Follow the START approach to quit smoking. S=Set a start date. T=Tell your family. A=Anticipate challenges. R=Remove cigarettes. T=Talk to your doctor for help. It is normal for anyone trying to quit smoking to go through the following emotional stages, denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance, and complacency. Put down the reason why you want to quit smoking on a piece of paper. This way you can read them when your motivation level drops.
Start on your quit smoking plan before your will gives away. Remove everything that reminds you of smoking. Wash your clothes and clean your car to remove the smell of smoke. When chain smokers leave smoking, their blood sugar levels drop, giving them mood swings. Drinking fruit juices or fresh fruits will provide natural fructose to compensate for this loss.
Diverting your mind by talking to a friend, eating, walking, etc. when you feel the urge to smoke will help you quit smoking. Mark each day that you did not smoke on the calendar in red, look at it every time you feel like giving up. Drink lots of water as it has been observed to reduce the craving.
Instead of setting up a goal of going without cigarettes for a year, set smaller, more achievable goals like a month or even a week. Every time you achieve a goal of going smoke free, reward yourself. This will keep you motivated & on track the program. Quitting smoking will not only give you health benefits but will also save you money. Keep a track of the money you have saved & spend it on something to reward yourself.
Did you know, it has been observed that if a chain smoker gets his teeth cleaned, he/she might not feel like smoking again?
Every time you have an urge to smoke do the following, take 10 deep breathes, drink water, eat a snack (begin with candy & go on to healthy snacks like carrots, etc.). If you are substituting food for cigarette, take care to have low calorie food snacks like sugarless gums, popcorn without butter, etc.
It’s a good idea to keep your fingers busy with pencils, paper clips, etc to replace the feeling of a cigarette in your hands.
One should avoid acidic foods like, dairy products, meat, tea, coffee, etc., as smokers should follow a 20% acidic 80% alkaline food balance, for faster results. Taking Vit.C as it will help you cope with the withdrawal symptoms associated with trying to quit smoking better.
Did you know, drinking radish juice mixed with a little honey, twice a day has been seen to increase your body’s defense against smoking?
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