Tips to Help You Finally Quit Smoking
By Genevieve Cunningham
At this point in time, we all know that smoking cigarettes is one of the worst things that we can do to our bodies. While this knowledge stops many people from picking up cigarettes in today’s world, there are still plenty of people who picked up the habit before this knowledge was quite so readily available. For those who already smoke, quitting sounds like the logical thing to do. But in practicality, quitting is one of the most difficult feats to tackle. If you’re ready to finally kick the habit to the curb, take a look at these three proven tips to help you give it up.
Don’t Underestimate Cold Turkey
This doesn’t work for everyone, but for many people, cold turkey is the best option. This requires a lot of self discipline and willpower. At first, your body will go through a bit of shock. You’ll likely experience withdrawals and cravings like never before. But if you power through the beginning, it only gets better from there. This method is great for those who don’t trust their own ability to taper off, and who instead prefer a “rip the band-aid off” kind of approach.
Tell Everyone and Get a Support Group
If you try to go it alone, it will be a lot more difficult. A great start is to tell everyone your intentions. That way, if you light up, a trusted friend can guide you back to your goals. It can also be beneficial to join a support group of other people who are also trying to quit. This allows you to mingle with others who are going through the exact same thing you are. You may be able to pull support from each other and keep each other going when it gets hard.
OK … e-cigarettes are a tough one. On one hand, they don’t contain the nicotine and tar that come in conventional cigarettes. But they do prolong the actual habit of smoking. You’ll simply replace one habit with another. The good news is that the new habit is far healthier than the old one, at least as far as most doctors are concerned. The bad news is that there are still a lot of unknowns regarding e-cigarettes, and so the true health dangers have yet to be discovered.
Quitting smoking is one of the hardest habits to break. If you’ve ever tried it before, you already know just how tough it can be. Just choose a method, get some support, and go for it. If you fail, try again. When it comes to your long-term health and wellness, giving up cigarettes is one of the best things that you can do. Improve your health and potentially your lifespan by quitting as soon as today.