Here are some strategies for quitting smoking that can help make the process go a little bit smoother.
Smoking is a powerful addiction, and quitting can be difficult.
Not everyone is successful in their first attempt, but failing to quit once doesn’t mean that you should give up on trying to quit altogether.
Getting physically active can help you reduce the urge to smoke and control cravings.
When you’re engaged in cardiovascular activity and breathing heavily, the odds are that you won’t feel much like smoking.
While some people have reported that they feel a craving immediately after working out, this is attributable to increase energy levels and endorphins, and they’re typically short-lived.
If you’re accustomed to starting your day with a cigarette, replacing it with a quick jog or a low-impact cardio exercise is an excellent change.
Use Nicotine Replacement
Every single urge to smoke is primarily driven by a chemical addiction to nicotine.
Using nicotine gum is a very effective smoking cessation tool because it can help to curb cravings and eventually help you wean off of nicotine altogether.
Many people find it preferable to using a patch because you can use it as needed rather than rely on a continuous influx of nicotine in your bloodstream.
One aspect of quitting smoking that can make it feel so hard is thinking that you’re in it alone.
You’ll get very discouraged if you feel like nobody understands what you’re going through, or you can’t talk to anyone about it.
It’s helpful to talk to people about how you’re feeling and get some motivational input from people who you’re close to.
You may also find it useful to join a support group, participate in an online community, or call a smoking cessation resource line.
It’s helpful to talk about your commitment to quitting to reinforce why it’s a priority to you and help you stay on track.
Furthermore, it’s helpful to reach out to your support network as you’re experiencing cravings to help refocus your attention and maintain your resolve.
Eat Sweet but Healthy Snacks
Some people report a slight weight gain when they’re quitting smoking; this can occur for a couple of different reasons.
When people smoke often, it causes strain on the lungs and heart, which increases the heart rate.
When a heart rate starts returning to normal, a temporary weight gain is possible.
In addition, smoking coats the olfactory receptors and desensitizes smell and taste.
Quitting smoking makes things smell stronger, and food tastes better, so people simply enjoy eating more.
Lastly, people may try to fill the void of smoking or satisfy an oral fixation by eating.
The best way to cope with the possibility of weight gain is to focus on having healthy sweets instead of sugary sweets.
Fruits and dried fruits make a great snack that you can take a few bites of at a time.
Quitting smoking is no small feat.
Give yourself the best possible chance for success by getting physically active, using nicotine replacement, and avoiding unhealthy behaviors such as overeating.