Quit Smoking With These 9 Proven Alternatives
It is better to be late than never! Good wishes on your decision to quitting smoking. But, is the whole process sounding too much for you? Have you tried quitting twice now, but have failed drastically? Well, not anymore! There is a solution to every problem and smoking is no exception.
You can easily get rid of your habit to smoke by doing a few minor tweaks in your lifestyle here and there. Read the article further to find out the healthier alternatives that you need to adopt today in order to bid adieu to your habit of smoking.
1. Start an exercise regime
Starting an exercise regime is an ideal way to reduce your tendency to smoke. That’s perhaps because when you involve in physical activities, your mind focuses more on them and less on smoking. Studies show that replacing smoking with exercise reduces the chances of going back to it.
Exercising for half an hour every day is enough for beginners. Start with some moderate exercises like walking in places that offer fresh air. In course of time, you will realize that the positivity given by the fresh air will soon overtake the tobacco you once craved for. It is also a good idea to exercise in groups for better results.
2. Munch on carrots
A recent study concluded that consuming fresh fruits and vegetables curbs the habit of smoking. Having a carrot bowl nearby will at least reduce the number of cigarettes per day which is a good sign to start with. Chewing raw vegetables keeps your mouth busy and helps you forget about smoking for some time apart from providing nutrients like beta carotene and fibers which prevent constipation.
Keep a bowl of carrots nearby as it is one of the best smoking alternatives. Whenever you feel the urge to smoke, take a carrot and munch on it.
3. Ask for support
Calling a friend or family member is not a bad idea when it comes to asking for support. The next time you feel like lighting a cigarette, call up your dear ones who want you to put an end to this habit. Talk to them for some time and you will feel motivated. You might even take the help of telephone counselors who provide you guidance through phone and would help you in giving up smoking. You can also plan a hangout with your friends to distract your mind and further relax.
4. Keep yourselves busy
Keep your hands busy to prevent them from grabbing a cigarette. Involve yourself in activities which require the active participation of hands like knitting, cutting wood and the likes. All these are jobs that demand concentration, and so, help you in temporarily suspending the thought of smoking.
You can also indulge in creative art to keep yourself busy. Pursuing a hobby like painting, writing or cooking gives you more things to think about during the day. In the course of time, it is more likely that you will get adjusted to your new routine and forget about smoking.
5. Reward yourself for not smoking
Rewards work not only for children but with adults too. Reward yourselves when you fight against the urge of smoking. It could be anything like going to a movie or dinner at your favorite place. The advantage is that you will not be smoking when you are out.
Take a box and start putting money into it every time you feel like smoking. Later, you can use this money to treat yourself. This can be a great alternative to smoking cigarettes as you will end up feeling good about yourselves. Every time you look at the money box, you will remember the times when you gave up on smoking.
6. Remain hydrated
Are you one of those who tend to start their day by smoking and lighting a cigarette within 30 minutes of waking up? Needless to say, this affects your productivity of the whole day. It is thus highly recommended to start your day with a glass of water as soon as you get up. Drinking a glass of water in the morning helps in proper metabolism in addition to keeping you hydrated. Water is also essential to wash away the toxins from the body.
7. Breathing exercise
Practicing breathing exercise is one of the best ways to quit smoking. Make it a routine to do these exercises twice every day. This clears up your lungs and reduces stress and anxiety. Start the exercise by taking deep breaths – breathe in through your nose for five seconds and breathe out through your mouth for five seconds.
Doing this daily puts you through a habit of breathing fresh air thereby making you forget about smoking. The plus point is that you can do breathing exercises wherever you are, in the office or while taking a bath, however, it is highly recommended to practice it where there is ample supply of fresh air.
8. Stay away from smokers
Surround yourselves with people who contribute to your growth. Maintain a safe distance with people who inspire you to smoke. This is because people tend to smoke more often in social circles than when they are alone.
9. Switch to nicotine alternatives
Thankfully, with the advancements today, you now can actually control your nicotine intakes and thus quit smoking slowly and gradually with the help of electronic cigarettes. As per a recent survey, 85% of the 7,326 vapers were successfully able to quit smoking, while 50% of them were able to reduce their cigarette craving by 50%. That’s because of an array of e-liquids present in the market today which allow you to choose your own nicotine content. Thus, with the help of a nicotine level guide, you can choose the best custom made e-liquid for you. This would allow you to reduce the nicotine content in your e-liquid with each passing week and would gradually aid you in arriving at zero nicotine level, thus helping you in quitting smoking permanently.
Craving a cigarette lasts only about 5 minutes. When you see someone smoking, stop what you are currently doing and opt for something that requires more concentration. You can bring your favorite hobby to the workplace like crossword puzzles and the likes. Another option is to stock some healthy snacks while you are away from home. You may feel like smoking when blood sugar levels come down. So, keep some snacks handy for times like this.
Best wishes! Do let us know your experience in comments.
- Zack O'Hare