There are numerous ways of helping you to stop smoking cigarettes, something that if you succeed in, will help to improve your overall health and well-being, as well as minimising the risk of developing some very nasty diseases such as heart disease and cancer.
Ways of helping you to stop smoking based on physical support
Giving up smoking is one of the most difficult things to achieve in life if you are a smoker. That’s why numerous ways of helping you to stop smoking have been developed. Several devices can help, including:
- Nicotine gum
- Nicotine lozenges
- Nicotine nasal spray
- Nicotine patches
- Electronic cigarettes
Ways of helping you to stop smoking based on habit and lifestyle changes
As well as the above listed aids, there are a number of other ways of helping you to stop smoking, which are self imposed disciplines. Here are a few of them that you might like to put into practice.
Plan your quit smoking date and advertise it
You need to have a definite date. It’s all too easy to put off quitting smoking until tomorrow; so set a firm date and tell friends, family and business colleagues. No one wants to look silly or feeble, so having others to answer to can help to firm that resolve.
Make a list of good reasons for quitting
As you progress with your giving-up-smoking initiative, your resolve will get severely tested. If you make up a list of good and valid reasons for stopping smoking, and keep that list with you at all times, you can remind yourself why it is you are putting yourself through the agony. Some people carry around a picture of their new born child with them.
Altering your diet
Another of the ways of helping you to stop smoking is to alter your eating and drinking options. A lot of people find satisfaction from an “after-dinner” cigarette, particularly when they eat certain foods including meat. Other food such as cheese, fruits and vegetables, can make cigarettes taste horrible; so instead of pork sausages and beef-burgers, try eating veggie-burgers and soya-sausages.
Also, when you’ve finished eating, instead of sitting down and relaxing (which is when the temptation to light-up is strongest) tidy up and do the washing up. It helps to keep you occupied and takes your mind off smoking.
Other diet-related temptations are drinks such as alcohol, fizzy drinks, tea and coffee. Swap them for drinking water and fruit juice.
Plan to circumvent the cravings
The craving to smoke lasts about 5-minutes. This is a relatively short space of time, so you can plan things to do to take your mind off the craving. For example, in order to distract yourself, plan a few exercises (physical and mental) that will give you something else to think about, and put them into practice when the times comes.
Keeping your hands and mouth occupied
Smokers often “light-up” as a matter of boredom and routine, so keeping your hands and mouth busy, doing something other than smoking, is another of the ways of helping you to stop smoking.
Smoking electronic cigarettes is one way of keeping both hands and mouth busy. Also, when you’re out for a drink, try holding your glass in the hand you normally use for smoking. Some people also find that drinking through a straw helps.
Whatever methods you use as ways of helping you to stop smoking, you also need something to satisfy the nicotine craving, which is where patches, lozenges, electronic cigarettes etc. are invaluable.
Help and advice from Broadgate GP Clinic London Wall
If you live and/or work in London and you would like some more advice about ways of helping you to stop smoking, call in to our walk-in clinic at Broadgate GP Clinic London Wall, or call us today on 020 7638 4330.