The World Health Organization declared May 31st as World No Tobacco Day in an attempt to convince more people to kick the habit and adopt a healthier lifestyle. 1 in 10 deaths globally is caused by smoking, so what better way to celebrate than going cold turkey and throwing those cancerous sticks in the trash can, filling your lungs with clean air, instead. If you’re up for the challenge, we have prepared a list of 5 tips to efficiently give up smoking.
1. Inform all your loved ones about your decision.
Giving up smoking is not an easy feat. Usually, symptoms include night sweats, insomnia, difficulty breathing, and an ardent, physical desire to smoke a cigarette. It’s even worse for social smokers who cannot phantom the idea of going out with their friends and not hold a cigarette in their hands.
This is why people need all the support they can get. By informing all their friends and family members of their decision, it will be easier to go through the process. Apart from kind, encouraging words, loved ones can also provide comfort and come up with new activities that will take the quitter’s mind off smoking.
2. Remove all sources of temptation.
All those who are determined to kick the habit must eliminate all tobacco and tobacco-related products from their proximity. This means everything from lighter to cigarettes, and even the ashtrays.
Furthermore, if cigarettes were usually associated with coffee, it’s best to switch to tea.
3. Don’t get discouraged at the first cheat.
Sometimes temptation is so strong that one cannot help themselves and puff a shameful cigarette. This is a crucial point in the process as a great deal of people get discouraged by their relapse and quit quitting.
It’s important to remember that the process of giving up smoking is long and tiresome, so an occasional cheat will be forgiven as long as, in the end, cigarettes will remain a thing of the past.
4. Try nicotine replacement therapies.
Nicotine patches and gum are available in every pharmacy. This over the counter medication can provide the body with sufficient nicotine to ease up the symptoms, making the ordeal more bearable. There are also plenty of cognitive-behavioral therapies that help the brain keep busy through meditation, yoga, and positive thinking.
5. Remember to take care of your body.
As mentioned before, when nicotine leaves the body, the former smokers go through an extensive withdrawal period when it will seem like every ailment out there is affecting them all at once.
To make the transition easier, it’s best to exercise more, drink plenty of water, and eat more fruit and vegetables. Just think of it as the latest, detox cleanse.
All in all, giving up smoking may be hard, but it’s not impossible. And what better time to go cold turkey than on World No Tobacco Day.
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