There are quite a few reasons that any smoker would seek help in quitting. I am sure that most of us know the health risks we are taking when we decide to smoke cigarettes, but if you are unfamiliar with these risks, here are some.
The risk of smoking cigarettes includes an increased risk of a heart disease, a heart attack, a stroke, and even increased the risk of lung cancer. These risks greatly reduce the longer one stops smoking cigarettes. Sometimes it can be difficult to stop without the right support or strategies.
Here we will list six helpful ways to stop smoking quickly. Whether you have tried to stop in the past or have never attempted but want to stop now, at least one of these tips can help you not fall back into the smoking habit.
1. Stay connected
Surprisingly there is a ton of support on the internet to help you successfully quit. There are websites and groups dedicated to providing support, articles, and discussion in hopes of helping at least one person quit smoking for good.
If you find that the support in these groups is not helping you, do not be afraid to start your own group where you make the rules and create content to motivate yourself and others to stop smoking.
2. Set A Date
Setting a date is another great way to make quitting easier. It is better if the date has some significance in your life. The more important the date is for the person trying to quit, the better the chances of quitting.
Some friends of mine have set their date to quit for their 30th birthday. Picking a date like this makes it more significant and motivating when trying to pick the perfect time to quit. Another significant date could be the birth of a child or a similar life event.
Setting a date to quit is a great way to get on the right track of quitting for good and it makes the quit date very real and attainable.
3. Get Help To Quit
Like many habits, having support from family and friends can help make quitting easier. The great thing about having help when you stop smoking is that when the urge to smoke a cigarette gets too strong to control on your own, you can reach out to family members and friends that want to support you in this process. When you decide to quit, figure out who you can count on to help.
4. Scent Therapy
Cigarette smoke smells bad and once you quit it will become more apparent of how awful cigarette smoke smells. Reminding yourself of the way it affects your hygiene and how it makes your favorite clothes smell can be especially helpful when trying to quit smoking. This method is almost therapeutic for some people and is a big factor in them never wanting to touch another cigarette again.
5. Avoid Triggers
Triggers must be avoided in the early stages of stopping. The longer you quit, the less these events will actually trigger you to crave another cigarette. It will get easier. Figure out what triggers a craving and avoid these situations.
6. Stay Busy and Active
Stay as busy as possible with other things that you enjoy or must get done. Exercise and other activities can help fight the urge to smoke. When your mind is in another place then it doesn’t leave much room to think about a cigarette and eventually, it will just be easy to forget about them altogether
Quitting can be very difficult. With the right approach, anything is possible.