10 Useful Tips for Quitting Smoking
Whether you’re trying to quit smoking by using a cheap electronic cigarette or by going cold turkey, you need help, that’s for sure. Quitting smoking can be one of the hardest things you will have to do in your life and some of us here at 10Awesome know that all too well. We’ve talked and joined forces to come up with some useful tips for you, our smoker readers and we really hope they help you quit. The most important thing is to want to quit. Mark Twain uttered one of his most famous quotes about smoking: quitting smoking is easy I’ve done it a thousand times. Maybe with these tips you’ll only have to do it once… or twice. So, here they are!
10. Be Prepared
It is vital that you are prepared for the changes that will happen to you. You will go through withdrawal, you will get angry, you will have moments of weakness and you will crave cigarettes. Read more about what your body goes through, so that nothing will catch you by surprise.
9. Pay Attention to Your Body
Listen to your body. See what how it reacts and what you could do to help it. For example, you’re in stressful situation (research shows that the best moment to quit is when you are in a good point in your life) and you feel like smoking – think about what else would bring you comfort and make you feel alright. There has to be something else!
Meditation can really help the body and mind relax so it’s a good idea to give it a shot. Learn how to meditate and do it for at least fifteen minutes a day. You’ll feel like a new person after that and you’ll have calmed down. You can even try doing some Yoga!
7. Cut Down on Cigarettes
This method doesn’t work for everybody, but when it does work, it works wonders. Let’s say you smoke a pack a day. You could start cutting down to 15 for two weeks, then to 10, and so on and so forth, until you quit altogether. It takes a lot of discipline and will power but it is gradual and you won’t feellittle or no of the symptoms of the withdrawal.
6. Replace Cigarettes
Once you’ve quit, find a hobby, find something to replace cigarettes with and do it quickly. Get into a sport, go for walks with your kids or dog or by yourself, don’t let yourself have moments where you could be bored and in need of a cigarette. But no matter what you do, don’t replace cigarettes with food. It is a common mistake that will add a few good pounds. If you feel like snacking, snack on something like carrots, apples or the dreaded celery sticks.
Studies have shown that acupuncture does help individuals who want to quit smoking. Auricular acupuncture (acupuncture of the ear) will help curb cravings by 70%. We think that is a good statistic and you should give acupuncture a shot!
4. Nicotine Patches and Gum
Nicotine replacement therapy (or NRT) works because your body is addicted to the nicotine found inside the cigarettes. Once you feed that addiction, you should be fine, although there is a mental addiction also when it comes to smoking. Nevertheless, nicotine gums and patches will help calm you down when you feel the need to light up.
3. Electronic Cigarettes
Try getting a cheap electronic cigarette and see if it works for you. It’s also part of NRT, but because you actually get to smoke something it helps a little better than nicotine gum and patches. There are so many brands out there, do a little research before you buy one.
2. The Allen Carr Method
Many have succeeded with the Allen Carr Method: his books or his seminars. You get the help you need and want and are guided by professionals. If you want to get a taste of what it’s all about try reading his book: Allen Carr’s Easy Way to Stop Smoking.
1. Cold Turkey
We think this is the best method there is out there, but it is also the hardest one to do. If you do succeed, the probability to start again is much lower than with any of the methods presented above. Muster up the courage and try it! It’s you against the cancer sticks!
We really hope these tips help you quit smoking! If you have any more tips for us or for our readers, feel free to comment below. How did you quit? Did you use a cheap electronic cigarette? Did you go cold turkey? Or do you think acupuncture saved you?