You CAN quit smoking
You already know that smoking is bad for your health. But what you may not know is that quitting smoking is a reasonable and achievable goal. Quitting smoking has immediate benefits for your health and your loved ones - just remember that determination and dedication are all it takes to kick this bad habit. The following tips were composed to help you in your fight against tobacco:
- Take control of your life. Take a minute and write down why you want to quit - it may be because you want better health or for the protection of your family. People who exhibit greater motivation and dedication will have a better chance of success.
- Ask for help. If you find yourself struggling with kicking the habit of smoking, then actively look for help. There are numerous smoking cessation programs, groups and materials available as helpful and motivational resources. Quitting smoking is easier when you're not going through it alone.
- Quit smoking altogether. Cutting back on cigarettes is not a valid solution. The problem is that even smoking a few cigarettes a day is bad for your health. Furthermore, if you try smoking only a few cigarettes a day you'll only find your way back to smoking the same amount again - you have to stop completely.
- Don't switch to a different brand of cigarettes. Don't kid yourself by thinking that switching to "low-tar" or "low-nicotine" cigarettes is any good. Since nicotine is an additive, switching to a lower-nicotine brand will only leave you craving more and puffing harder. Your only option is to quit completely.
- Be willing to put in an effort. You've already taken the hardest step - knowing that you need to quit. This will help you to move forward and deal with the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal that you will unavoidably experience. Just take one day at a time. Each time you turn down a cigarette you're moving closer to winning the battle.
- Maintain a healthy diet. During the quitting process your body is working extremely hard to rid itself of toxins. This takes a lot of energy so opt for healthy choices over junk food, which is just full of empty calories.
- Get plenty of rest. The symptoms of withdrawal can cause a major drain on your body and mind. That's why it's important to schedule more time to simply sleep and recuperate. It will do your body good.
- Drink up. Water is the wonder liquid - it rids the body more quickly of the toxins that have built up in your body from years of smoking. And, as an added bonus, water also helps suppress those pesky nicotine cravings.
- Finally… reward yourself! Every time you pass a major milestone, whether it is a day, a week or a month cigarette-free, reward yourself by taking a night off, going out to dinner or buying something you desire. You deserve it!