Smoking is a silent killer! It brings you under its control that it becomes difficult to get over it. Quitting smoking requires your mind, body and soul to work in the same dedicated smoke free path. Our clinical psychologist Saba Jivnani shares how you can stay strong in your goal and lead a healthy lifestyle.
Sip Cold Water
Sipping cold water through a straw can help replace the act of sucking on a cigarette. It also releases dopamine, a feel-good brain chemical that can help ease bad moods, research shows.
Eat Small Meals
Eating small meals can also help you get past the urge to smoke. Eating small meals can also help you get past the urge to smoke. Choose lean, healthy foods to avoid weight gain.
Be in No smoking zone
When the need to smoke strikes, go somewhere you can’t light up. You can divert your mind by reading a book. Taking a small walk and refreshing you mind or watch a movie if you have time. The more distracting the place is, the easier it will be to ride out cravings.
Recall your reasons why to quit smoking
Make up a list of all your reasons to stop smoking.Create sticky notes and post them wherever you spend time, in kitchen, at office, beside the bed, next to the mirror.Stick them up where they are easy to see, so you’re reminded wherever you go.Some ex-smokers say they found it useful to put photos of family and loved ones alongside their reasons.
Bad Mood may walk in easily
Negative emotions like stress, anger, frustration, irritation – are common reason that follows up after quitting.Mood swings walk with everyone, and chances are you’ll feel more than your fair share of them during the first few weeks of quitting. Get together with friends or do something else you really enjoy
Say no to Alcohol
Drinking is one of the reasons that people go back to smoking.Alcohol breaks down self-restraint, and that can erode your commitment to quitting.Many people also associate the act of drinking with smoking, so it may trigger you to smoke.
Ask someone to be there for you when you need support.The best choice is a friend who is also a past smoker.The most important is, who cares for you and wants you to quit smoking can help in tough times.
Be Patient & On Track
Once you make it through the first 2 weeks, you’re on your way to a lifetime free of nicotine addiction.Remember: One lapse doesn’t mean you’ve failed. Give yourself some time (Pamper yourself)Just consider what went wrong. Then think up ways to prevent the same problem from happening again.