5 Ways to Quit Smoking

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Photo Credit: † massimo ankor via photopin cc

Smoking cigarettes is one of the most addictive habits you can start. It has been made very obvious through various scientific studies and research that cigarettes contain so many toxins and other harsh chemicals that can be destructive to your body. Cigarettes highly effect your lungs, heart, and effect so many of your organs all the way down to your skin complexion.

While those who smoke are very aware of this dangerous, habit forming toxin that is a cigarette, it is extremely difficult to stop smoking them. However, thanks to new scientific findings and just a little will power and motivation, you can begin your journey to being cigarette free. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

1) Create a Stop-Smoking Plan– Set a goal date on the day you want to begin your journey to quit smoking, but make sure it is a few weeks in the future so that you can mentally prepare yourself for it. Write that date down somewhere that you will constantly be reminded of it. Make sure it is not a date too far in the future so that you don’t talk yourself out of it. This plan will help set a goal so that you are motivated to achieve it.

2) Pick someone to hold you accountable– Pick a family member, significant other, friend, coworker (preferably a non-smoker)– tell the chosen person of your desire and plan to stop smoking and have them help hold you accountable to your goal. That brings another person into the situation that you will not want to let down other than yourself. If you are slowly weening yourself off of cigarettes, have this person be in charge of your packs of cigarettes and that way they will monitor your cigarette intake.

3) Fight off your cravings– Upon quitting smoking, you will find yourself in dire need of a cigarette and have a lot of cravings. Pick something that will help you get through the craving. Take slow deep breaths, chew a piece of gum, gnaw on a carrot or fruit, or take a drink of water and hold it in your mouth. No matter what tactic you use, it is better than succumbing to your cravings and having a cigarette.

4) Reward yourself– Pick some way to reward and celebrate each day or whatever time frame that you don’t have a cigarette. This will keep you motivated.

5) Turn to your doctor or medical professional– Talking to your doctor and seeking support from them will help you in the long run. Doctors are full of helpful information and will give you the support you need to make the journey to being cigarette-free.

It doesn’t matter how you stop smoking, it only matters that you do. Never be afraid to seek help and support from others during this difficult journey. The benefits of quitting smoking will literally save your life.

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