Every year 13 March is celebrated as No Smoking Day. On such a great occasion let’s plan to quit the hazardous smoking and live a healthy and peaceful life. Quitting smoking can be an overwhelming task. If you break it down into few smaller steps it starts to feel more doable.
Here are top 10 tips to quit smoking:
1. Make a list of reasons to quit smoking. Spend time thinking about why do you want to quit. Then write down the reasons, post it somewhere (like on refrigerator, in the bed room) and let the list remind you every time of all the reasons. Look at it every time you are tempted to have smoking.
2. Decide one ‘quit date’ and then stick to it. If you are quitting by yourself, then it is recommended that you quit it completely on the quit date.
3. Get as much support as you can from your family, friends, colleagues at workplace. Let them know you are planning to quit smoking and you want their help. Ask smokers not to smoke around you or to offer you cigarettes.
4. Throw away all the cigarettes, ashtrays, lighters or anything that might remind you of smoking. Clean your house, clothes, car to remove the smell of smoke.
5. Identify your personal triggers for smoking beforehand, and write them down. Avoid parties, having alcohol, coffee that can tempt you to smoke in the early stages of quitting or until you feel stronger. Learn deep breathing, yoga and meditation techniques for quick relaxation and to replace the urge to smoke.
6. Drink lots of water or fresh fruit juices. It helps to flush out nicotine from your body and reduce the intensity of withdrawal symptoms.
7. Keep objects around that you can put in your mouth. Items such as carrots, hard candy, even straws can give you something to do when you really carve a cigarette. Some people find chewing regular minty gum helpful, it also helps keep your mouth feeling fresh. You may find it helpful to hold something like a pen in your hand when you are talking, even when you are on phone.
8. If you drink a lot of coffee, you may also want to cut down on your coffee intake as you will retain more caffeine when there is no nicotine in your system. Feeling jittery will not help your plan to quit. It may also be best to avoid alcohol as many people find it hard to resist smoking when they drink.
9. If you find you are losing motivation to quit, remind yourself of many medical and financial benefits of quitting. Quitting will surely decrease your risk of heart disease, lung disease.
10. Reward yourself. Definitely reward yourself after the first day, 1 week, 1 month, 6 months, a year of quitting. Make a good reward that you look forward to – books, CDs, clothes, a bike or a dinner at your favourite restaurant whatever you can afford. Even better – take all that you would have spent on smoking each day and collect it in a jar.
Best of Luck!!