The good news is that, if you’re ready to stop smoking, there are a number of things you can do to make it easier to stop. The bad news is that, although it’s possible to kick the habit for good, it can be difficult to do.
Here are a few tips that could help make the process easier.
Learn about the reasons why you want to quit.
It’s essential to understand why you want to quit. It’s possible that you’re trying to quit because your friends or family tell you to quit, or because you have a general social or health reason for trying to quit.
If you don’t know why you want to stop smoking, it can be difficult to know how to do it.
It’s also important to know that stopping smoking is a process, not a quick fix. The more you know about why you want to quit, the better you will be able to help yourself and your loved ones.
Make it easier for yourself.
Sometimes, you need to start over from scratch.
For example, your first attempt at quitting may have been less than successful. You may already have a few habits that you want to break, such as drinking alcohol.
To make the first attempt less painful, you may want to:
- Use nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) to help ease the withdrawal symptoms.
- Try to reduce the number of cigarettes you smoke.
- Get regular exercise.
- Eat healthfully.
It’s important to remember that even though it may seem as though you’re trying to quit smoking, you’re not totally giving up.
For example, you may still smoke a cigarette a week or two after your first attempt when the idea of quitting seems impossible.
Quitting smoking takes time, and if you’re trying to quit and you’re not sure how to start, talk to your doctor. They can help you determine how to make the process easier.
Consider your mental health.
The nicotine in cigarettes can have a negative impact on the way you think, and the side effects can be difficult to manage.
If you’re dealing with mental health issues, you may find it easier to quit smoking if you seek help.
If you’re trying to quit because of a mental health issue, you need to do what you can to manage these issues.
If you need to quit smoking, you need to do what you can to help yourself.
Get professional help.
If you’ve tried to quit before and failed, it’s important to see a professional.
They can help you find an appropriate treatment plan that suits your needs, and they can also help you understand the reasons why you want to stop smoking.
If you have any concerns about quitting smoking, or any questions at all, talk to your doctor.
They can help you find the right cessation program that meets your needs.
Some programs may include counseling to help you manage any mental health issues or other concerns.
If you’re having trouble quitting, you may want to talk to your doctor about a program that combines smoking cessation with other treatments.
It may take some time and effort, but it can make all the difference.
If you’re ready to quit, talk to your doctor about it. They can help you work through the process and make sure you’re on the right track.
Find a support group.
If you’re not sure where to start, you may want to look into a support group for people trying to quit.
These meetings can help you get information and help. You can also find information about local support groups, such as the American Lung Association.
Ask for a quit kit.
Many people find it helpful to have a quit kit, or other smoking cessation kit, available in their home.
It’s possible you may be less likely to smoke if you have a kit in your home. This can be a great way to help yourself quit.
If you don’t have a quit kit, or if you’re not sure where to start, talk to your doctor. They can help you find a kit that meets your needs.
Check with your employer.
Your employer may provide you with a quit kit.
The National Cancer Institute recommends asking your employer about a quit kit.
If your employer doesn’t provide a quit kit, ask your doctor or pharmacist for a quit kit.
You may want to talk to your employer about how they can help you quit.
If you’re quitting because of a mental health issue, ask your employer to help you find a treatment program that works for you.
If you’re ready to quit, talk to your employer about it.
Keep a quit journal.
You can use a quit journal, or simply keep track of what you’re doing in order to help you quit.
You can also use a quit journal to help you remember what your loved ones are doing, such as:
- Bringing you food
- Offering to do a particular task for you
- Helping you organize your house
If you smoke, you may want to keep a quit journal in your car or other vehicle so that you can refer to it during times when you’re driving.
Quitting smoking can be harder than it seems. It may not be easy, but it’s important to find the help you need.
When you’re ready to quit, get the help you need.
When to see a doctor?
You should talk to your doctor if you find that you’re having trouble quitting.
They can help you determine if there’s something else going on that’s contributing to your difficulties with quitting.
They can also help you determine the best treatment plan for you.
Some common symptoms of nicotine withdrawal include:
- A headache
- Trouble breathing
- Difficulty concentrating
- A strong desire to smoke
If you have any of these symptoms, it may be best to talk to your doctor.
The bottom line
Quitting smoking can be difficult, but if you’re ready, you can do it.
It takes time, but it can be done.
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