Given the resources available to help you quit smoking, you would think it is a cinch right? Of course, giving up is never easy. Cold turkey, replacement therapies and distraction techniques are just a few of the methods that can be utilized to help you give up, coupled with the hard facts that are thrown at you from health professionals.
The reasons to quit have certainly piled up. According to most respected studies, not only does smoking cause harmful effects on nearly every organ in your body, it is also one of the underlying causes for many illnesses and diseases, such as cancer. None of this even mentions the fact that smoking empties your wallet at an alarming rate; moreover, it is getting harder to find somewhere to smoke when you are out and about.
Do you want to quit?
People decide to quit smoking for a variety of reasons. Estimates across the world report that around 70% of smokers say they want to quit, but only 10% who attempt to stop are successful at any one time. So, to help you maximise your chances, Lawyers 4 Patients have complied the top five ways to help you stop and stay smoke free.
Five ways to help you quit
1. Tell family and friends about your plans and ask them to help you stick to it. The more people that know about your desire to quit smoking, the greater the chance you will be berated when you are tempted to light up. Draw on that support network whenever you feel yourself weakening. The problem here is that some of these friends may also be smokers themselves. Tell them your plans and that for at least the first week into your new life you may not be able to see them, as being around people who are smoking is going to make it harder for you. This doesn’t mean you can’t see them again, just not for a week or so! If they are true friends, this should not represent a major issue.
2. For many, smoking is a habit that is enjoyed at regular times of the day, such as after a meal. So, after a meal go for a walk, telephone your friend or play with the kids. Do anything but light up.
3. The range of gums, patches and sprays on the market is huge and all products are designed to help you quit. One warning, though, is that prolonged use does seem to cause similar withdrawals to smoking itself, so instead try chewing regular chewing gum or clean your teeth when you feel the urge to light up.
4. Throw away any ashtrays and leftover cigarettes. You are stopping this habit for the rest of your life, so you do not need them in your home any more.
5. Think of the spare cash you have left over. Save it for little treats when you reach certain milestones, such as your first smoke-free week, month or year. Put the extra cash towards that holiday or car you have been dreaming about or simply put it in the piggy bank and watch it grow.
Anyone who has tried to quit smoking knows how hard it can be, but with willpower and a combination of these tips, you will be able to maximise your chances of staying smoke free for the rest of your life.
This blog post was written by blogger Jamie Knop on behalf of Lawyers 4 Patients.