The New Year is around the corner and many of us will be making resolutions. A popular one will be to quit smoking. Although this is a wonderful goal which can improve a person’s quality of life dramatically, it is also a difficult one to achieve.
As a result, you may need more than the patch to become nicotine free. So below are some tips to help you along your new journey.
1) Get a support group. Regardless of whether you’ve been smoking for one year or thirty years, you’ll need someone to depend on through this journey. As a result, in order to improve your success potential, join or form a group of at least two people. This group will be your cheerleader and accountability partners along your way to kicking your cigarette habit.
2) Rearrange your schedule. If you always smoke on your morning and afternoon breaks at works, it might be time to change them. By going to break early, you’ll beat your urge to smoke. Then, you’ll end up working through the time you want to smoke. The same theory can be applied to someone who works at home. Fill the time that you normally would smoke with another activity like grocery shopping in order to change your habit.
3) Get medical attention. Consult your physician when you decide to smoke. He or she may be able to prescribe you medication that will help you quit smoking. Your doctor can also give you additional information on what specifically may help you succeed in breaking your nicotine habit.
4) Have a few tricks handy to help you fight a nicotine fit. The biggest challenge you’ll face as you quit smoking is what to do when you have a major nicotine craving. This craving can occur even when you’re on medication prescribed to help you quit. So here’s a few ways to give you an edge in overcoming your bout with nicotine:
A. Alka-Seltzer. Drinking a mixture of Alka-Seltzer (two tablets) and water in order to get short-term relief from nicotine withdrawals.
B. Tang. Drinking several glasses of Tang helps ease nicotine pangs. It has to do with the ascorbic acid in it which raises the acid level in your urine, thus, clearing nicotine from your body quicker.
C. Carrots and Celery. Keep carrots and celery sticks in a Ziploc Storage Bag so you have something healthy to munch on when you crave a cigarette.
5) Document your journey. It’s important to keep notes on your progress towards becoming nicotine free. If you can see it in writing, you’ll be able to track the circumstances that lead you towards smoking and which ones lead you away. This will help you be more successful.
6) Don’t give up! Giving up cigarettes is just like going on a diet. Just because you have one (or two) bad days doesn’t mean you give up all together. If you find yourself picking up a cigarette again just 30 days into your fight, regroup and try again. Maybe you’ll go to 45 days the next time without picking up a cigarette. Either way, you’ll never know if you give up.
If you incorporate these five tips in your war against nicotine, you’ll succeed. However, if you’re still unsure or maybe just not motivated, here are a few facts to light a fire under you. They’ll help you understand that its better to suffer the pangs of nicotine withdrawal versus continuing the habit of lighting up every day.
* Smoking not only causes emphysema and cancer, it also causes bad breath, gum disease, heart palpitations, impotence, conception problems, indigestion, memory problems, night blindness, poor blood circulation and ulcers.
* In 1997 alone, according to the American Cancer Society, an estimate 160,400 Americans died from lung cancer.
* Sigmund Freud smoked twenty cigars a day and developed cancer of the jaw and palate.
* The Liggett Group, the fifth-largest tobacco company in the United States, admitted that tobacco companies have sought for years to sell their products to children as young as fourteen. They don’t sound like the type of people you’d want to support with your money.
* Smoking can trigger asthma, worsen bronchitis and exacerbate tinnitus.