Healthy Lifestyle

How to Kick the Smoking Habit

How to Kick the Smoking HabitFor the past number of years smoking has been consistently one of the most common causes of human deaths. Smoking is an acquired habit that is normally gained more for its psychological effects more than anything else. Smokers usually believe that every stick helps them in maintaining their energy level to avoid slowing down especially when dealing with a stressful situation. Some people who have failed to kick the smoking habit claim that it helps to keep them preoccupied and it steers them away from boredom. Here is a list of ways on how to kick the smoking habit.

Get Enough Rest and Exercise
Finding ways on how to kick the smoking habit is not as easy as pie. Becoming nicotine free is not an easy task as well. In order to successfully get rid of the habit, a smoker needs to get enough rest and exercise to maintain their energy levels.Lose the Sticks Gradually
A successful strategy on how to kick the smoking habit is to cut down gradually. Make sure that you set a time frame for yourself, vary smoking routines, and attempt to replace cigarette with gum or mints when the urge to smoke arises.

Drink Plenty of Water
Adequate amounts of water daily will help in cleansing the body and flushing out the toxins caused by smoking. It is advisable to drink at least eight glasses of water every day. Also, try making it a habit to drink a glass of water first thing in the morning when you wake up.

Balanced Diet
A balanced and nutritious diet is also a plus to maintain body functions at their peak levels to effectively deal with stress.

Have an Active Lifestyle
One of the best ways to stop smoking is to be involved in physical activities such as running, swimming or hiking to say the least. These activities cause your body to release endorphins which elevate your mood and provide a sense of satisfaction. Put your focus on these activities and it will help a lot in pulling you away from the “sense of craving” that you feel towards taking a puff.

Think of the Benefits of Not Smoking
Smoking can cause lots of problems to our body. So when we speak of this in reverse, we can say that kicking the smoking habit can bring a lot of good things to our mind and body. When you wake up in the morning, before you start your day, take a minute or two to reflect and absorb all the nice things that “non-smoking” brings. It would be better if you make a list and write it on a piece of paper or a sticky note. Read through the list everyday and think of yourself finally achieving all of those benefits.

So What Are the Benefits of Not Smoking?
Thinking of making a list? Here are some of the benefits that you’ll get to enjoy once you kick the smoking habit: whiter teeth, no more bad breath, lower risk of suffering from major health problems such as cancer, stroke, pulmonary infection and heart attack, you’ll smell better, clean air for your loved ones, extra money (instead of using it for your cigarette packs) and the list goes on.

If you feel the strong urge to smoke, consider taking these alternatives: falvoured toothpicks, sugar-free chewing gum and dark chocolate. Flavoured toothpicks are designed to limit your cravings for cigarettes. Sugar-free chewing gum eases the urge of some smokers to put something in their mouths (which results into putting in a cigarette). Eating dark chocolate increases dopamine levels in the brain which provides feelings of pleasure and satisfaction and in turn can be the best replacement for nicotine that the cigarette provides.