To successfully quit smoking, you’ll need strong determination and the willpower to work through the nicotine withdrawal symptoms. Also, you need a good plan to start the process, including when you want to quit as well as all the reasons for quitting.
Here are the 5 tips to help you quit smoking.
1. Clean Your Home
As soon as you have decided to quit smoking, it is time to clean your house. This is an important step as it will remove the cigarette smoke stains and smell, which can otherwise make you crave another puff.
- Toss all of your ashtrays and lighters.
- Wash any clothes that smell like smoke.
- Clean your carpets, draperies and upholstery.
- If you smoked in your car, clean it out, too.
- Use air fresheners to get rid of that familiar scent.
A more pleasant and clean environment will make it easier for you to deal with the withdrawal. So, make your home a smoke-free zone. Don’t allow anyone to use tobacco in your home, car or even while sitting next to you in a restaurant.
2. Start Exercising Regularly
Taking up healthy exercise like running or cycling not only improves your health but also makes it easier to quit smoking.
Exercise unleashes a flood of endorphins, which often help curb withdrawal headaches. Exercise can also speed up your body’s self-repair process.
The calories you burn will also ward off weight gain as you quit smoking.
In a 2009 study published in Psychopharmacology, researchers used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) for the first time to show how exercise changes brain activity in smokers and found that it may help reduce cravings for nicotine.
It also backs up previous studies showing that just one short burst of moderate exercise can significantly reduce nicotine cravings.
A 10-minute walk in an open area whenever you have a strong craving for a puff can really make a difference in your effort to quit smoking.