Did you know that 70% of smokers want to quit smoking? Quitting smoking is far away from easy, but you should not be discouraged by multiple attempts or by the strong urge to smoke. For most smokers, urge to smoke is too powerful to resist. First thing that you should know is that urge to light up is strong but short-lived.You can find your 5 minutes routine that will help you fight that urge. Each time you resist the urge to smoke, you are one step closer to stop smoking for good. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, about 48 million adults are former smokers. That means that millions of people managed to quit and so can you.
Know why are you quitting smoking?
Write down all the reasons why you should quit smoking: to live healthier life, to protect your family from second-hand smoking, to save money… Write as many reasons as you can and remind yourself why are you quitting every time you the have the urge to smoke.
Try Nicotine-Replacement Therapy
Nicotine-replacement therapy can help you deal with the feeling of frustration and depression while trying to quit smoking. Using nicotine gum and patches will help you double your chances of quitting smoking successfully.
Ask for Help
Tell your friends, family members and co-workers that you are trying to quit smoking. You can always ask for a professional to help you quit. Combination of behavioral therapy, nicotine-replacement therapy or medication will be the best combination to fight the urge to smoke.
The most common triggers are alcohol, coffee or smoking after a meal. Try to avoid alcohol or any other activity that triggers smoking. Find replacement for the activity that triggers smoking or find replacement for smoking e.g. chewing gum after a meal.
Replace nicotine addiction with healthier “addiction”. Jog, do yoga or go hiking! When you have the urge to smoke, go to the gym instead. Healthier options and replacements will help you fight a tobacco craving.
Change Your Diet
It is not a good idea to be on a diet and to fight the urge to smoke at the same time. Too much deprivation will probably not work either way for you. Try adding more fruits, veggies and low-fat dairy products to your diet, but have a bowl of ice cream if that is something that will help you to quit smoking.
Don’t Give Up
Many smokers had to try several times before they finally quit smoking for good. Examine the reasons why you failed for the first or second time and try again and again. The long term benefits of quitting are worth of frustration that you might feel today or tomorrow.
Do it for Your Health
If you don’t smoke for one day, the carbon monoxide level in your blood returns to normal. After two weeks or three months, the risk of heart attack is lower and your lungs will function way better. Your body will defiantly be thankful once you stop smoking for good.