Smoking: Kick The Butt – How?

How to Quit Smoking
Being a quitter is good sometimes

Quitting anything is never easy and especially if it is something you are dependent upon. But one has to go that extra mile when huge benefits are waiting on the other end with a huge reward which says – Welcome to the world of good health!!
How to quit smoking
Start your “stop smoking plan” with these motivations

S – Set a quitting date

T – Tell family, friends, and co-workers about your plan to quit

A – Anticipate and be ready for the challenges and difficulties that you’ll be facing

R – Remove cigarettes from your all accessible places like home, car, and work

T – Talk to your doctor or councillor about getting help to quit

Your initial mental and physical state after quitting: As expected, your body won’t take the sudden cessation of its regular dose of nicotine and will act like a unhappy child by throwing tantrums in from of,

  • Feeling dizzy, restless, and irritated
  • Having strong headaches because the body is lacking the immediate release of sugar that it gets from nicotine
  • Having a huge appetite
  • Tingling and sweating in hands and feet
  • Insomnia
  • Mood swings

All these are common and usual withdrawal symptoms.

Manage craving: Once the process is set in place, you get pangs of severe craving for the cigarette or other tobacco products. Handle that moment of truth by trying the following,

  • Chew a non-sweetened gum
  • Keep your hands, fingers and especially your mind busy
  • Pop something in mouth when you get the urge. Mints, hard candy, celery or carrot sticks, and sunflower seeds are good options.
  • Drink a lot of water. It will flush out toxins faster and minimizes craving.

Aids to quit smoking
Medication therapy: Smoking cessation medicines can ease withdrawal symptoms and reduces cravings. Talk to your physician about it and check whether an anti-smoking medication is right for you or not? Some FDA approved options are:

  • Nicotine Replacement Therapy – Nicotine replacement therapy involves “replacing” cigarettes with another nicotine substitutes, such as a nicotine gum or a nicotine patch. It works by distributing small and steady quantity of nicotine into the body to alleviate some of the withdrawal symptoms without other poisonous gases and tars and found in cigarettes.
  • Non-Nicotine Medication – These medications reduce cravings and ease withdrawal symptoms without the use of any nicotine.

Non-medication therapy: There are numerous things one can do to stop smoking without nicotine replacement or prescription medications. Some of them are:

  • Removing nicotine and tar – By eliminate nicotine residue, which is an addictive substance found in tobacco products from the body can be extremely helpful in quitting. Epsom salt (magnesium sulphate), easily available at your neighbourhood chemist, is known to remove nicotine and tar residue from the body. Add a handful of Epsom salt in your bathwater and soak your body in it for 10 minutes or else mix a spoonful of Epsom salt in a little water and rub it on your body. Leave for a few minutes and then shower.
  • Chew on ‘mulaithi’ (liquorice root) – The liquorice has been used by tobacco companies for long time to mask the bitter flavours of nicotine. On sucking or chewing this root, the smoker unconsciously connects the act of smoking a cigarette with the flavour of liquorice.
  • Acupuncture – Acupuncture, an old medical technique, is believed to work by triggering the release of endorphins that allow the body to relax. Acupuncture can be helpful in managing smoking withdrawal symptoms as a smoking cessation aid.
  • Behavioural Therapy – Nicotine addiction is linked to the habitual activities (the “rituals”) involved in smoking. Behaviour therapy focuses on breaking those habits.
  • Motivational Therapies – Whether it is a promise given to someone or your own initiative towards good health, keep the motivations level up and high. Reward yourself with something of your liking with every successfully passed week.
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