If you are a smoker, you need not be told that your habit is not healthy. You already know that it is potentially fatal and causes cancer. Chances are, you have probably tried quitting at least once. So, you know from experience that there’s more to it than just stopping. But what exactly is that more? Read on to find out.
Some great ways to get in shape, stay active and distract yourself from smoking include participating in an exercise program, and signing up for the local gym. Exercise can also act as a stress reliever. You should start off slowly if you have not exercised in quite some time. Going for a short walk is a great example of a beginner exercise. Speak to your physician before beginning an exercise routine.
Talk to your loved ones, in order to garner their support in quitting smoking. Ask them to provide you with encouragement and not criticism. You will also want to let them know you will most likely be in a lousy mood initially, and you may not exactly think clearly at that time. Kicking the smoking habit may be the most difficult thing you have ever done, and the support of friends and family is critical.
If you are worried about gaining weight as you begin to quit, then you should try to incorporate a moderate exercise regimen into your daily routine to help curb any weight gain that you might experience. Exercise is the best way to prevent any weight gain from your quitting.
Commit yourself totally to your decision to quit smoking. If you are determined to quit smoking then put your whole soul into the effort. Announce to family and close friends that you are quitting and need support. Write down your specific goals and make them as detailed as you can. Also write down your individual reasons for quitting. Post both lists where you can easily see them – like the bathroom mirror. Join a support group and attend meetings, whether online or in person. Go all in and make this happen.
Try incorporating deep breathing exercises in your life when you begin to feel the urge to smoke. This will help you calm down when you feel like you need to take a puff. Deep breathing will help you control yourself and stop the urge before you begin to think about giving in.
Don’t allow yourself “just one puff”. The mind can sometimes play tricks on you, especially when you’re trying to give up a habit that you have had for years. Don’t allow yourself to give in to the idea that just one cigarette won’t hurt. It will hurt, and it might just keep you from being able to quit at all.
It was assumed in the introduction that you already know that smoking is not good for your health. It was also assumed that you have at least one quit attempt under your belt. Before you make your next attempt, consider the ideas that were presented in this article. Hopefully, a combination of them will give you success in walking away from smoking forever.