The start of a new year is the traditional time when folks make resolutions. The majority of these resolutions have to do with getting into better shape by going on a diet and exercising. Another popular resolution is to quit smoking. But like those other resolutions, quitting smoking doesn’t have to wait for the new year. This is something that is vital to take up starting today. These helpful tips might help you finally kick the smoking habit.
Smoking is a habit but it is also a habit that is often triggered by the environment. The first step in quitting would be to remove all the physical “triggers” in your home, car and workspace. That means tossing out any packs of cigarettes, ashtrays or lighters. You should also do a thorough cleaning so that there are no lingering smoke odors.
Allow the Withdrawal To Work
Are you going to crave cigarettes once you quit? Absolutely. However, as the days go on those cravings should diminish. The first 7 to 10 days will probably be the most challenging for this process. If you can hold out that long, then the residual effects of nicotine could be flushed out of your body. That doesn’t mean you still won’t get cravings but they could be much easier to manage further down the road.
Embrace Falling Off the Wagon
Just because you committed to giving up smoking doesn’t mean you might not indulge in an occasional path or two. As satisfying as that might be it doesn’t mean you’re going back to the happened. Just remind yourself of all the reasons why you want to quit in the first place and refocus on starting over without beating yourself up.
Wait for The Craving to Pass
From a physiological standpoint, the urge to smoke last only 3 to 5 minutes. That’s true whether you pick up the cigarette or not. When you feel that urge coming on try to distract yourself. Call a friend or get something to drink. You can even play a quick game on your phone. Before you know it, the cravings will pass.
As mentioned, smoking is a habit and often that habit is formed through rituals. You may enjoy a cigarette after dinner or when you’re out at a bar with friends. It is important during the initial quitting phase that you don’t put yourself into situations where you might be overwhelmed by a craving. Obviously, you can’t give up eating but you can have a friend or family member nearby to hold you accountable.
Change Up Your Routine
At work you might have been on a tight “smoke break” schedule. You know you can’t smoke inside and so you wait for the time when you can take that break. This is when you might want to change up your routine. Instead of taking a break at the same time move it to a different time. And try to do something different on that break like enjoying a piece of fruit or cup of coffee.
Nicotine is extremely addictive. That means it is going to be a hard habit to break. The first time you try it could be extremely stressful and distracting. If you go back to the habit, then don’t beat yourself up. You can always quit again. Stay focused on what you’re doing this for and you can succeed.