Top ten tips to quit smoking
If you’re trying to kick the habit, an electric cigarette could satisfy your craving.
1. Have a reason to quit
Quitting smoking will require motivation and willpower. Write a list of the reasons why you want to stop and put them somewhere obvious so you can look at them when you may be tempted. Tell your friends and family so they can give you support and encouragement through the tough times.
2. Be prepared for cravings
Research has shown that people are likely to light up after drinking alcohol, fizzy drinks and caffeine. So next time you head out, alternate your drinks with juice, non-alcoholic versions and that all important H2O.
3. Change your routine
Think about when you are most likely to smoke during the day, then change your routine to avoid temptation. Remove all traces of smoking from your house, car and office and have your electric cigarette at the ready.
4. Keep boredom at bay
How many times have you lit up just because you’ve got nothing else to do? Try to keep busy so you don’t end up craving a cigarette. Listen to your iPod, read a book or take up a new hobby.
5. Watch out for weight gain
Unfortunately, weight gain is a common side effect of stopping smoking. Try to avoid fatty foods and fill your fridge with healthy snacks.
6. Smoke an electric cigarette
You may not necessarily be craving a cigarette but instead just want something to put in your mouth. Mints, chewing gum, carrot sticks or your electric cigarette make great substitutes. If you start to feel tempted, refer back to your list of reasons for quitting.
7. Get hydrated
Increase the amount of fluids you consume. The more you drink, the quicker you will be able to get rid of the toxins in your body that are causing the withdrawal symptoms.
8. Stay positive
Each year, three million people in the UK try to quit smoking. Those who succeed have usually tried up to four times. It’s normal to have a relapse, but try to stay focused. Keep track of how long you quit then try to improve that next time.
9. Anticipate the symptoms
Research shows once you stop smoking you may suffer from a number of symptoms such as nausea, headaches, or a ‘smokers’ cough. These symptoms are a result of your body craving nicotine and are perfectly normal. Fortunately they will ease over time.
10. Go cold turkey
Set yourself a date to stop smoking completely. Research shows if you gradually reduce the number of cigarettes you consume, you could still be inhaling the same amount of nicotine as you smoke for longer so it is better to knock it on the head the first day.