How to Quit Smoking
You know smoking is bad for you, but you do it anyway. You tell yourself that you’ve tried to quit in the past, and it’s never worked so why try again? Or you convince yourself that there’s too much going on in your life right now, so you’ll quit later. How do you face these thoughts and make this time a success?
Why you smoke
First, you need to understand why you are so desperately holding onto your cigarettes despite the fact that they’re bad for your health. Well, for starters, smoking decreases appetite, improves mood and can help your digestive system move, if you know what I mean.
In addition to these seemingly “positive” side effects, you also have to realize that nicotine is physically addictive, just like alcohol and other drugs. So, when you start to cut down or quit, your body goes through certain withdrawal responses.
You’re irritable, more anxious and get headaches just to name a few. Sometimes, these negative side effects of quitting are enough to keep people smoking. Who wants to feel bad, right?
What it does to your body
Although there are reasons as to why you smoke, you also have to understand how it hurts your body. Outwardly, it makes you smell bad, discolors your teeth and makes your skin look older faster.
Inwardly, it raises a whole host of health issues. Smokers have an increased risk of cancer of the mouth, throat and lungs. They also have a higher prevalence of respiratory issues such as emphysema and problems with artery blockage.
How to quit
Luckily, you have many options when it comes to quitting. Some people quit cold-turkey and find that works for them. If it doesn’t for you, the Mayo Clinic suggests that you try some of the following:
- Nicotine replacements, such as patches, gum and nasal sprays
- Staying away from situations where you’re most likely to want to smoke
- Increase your level of physical activity to help you feel better
- Find other, more beneficial ways to relax your body such as walking and meditation
Quitting smoking is hard. No one can deny that fact. But, you can successfully kick the habit as long as you have the drive and motivation to succeed. Others have done it before you, so isn’t it time you join them?