Quitting smoking is easier said than done. Nicotine, which is the addictive substance found in the cigarette, makes smokers crave for more despite their desire to kick this unhealthy habit. But we only say it’s difficult. We never said it’s impossible. To help you get through this challenging task, here are 5 ways to resist smoking.
Delay then Distract
One of the most effective strategies to get away from your cigarette craving is to tell yourself that you would wait first for 10 minutes and then use this time you’ve bought for yourself to do something else. Create a diversion that will make you forget about your craving. Just make sure that the distraction you create will completely derail your attention away from smoking, such as watching your favorite movie, going out with your friends, or making a DIY (do-it-yourself) project. This technique is effective because most urges pass after a while. Repeat this strategy as needed.
Stop Having “Just One”
If you want to quit smoking, cold turkey is the best method. Even if you’re tempted to have even just one cigarette, don’t give in to that temptation. Stop fooling yourself that you can quit one cigarette at a time. If you want to quit slowly without nicotine withdrawal symptoms, use a nicotine patch or nicotine gum then slowly decrease your nicotine consumption until you are able to get away from it completely.
Stay Away from Triggers
Most smokers would agree that certain places or situations make them want to grab a stick of cigarette. These can be anything from work pressure or boredom to any place like bars and restaurants. While you’re in the process of quitting smoking, identify your triggers and do your best to stay away from them. If that’s not possible, alter the situation in such a way that you won’t be tempted to smoke. For example, if you used to smoke while watching television, why not make yourself a bucket of tasty popcorn instead? Also, if you used to meet your friends regularly at the bar for no other reason than drinking and smoking, why not suggest that all of you meet at the basketball court instead for some active a pickup game?
Do Physical Activities
Physical activities are useful in distracting you from your smoking habit. Even a few minutes of exercise can get rid of the craving instantaneously. Go out for some brisk walking around the neighborhood. Invite your friends for a group jog around beautiful areas in your vicinity. Before going to work, do some stretching, squats or running in place. Of course, physical work doesn’t always have to be standard exercises. It can also be house chores like cleaning the house or taking the dogs for a walk. It can also mean engaging in sports like tennis, basketball, or even Frisbee. Anything that gets your muscles working can do well not only for your cigarette-quitting endeavor but also for your overall health.
Have a Support Group
Sometimes, it’s much easier to quit smoking when someone is rooting for you. You may join organizations that cater to this specific purpose. If not, you can round up your family or friends for some moral boost. Getting together with people who matter would give you feelings of satisfaction that would help lessen the need to puff a cigarette stick.