Ten Unique Ways to Quit Smoking
There are many ways to quit smoking, and many things you can do to prevent cravings. Before I get started, please let me tell you that if you do not want to quit, then nothing will work. You will have to struggle and want it more anything. You have to constantly tell yourself that you hate cigarettes, and you never want to smoke again. Don't set a special date to quit. Throw that pack in you pocket in the trash. Throw the lighter away too. Clear your life of all of the stressful things that you possibly can, and mentally focus on the big picture. Now that you are ready, I would like to tell you about ten unique ways to help you that you may not have thought about yet.
Candles, Incense & Mosquito Repellent
Candles and incense are good for helping to quit smoking. Aromatherapy, in particular, is used to help alter your mood. When quitting smoking, you can become stressed more easily. By using this method, it will help you to stay calm more often. Not only that, but it still lets off a smoke that can give you the feeling that you have had that warm smokey feeling flow through your lungs. Essentially, it could help your craving. As far as mosquito repellant, I am referring for when you go outdoors. They make a mosquito repellent that is burned in the same style as incense, typically manufactured in a coil form.
Listen to Music
Listening to music has often been referred to as 'the gateway to your soul'. Calming and soothing music can relax the body and relieve stress from your mind. Music has been proven to improve your workout and even help with memory loss. It is no doubt that by selecting the right genre, you can reduce your cravings and improve your mood.
If You Can Prevent It, Don't Drive
You have been working all day and running errands. You're about to go home, but you haven't had one cigarette all day. It is so easy to be tempted to stop at the corner store. If you have the weekend off, don't go anywhere. Take a nap during the day, as quitting smoking will make you feel tired anyway. I am not saying that you should use quitting smoking as a reason to quit your job too. But when it is preventable, stay away from smokers and places that you can relate to smoking.
Have Some Wine
Many people will tell you that if you quit smoking, that you shouldn't drink. I am here to tell you, that I think that you should not change some habits. Yes, getting wasted will probably make you so drunk that you won't be able to remember if you even had a cigarette last night. What I am saying is that a beer doesn't hurt to take the edge off. The reason that I am suggesting wine here, is that it is actually a better replacement than any of the other alternative alcohols. A glass of wine per day is proven to improve your cardiovascular system, so now you can take the edge off and still do it in an appropriate and healthy manner. Not only that, but wine is made from grapes which can help prevent cravings.
Eat More Fruit
It is proven that eating fruits such as bananas, berries, and grapes can help prevent cravings. You will want to avoid spicy foods though, as they can cause you to have more cravings. Vegetables and dairy products can also help you quit smoking. While quitting smoking, you may find that you want to eat more and you may even gain a few extra pounds. Eating fruits as a snack can help keep your weight down while quitting smoking, as they are a natural laxative and not full of fats or carbohydrates.
Don't Put Reminders Everywhere
What I mean is, don't go downloading the app on your phone that tells you how many days it has been since you quit smoking. Don't put a letter on your door that tells you why you shouldn't smoke. Don't put that constant reminder in your face, when it's already in your head. That temptation will slowly make it's way out of your head, but not with a thousand reminders all over your house. Take it one day at a time. Don't think about forever, just think about today. And when you wake up in the morning, just think about today again. Never make quitting smoking about forever.
Take a Vacation
Take a vacation to wherever it is that you want to go. Imagine that your on the beach while sipping a Corona in your swimsuit. If you were that content, would you really need a cigarette also? Do not turn it into something stressful, just go and relax. Don't worry about the cost of the plane ticket or the long flight there, as these things will not help at all. You want to just go and fulfill you desires and dreams and relieve any stress from your life that you may have. Some rest and relaxation will surely help in preventing your cravings. I am pretty sure if you were in your dream world, you would have everything that you need, and it would be enough.
Don't Use Alternative Methods, Safe or Not
Many people go for items like the E-Cig when trying to quit smoking. I recently had a customer who was a chain smoker. It was the very first time that I met him, and I came into his house and watched him as he had smoked one cigarette after another. I had asked him about why he smoked so much. Apparently, he had try to revert over to the E-Cig. This alternative form of smoking had completely coated his lungs with the oils used in that product. He had to have one of his lungs removed. So he went back to what he considered 'the safer method' of just smoking plain old cigarettes. As far as dip and chew, I think I would rather have lung cancer than to have my mouth rot off of my face. None of these are safe. If you want to live a healthy lifestyle, whether it is for you or your family or just the fact that smoking is ruining your life, then you need to quit all forms of tobacco and it's alternatives.
Find Your Natural High
There are a lot of physical activities out there that can release chemicals from your body to give you that good feeling, also known as a natural high. These can involve things like running, swimming, yoga, or even intercourse. Not only will this help you quit smoking, but it will help with any depression, stress, or lack of morale that you may have. It will also help with your bodily appearance as well as your self-image.
Follow Your Passion
Being passionate about something gives you that drive to keep your mind off of cigarettes. For example, if you are a blogger, then blog like you have never blogged before. Turn your blogs into a website. Make a career out of it. Turn that constant thought of cigarettes into a constant thought of blogging. Use that extra income that you have from quitting smoking to invest into your passion. Turn your life into that life that you have always wanted, and the constant thoughts about quitting smoking will soon fade away.
I hope that these ten items have helped you with your search on quitting smoking. Everyone quits for different reason, and everyone has different methods that work. But I hope that I have opened up some new ideas for struggling quitters to add to here list of things to try. Remember, you will only quit if it is really what you want. It will be a long journey, as most people say that around nine months is when they stop having cravings on a daily basis. Just take it one day at a time, and you will get there.