Smoking is very harmful not only for those who smoke but also for those who are around them. And we read this in the newspaper and also see this on TV that we should try to quit smoking as it kills. For this sole purpose, even the government has also taken steps to remove tobacco products from the market and ban smoking in public places.
So if you have decided to quit smoking. Then Congratulations To You!.... But your first day without cigarettes can be difficult very difficult. So just to help you here are five steps you can take to handle your quit days and be confident about not wavering and being able to stay quit.
Step1. Make a Quitting Plan
Having a plan can help to make your quit days easier. A quit plan and guide gives you ways to stay focused, motivated , and confident to quit. You can build your own plan or find a quitting program run by different NGO’s or other organizations that works for you. Not every single approach to quitting works for everyone. So be honest about your needs. If using nicotine gums and nicotine replacement therapy is part of your plan, then be sure to start using it first thing in the morning.
Step2. Try To Stay Busy
Keeping yourself busy helps you to focus on other things and is a great way to stay smoke-free on your quit day. Being busy doing other tasks will give you less time to be free and so it will help you keep your mind off smoking and distract you from cravings. Think about trying some of these activities:
Chew gum or hard candy all the time.
Get out of the house for a walk.
Keep your hands busy with a pen, hand toys or toothpick, or play a game on your Smartphone or any other game you can find to keep your hand busy.
Drink lots and lots of water.
Relax with taking deep breathing exercise.
Go to see a movie.
Spend time with non-smoking friends and family.
Step3. Avoid Things That Triggers Smoking
Triggers are the people, things, places, and situations that set off your urges to smoke. On your quit day, try to avoid all such triggers. Here are some tips to help you control some common smoking triggers:
Throw away your lighters, cigarettes, and ashtrays if you haven’t already.
Spend time with non-smokers.
Avoid caffeine as can make you feel jittery. Try drinking water instead.
Go to places where smoking is not allowed.
Step4. Always Stay Positive
Quitting smoking can be difficult. Try not to think of quitting to take as forever but try to pay attention to today and the time will add up. It helps to stay positive. Your quit day might not be a perfect one it is not something to be worried about, but then again all that matters is that you don’t smoke—not even one puff.
Step5. Ask for Help If Needed
You don’t need to rely on yourself and willpower alone to be smoke-free. Tell your family and friends help you out and when you are starting off with your quit days. Ask them for support and help to get through the rough spots. Just let them know exactly how they can support you and just don’t assume they’ll know.
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