6 Tips for Quitting Smoking

6 Tips for Quitting Smoking

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Smoking is one of the hardest habits to quit. While smokers are well aware of the harmful side effects and health risks that smoking poses, usually it’s enough to persuade them to take the steps to kicking the habit to the curb. Each year smoking kills thousands of smokers and secondhand smoke is just as deadly.

Are you a smoker looking to improve your overall wellbeing? Do you want tips for ending your smoking habit for good? If so, here are 6 tips to becoming an ex-smoker.

  1. Practice Stress Management

Many smokers use cigarettes as a way to relieve their stress and anxiety. Nicotine and other ingredients in a cigarette may offer temporary relief from worries, but are the health risks really worth it? When you decide that you’re ready to quit smoking, you’ll need to find other ways to manage your stress. Enjoy your healthier lungs and cardiovascular system and take up exercising. Physical exercise is one of the best ways to deal with stress. Exercise will also improve your internal health.

Not a fan of exercise? Other ways to manage stress include:

  • Knowing your triggers
  • Meditation
  • Know when to take a break
  • Talk about it
  • Take a long hot bath

Knowing other ways to manage your stress is an important step in ignoring the urge to smoke. Don’t let worries and other daily problems be the reason when you turn back to such an unhealthy vice.

  1. Start Fresh

Cigarette smoke has a horrible way of seeping into every piece of your life. Your clothes, car, and other items probably have that “I’m a smoker” smell to them. Once you quit smoking, you’ll start hating that smell even more. But, the smell may also trigger you to want to pick up a cigarette again. The day you decide to quit smoking should be the day you decide to literally start fresh. Take your clothing to a dry cleaner for a deep cleaning. You may also want to scrub your home and your car from top to bottom to get rid of any ash, cigarette butts, and of course the smoky smell.

  1. Have a Support Group

Quitting smoking will be one of the hardest things you’ll achieve. You will have all sorts of cravings and possibly headaches and difficulty concentrating. There will be days when you wake up and have to talk yourself out of going out and buying a pack. To boost your chances of long-term success, be sure you have a support group behind you. When you’re stressed or need someone to keep you focused, having a friend or family member can be a huge help.

  1. Find a New Hobby

Sitting around thinking about smoking won’t do you any good. To make the best use of your time, pick up a new hobby. Volunteer at a local homeless or pet shelter. Take up hiking and enjoying all that Mother Nature has to offer. Join a car club and show off your hot ride. There are thousands of activities you can try. The idea is to keep yourself busy so that you aren’t sitting around thinking about smoking.

  1. Try Vaping

Millions of people have turned to vaping as a way to break the smoking habit. While vaping exposes you to nicotine just as cigarettes do, the exposure is much lower. Most importantly, unlike cigarettes, vapes don’t produce harmful carcinogens because there is no fire or burning involved. Vaping provides the experience of smoking cigarettes without the worries of formaldehyde, tar, methane, and ammonia.

By switching to vaping, you’re much less likely to return to cigarettes. The key to making a vape work for you is to first choose the right mod. In stores you’ll find dozens of types of vapes, including pen-style, mechanical mods, tanks, and more. Before purchasing, head to a local vape shop and try out the various styles. This way you can find one that meets your experience and lifestyle needs. While there, you’ll also need to shop around for vape flavors. Find a few that you can alternate throughout the day. Fruit and sweet-flavored are pretty popular but you’ll also find traditional flavors like menthol and tobacco.

  1. Stay Motivated

Wouldn’t it be nice to one day say that you smoked 5 packs a day for 10 years but haven’t touched a cigarette in years? To stick with your goal of quitting smoking, you’ll need to know exactly why you’re quitting.

Write down the benefits of kicking your habit for good. You’ll save money. You’ll feel better inside and out. You’ll look better and feel more confident about yourself. You’ll be less embarrassed in social situations. The benefits truly go on and on! Make a list of the reasons you’re quitting and keep them handy. This way on those tough days, you can find the inspiration you need to push through.

With these tips, you’re better positioned to take the first steps in making smoking a thing of the past. While it won’t be easy, quitting smoking will be well worth it.

Sheri Croll

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