There is a reason why all cigarette packets come with a sign that says 'smoking kills'.
Here are 12 tips that can help you quit and even reduce your sutta cravings.
1. Put on your running shoes.
Light exercises like jogging, speed walking or yoga can help you stay in shape and also burn those extra calories that you might put on after you quit smoking.
2. Try alternatives to nicotine.
3. Know what triggers your smoking.
Stay away from people, places or habits that make you want to reach out for a smoke at least for the first few months till you gain full control over your sutta craving.
4. Small goals go a long way.
Set yourself small goals to accomplish. For example, "today if I don't smoke, I get to eat an ice-cream." Treat yourself with anything you like when you've achieved your goal.
5. Stay away from common triggers.
Most people prefer having a smoke with their alcohol so, try to avoid drinking alcohol even when you're going out or meeting friends.
6. Eat healthy to kill cravings.
Whenever you feel that intense desire for nicotine, reach out for some healthy food and snacks as it can help reduce cravings.
7. Your support system has to be strong.
Seeking support from your family and friends can significantly help you deal with the cravings.
8. Switch to herbal tea or suck on toothpicks.
Herbal tea can give the same stress relief as a hit of nicotine. Flavoured toothpicks are also a good alternative to try when the craving hits.
9. Try out a 'Quit Smoking' app.
An ex-smoker knows it all, and these apps are a good platform for ex-smokers to interact and help current smokers who wish to quit. You can download the app here.
10. Meditate and stay calm.
Yes, we all know that quitting comes with withdrawal symptoms but remember, this too shall pass. Meditate and once you have passed the initial stages of cravings, you are pretty much good to go!
11. Don't sit ideal, keep yourself busy.
Play games, read books, basically, do anything that will keep you distracted.
12. Seek professional help.
Written information, self-help materials, counselling or group therapy can equip you better in dealing with nicotine cravings.
You can do it if you believe it.