All smokers are aware of the fact that smoking damages health significantly and shortens the lifetime. However, the only small percentage of smokers manages to quit smoking once forever since nicotine from cigarettes offers a great way of relieving stress. More than 80% of smokers confirmed that they started smoking because they felt much more relaxed after a cigarette. Therefore, it is clear that inhaling nicotine is nothing but a bad habit that takes your stress away, leaving you smelling like an ashtray.
Some people prefer the traditional “cold turkey” method where you suddenly reject cigarettes, and you don’t want to smoke them anymore. Even though it works for some people, some people don’t like to take this method as their primary way of quitting since they often restart their smoking habits after some time. Many types of researches reported that the best way to quit smoking is to make a detailed plan about it. You need to consider many things – are you a heavy smoker, is there any social gatherings, people or places that you associate with smoking, are you smoking more when you are under the stress and many other. If you are not a heavy smoker, a simple nicotine patch will do the job, and in a few days you will not have any “wish for cigarettes”. Otherwise, you will need to answer the questions above
After you answer these questions, you can START quitting. Why did I write START, you will find out below – it is a great method of quitting that has “unique approach” to the problem.
S-set a date, usually within the two weeks, to prepare yourself and to eliminate the possibility of losing motivation.
T-tell your friends that you want to quit and you need their support. Find one that also wants to quit and help each other.
A – anticipate and plan a way of eliminating your appetite for nicotine.
R – remove all lighters, ashtrays, matches, and cigarettes to minimalize the appetite for cigarettes.
T- talk to doctors if you have a wild desire for cigarettes. Try getting medication if you can’t handle the problem well. This is the last stage of the process, and if you manage to prevent yourself from taking any medications, you are good to go.
Try to keep your mind busy and try to relax. When you have a to-do list, you will not think about smoking and withdrawal process. Relaxing, like taking a warm bath or meditating, will give you much better enjoyment than cigarettes would. At that point, you will realize that smoking is anything but healthy and good for you.