app store for your mobile device. You will find there are many apps that are designed to help you quit smoking. Technology is a powerful tool to help you.
Many people find these sorts of applications are excellent at tracking their progress and keeping them motivated, and on target for quitting smoking.
You Can Do It!
In this article, you have read about 10 great aids to help you quit smoking. There are lots of different approaches and techniques combined with technology that can make the difference between success and failure.
Not all of these will work for you, but all you have to do is find the one that does work and stick with it. You can be successful like thousands of others that have given up smoking.
Check out other informative articles about a healthy lifestyle on our site to keep yourself motivated for better health.