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How to quit smoking - Some Useful Tips
Quitting smoking is rarely easy. Like anything worth doing, it takes effort and determination. As well, it's common for smokers to substitute when trying to quit. Nicotine patches, chocolate, candy, gum, or even just food that happens to be lying around the kitchen. Many smokers are torn between gaining weight (a commonly accepted side effect of quitting) and their deteriorating lungs.
Some great tips I've heard and read along my journey to quitting are as follows:
- The craving will pass, whether or not you have a cigarette. Having a cigarette merely tamps the craving quicker -- but it will pass, regardless.
- Drink lots of water and natural fruit juices. Nicotine can stay in your system for up to a week after you've smoked your last cigarette. The best defense is a good offense -- flush your system with liquids.
- The other benefit to drinking lots of liquid is that you won't be snacking on random tidbits of food or candy if you're carrying a water bottle around with you.
- It's common sense that when you're trying to break a habit, you avoid those places where you indulge in the habit. I don't know about you, but I tend to smoke in car and while walking, neither of which activities I want to avoid. Try and think up alternate (safe!) activities to employ your hands when out and about like this.
- Set realistic goals for yourself. As well, don't give up completely if you have a cigarette. It's much like dieting, in that regard: You shouldn't give up on the entire diet and binge like a wanting thing in wanting town just because you had a tiny piece of cake. Well, don't give up on youself because you slipped and had one smoke last week. It's not that big a deal; just pull yourself up by your bootstraps and aim for better next week.
- Excercise. More excercise = better shape = less likely to want a cigarette. Plus, you're helping to improve the damage you did to your lungs with every mile you run.
- Reward yourself. So you've made it a week without a cigarette -- what do you think you earned? Don't be too extravagant -- wait until you've gone a year to break out the big rewards. But do reward yourself for success.