How to Quit Smoking Naturally
Not sure “How to Quit Smoking Naturally”? Try these 3 easy self help tips below on how to quit smoking naturally and easily.
Getting rid of a smoking habit requires commitment and dedication for you to quit smoking and its never too late to start. Accept it as a challenge and good thing is it’s quite easy to quit smoking nonetheless you can do it yourself without any external help.
How to Quit Smoking Naturally – 3 Easy Self Help Tips
1. Accept the Reality
First of all, its important to accept that you have a smoking problem and it needs your immediate attention. You should believe that smoking is an addiction and it’s a not a way to relieve stress. If you think smoking a cigarette makes you stress free, then you are fooling yourself because in reality it is your brain that is nicotine starved and is trying to justify the cause for you to smoke.
So, once you have accepted that you have indeed a smoking problem and its nothing but nicotine addiction – GREAT you have reached the biggest milestone on quitting.
2. Know your Triggers
a) Make a journal and write down your triggers that leads you to smoking, for example – it could be when you drink alcohol, having a coffee, in you breaks, meeting your friends who smoke or listening to music or after a meal . Try to avoid these triggers or the best way get them replaced with gum or snacks.
b) Keep reminding yourself that you hate smoking and you do not want to be a part of it and you are doing it for your health and well being.
c) First few days are the hardest and reward yourself for getting through your first few days.
d) Avoid Temptation- Try to avoid hanging out with smokers whether they are your friends, office colleagues or your family members but if this is not an option then you need to have a serious conversation with them.
e) Avoid places where you buy cigarettes.
f) Replace smoking with a good habit that keeps you occupy and busy. Like running, art class, gym, biking or cooking or whatever you like.
If somehow you failed and had one cigarette, don’t think you are a failure and don’t just give up completely. Just do whatever you were doing before and get back to the routine .
Last Step – Take Help of Medication and Support. It Helps Quitting Bit Easier.
Smoking cessation medications can ease withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings, and are effective when used as a part of a comprehensive stop smoking program monitored by your physician. Talk to your doctor about your options and whether an anti-smoking medication is right for you. U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved options are:
– Nicotine replacement therapy – This therapy includes swapping cigarettes with other nicotine substitutes, such as nicotine gum or a nicotine patch. It works by delivering small and steady doses of nicotine into the body to relieve some of the withdrawal symptoms without the tars and poisonous gases found in cigarettes. This type of treatment helps smokers focus on breaking their psychological addiction and makes it easier to concentrate on learning new behaviors and coping skills.
– Non-nicotine medication – These medications help you stop smoking by reducing cravings and withdrawal symptoms without the use of nicotine. Medications such as bupropion (Zyban) and varenicline (Chantix) are intended for short-term use only.
Failing is part of this process. It has got nothing to do with willpower because of all people who were able to quit smoking had to try many times before they got succeeded. Hardly 5% of them got succeeded at first time. So, sit tight and have faith in yourself. You can do it like I did!