Hard, But Not Impossible

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Quit Smoking

Whatever you call it, a cigarette, fag or puff, once it gets onto our nerves, it is tough to shake it off. But is it really impossible to quit? As per a study by researchers at the University of Toronto, it’s more likely to take a smoker 30 attempts or more to successfully quit smoking.

If you think it’s not your cup of tea just hang on. Another research by Ontario Tobacco Survey, sampled 4,501 recent smokers, in which 3,960 were still smoking. On the three-year period of the survey, 1,277 people were successful to quit.

That is what we said. It is Hard, but Not Impossible.

Whether in a group, influenced by surrounding people or by self, in a state of stress or simple boredom the first drag gives an instant boost to your nerves and to your mood, which drives you to asking for more of it. Then? Simple. It becomes a habit and the game begins. Gradually your nerves tend to get used to it and you don’t feel the same again. Your moods start to swing, you start to feel weak, inattentive. Your body always wants something from you. You simply start to crave for the poison more and more. From then on you smoke just to feel normal again.

Then? How to quit smoking?

We’ve divided the whole guide into two parts. First. The symptoms you’ll have to face and fight. & Second. The external help you can get to win the battle.

Why is it actually hard to quit smoking? And what about the symptoms?

At some point, almost every smoker tries to quit. But some factors never lets him/her win. These are called the withdrawal symptoms. Here are all them listed, to which you will definitely relate whenever you have tried or try in future to quit smoking.

  1. Cravings
  2. Anxiety
  3. Fatigue
  4. Concentration Difficulty
  5. Depression
  6. Anger
  7. Increased Hunger
  8. Constipation
  9. Sleeping Disorder
  10. Constipation
  11. Irritability

How can I help myself? Here are Our Tips on Quitting Smoking.

  1. At the very first point, convince yourself.

Convince yourself, that this is the last chance. Unless you reach the point of determination, you cannot win the battle. Because it is more of a psychological struggle than physical. It is the first step to quit smoking cigarette.

  1. Get as much human help you can get.

Tell your family, friends, colleagues to remind you of your resolution whenever you try to break it. And more importantly make them aware to never insist to smoke.

  1. Keep yourself away from people.

Keep yourself away from the people with whom you used to smoke, or the people who may insist you to smoke (as much as you can). No we are not telling you to be unsocial. But it is important to keep yourself in the track.

  1. Keep yourself away from places.

Keep yourself away from the places where you used to smoke (as much as you can). This may be your balcony, office canteen, local tea shop, anything.

  1. Engage yourself.

Keep yourself engaged as much as you can. More you are into something the more you are likely to overcome the cravings.

  1. Announce your resolution.

Announce your resolution as loud as you can to your surrounding people. It will bring a sense of guilt and defeat whenever you go back to a smoking a cigarette.

  1. Keep your surroundings clean.

Sweep away all the matchboxes, lighters, ashtrays that may remind you of your dirty past. Then there will be no distinct attraction which may come in the way to quit smoking a cigarette.

  1. Hand busy, mouth busy.

Smoking is a hand-mouth co-ordinated task, which always stays in your subconscious. So whenever you try to quit, your hand-mouth starts to miss the action. You can start to fidget (try a fidget spinner or clicker) to keep hands busy and chew sugar-free gums or toss a clove to keep your mouth busy.

  1. Drink water. Plenty of it.

Drink plenty of water to feel full. This will help you to overcome your hunger cravings.

  1. Get medical help.

Visit a physician. She/he might help you with anti-anxiety medication or nicotine supplements.

  1. Build a memorial.

Build a memorial for the resolution, someplace noticeable from where you spend most of your time. This may be an indoor plant on your computer desk. Or a “Smoke-Free Calendar” where you will keep count of everyday you’ve spent without a cigarette.

  1. Reward yourself.

Keep aside the amount you may have spent on cigarettes, and reward yourself in a regular interval for staying true to yourself. It can be anything of your choice. Like a movie, or a dine-out.

Statistics mostly shows the bad numbers. Good numbers are rarely brought to light. But don’t worry. Nearly 15.7% smokers have successfully quit over the past decade and the number is only growing. What does that mean? Simply what we told before. It’s hard, but not impossible.


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