Deciding to quit smoking is a great place to start on your journey to living a healthier life. Although the first few days without a cigarette may be difficult, we’ve put together some handy tips that will make the process a whole lot easier:
Once you’ve decided to quit smoking, choose a day in the near future that you are going to quit on. Choose a day that is not too far away for you to change your mind but a day that gives you enough time to prepare. There are several ways you can quit, but ultimately, you need to decide whether you are going to continue to smoke as normal until your quit date and then stop, or slowly cut down until your quit date, then stop.
When you have chosen your date to stop, let your friends and family know so they know not to smoke around you and make sure you throw away any left-over cigarettes and ashtrays you may have.
NRTs (Nicotine Replacement Therapies) can reduce the cravings and withdrawal symptoms that may hinder your ability to quit smoking. NRTs are designed to wean your body off of cigarettes and supply you with a controlled dose of nicotine, without exposing you to all the other harsh chemicals found in tobacco. There are several types of NRTs, including skin patches, chewing gum, lozenges, nasal sprays and inhalers that can help fix the craving for nicotine safely. Remember that the end aim is to end your addiction to nicotine altogether and not just to quit tobacco, so you should try to ween yourself off any NRT eventually.
Triggers are the people, places, things and situations that give you the urge to smoke. On your quit day, try to avoid all of your triggers so you aren’t tempted to have a cigarette. When you drink, it’s harder to stick to your no smoking goal, so try to limit your alcohol intake when you first quit. If you usually smoke after meals, find something else to do instead to distract yourself from craving a cigarette. Get plenty of rest and east healthily - being tired can trigger you to smoke.
Keeping busy is a great way to stay smoke free on your quit day and for a few days after. Keeping busy will help keep your mind off smoking and will distract your mind from cravings. These are some activities you could try when trying to quit smoking:
You don’t need to rely on willpower alone to be smoke-free. Talk to your friends and family and let them know you are quitting and on what day; they can guide you through the rough stages and give you support in the run up and after.
You also have access to free help and support from the LiveWell Dorset team who are here to help and guide you through the process of quitting. You can contact us now or sign up online to be appointed a personal advisor who can provide you with one to one advice and tips on what to do next.