Tips for quitting smoking for a healthier New Year
Smoking is, perhaps, the most unhealthy and deadliest habit to have. And it’s also one of the hardest habits to break. The withdrawal can be horrible. The potential weight gain, devastating. But, the alternative to quitting is far worse.
According to the Center For Disease Control, over 70% of Americans who smoke want to quit. They talk about it, they think about it and sometimes, they even try it. About half of them succeed and go on to become non-smokers.
Quitting smoking now can be the best present you give to your family and the best resolution you can make for yourself for 2013.
Create a list. Write down all the reasons why you want to quit smoking, no matter how small or large the reasons might be. Maybe it is for your kids or wanting to live a healthier lifestyle. In the end, the decision has to be yours and has to be for you. Keep that list with you as motivation throughout the process of quitting smoking. It will give you incentive to keep going.
Create a game plan. If quitting smoking is something you really want to do, do it. Set a date to quit so you have time to mentally and physically prepare yourself. Tell everyone you know that you are going to quit smoking, it will hold you accountable.
Create a route. There are many different techniques others have used to successfully quit smoking. Prescribed medication such as Zyban and Chantix are effective. Nicotine replacements such as the NicoDerm patch available online at Drugstore.com or drugstores like CVS and also, Nicotine Gum have helped people quit smoking for good. Now there are eCigarettes which can help in the quitting process, as well. While others have opted for Hypnosis or Acupuncture and swear by those methods. Whichever path you chose to take, don’t quit trying to quit.
Create a support system. Try quitting with a friend or family member who has been wanting to quit. It’s so much easier take a big step like quitting smoking when there is a person or network to stand beside you and support your journey.
Some little tips to consider: Chew mint gum, celery or hard candies every time you feel like having a cigarette, it helps to keep those oral fixations at bay. Drink a lot of water, it will aid in flushing out the toxins. Stay active and keep your mind busy. Talk walks, squeeze stress balls, jump up and down and scream if you need to. Don’t give up! You can do it!