So you decided to quit, that’s good news! But your mind is full of questions and worries, and you’re getting anxious about the whole thing. Is it worth it? Can I make it? What if I can’t – these are just a few questions that are stressing you out.
You have wasted maybe a couple of years or most of your life smoking. Now it’s time that you face a new tomorrow without lighting up. If you do, you’re embracing a longer, healthier and more beautiful life. The misconceptions and deceptions “they” have been instilling to our minds (whether consciously or subconsciously) bring many people back to the bad habit even after struggling to stop smoking now.
Knowing what to expect, and familiarizing yourself with the most common quit smoking pitfalls will help you succeed in your quest to a smoke-free life. Here are ten things to do when you stop smoking today:
- DON’T BE NEGATIVE. A study found that an average person has around 66,000 thoughts per day and 2/3 or 44,000 of these are bad thoughts. Admit it, often – we are our own critics! The withdrawal period should have been easier had smokers thought of it as “easy”. Yes, it’s all in the mind. Tobacco manufacturers support the idea that smoking cessation is difficult because they don’t want smokers to quit. Just be positive and your efforts will bear fruits!
- BE PATIENT. Quitting smoking is a process, and not merely an event. Therefore, it takes time and effort. Do not expect that after you throw your cigarettes, you won’t feel anything peculiar. Of course it will feel different. Smoking is a habit that may have taken you many years to build. So be patient. It takes time but eventually, you’ll get there.
- PAMPER YOURSELF. There will be times that you might feel bored, anxious or depressed that you might think of lighting up. To avoid the worst scenario, schedule your activities well and make sure you have time for yourself. Watch a concert or a movie, go out with friends, organize a home party with your family, etc. As you do this, you will realize that smoking isn’t really a source of pleasure and enjoyment.
- TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. By quitting smoking today, you are giving your body the chance to recover from the serious damage caused by tobacco. So you want to help repair those damaged cells and flush away the toxins. You can do this by taking good care of yourself. Eat a balanced diet, exercise, take multivitamins, and get more rest and sleep. This will also help minimize the withdrawal symptoms, making the smoking cessation an easier and comfortable process.
- DON’T HESITATE TO SEEK HELP. Whether it’s in the form of medication, counseling or through a support group, studies show that people who seek help in quitting smoking have higher chance of success than those who don’t.
And lastly, don’t forget that you wanted to quit smoking today. Don’t let anything come your way and prevent you from reaching this goal.