Quitting smoking is one of the best decisions you can make for you and your loved ones. Smoking is harmful in many ways, and can even be fatal in most cases. Smoking slowly causes heart problems, lung difficulties, throat issues, breathing complications and can even cause premature death. Here are few tips on quitting smoking:
Quitting smoking is a huge step and one that requires a lot of support. If you have any friends or family members who are also smokers looking to quit smoking, you can quit together. If you have someone who is going through the same withdrawal symptoms with you, you two can support each other and encourage each other to not relapse and start smoking again. If you do not have any friends or family who are thinking about quitting smoking, you can still get their support. Talk to them and explain to them that you might be more irritable than usual in the few weeks after you quit smoking. Additionally, you can tell them to expect some changes in your eating habits, sleep cycle, etc.
Choose a quit day
With any bad habit, we as humans, tend to put off quitting to another day, which is why you should select a quit day. Mark a specific date in the near future on your calendar and decide that that is the day you quit smoking forever. You may think about postponing the date, but tell a loved one your quit date, so that they can encourage you to go through with your plans on that date. Ideally, you should choose a date that you will have the day off work, as the worst withdrawal symptoms occur in the first twenty four hours. Remember, the withdrawal symptoms won’t last forever and there will come a day where you won’t even be tempted to smoke again.
Never give up
You might quit smoking for a week and then you might start smoking again, but don’t give up. No matter how many times you relapse and start smoking again, you have to try and quit over and over again. Progress isn’t made overnight and if you quit for longer periods each time, there may come a day where you will finally get rid of the bad habit for good. Keep in mind that your body starts to feel healthier just a short while after you quit smoking. Just one year after quitting smoking your risk of getting heart disease is cut in half.