Friday, October 23, 2015

The Best Ways to Stop Smoking

There is no point in sugar coating it; smoking is really bad for you. But if you really want to quit, you need to think about all the negative effects smoking is having on you. Trying to give up can be hard work, but if you can stick to it your health and wellbeing will be so much better as a result. Think about all the positive reasons there are for giving up smoking and try these steps to finally kick the habit.

Think about your health
This has to be the first point because it is the most important. To help you stop smoking, you need to think about all the negative effects it is having on your body. You are much more likely to get lung cancer and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD - lung disease). Whilst you may think smoking isn’t damaging your lungs, COPD symptoms take their time to manifest. You won’t wake up suddenly with a hacking cough, but will find that over time you start to feel worse. It might be harder to breathe and you might have mucus in your lungs. The sooner you stop smoking, the longer you can live. It is as blunt as that!

Visit your doctor
Your doctor will have lots of advice on how to stop smoking. You should arrange an appointment and get their advice on it. They may be able to advise certain steps, or certain products which can help you to quit.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

When you have been smoking for a while, your body starts to crave the nicotine. To stop your body from going through negative withdrawal symptoms, try nicotine replacement therapy. It works by releasing nicotine into your body without all the toxic chemicals included in cigarettes. Things like nicotine gum, patches, inhalers and tablets can all help with this. The trick is to gradually reduce the dose of nicotine so eventually you are no longer reliant on it.

Go cold turkey
This method works for some and not for others, so it is all about finding what is right for you. Ditch all of your cigarettes and try to go without a smoke. The first few days may be tough, but you have to fight to stick with it. Do things to keep your mind active and away from the thought of cigarettes.

Cut out the things that make you smoke
If you notice a pattern to your smoking behaviour, try to cut it out. For instance, if you like to have a cigarette with a cup of tea, stop having your tea. After a while you will stop associating that thing with cigarettes and it will be easier to enjoy it without one.

Think positively
Whatever you do, keep thinking positively. This isn’t an easy thing to do, so even if you have only so far managed a few days of not smoking, that is great. Consider the wins and keep going.There are lots of success stories out there, and you are just as likely to become one. Good luck!