Fighting nicotine addiction
Any addiction is incredibly difficult to break, but do not let this discourage you. Many people before you have successfully ended the unhealthy habit of smoking. You can too. The only obstacle in the way is yourself.
The following are some tips to help you on your journey to a healthier, nicotine-free life!
Understand Your Smoking Habit
Arm yourself with information. Go to the library, or search on the internet, for any information about nicotine addiction. Additionally, begin to explore yourself in the process. Knowledge is your first weapon in the battle against an addiction. Ask yourself some key questions:
– Why do I smoke? What are the reasons?
– What are the perceived benefits of smoking?
– Why do I want to quit?
Write the answers down. Journal, make lists, use a voice recorder. Use whatever method is best for you to communicate and review this information later. You will discover a lot and surprise yourself with your responses. They will also lead you one step closer to your goal.
Track Your Habit
After you have some knowledge about what the addiction is for you and what it does to you, you can take it one step further. You can begin to track your habit. The Smoke Watchers app can assist you in this next step. With it, smokers manually track their use on the app. For vapers though, the use is automatically recorded thanks to the Smoke Watchers connected battery.
You will find that it is a very useful tool to help you and your Watcher visualize and quantify your smoking habit. When you have acquired enough information, you can move on to the next level.
Make a Quit Smoking Plan and Do It
Now that you’ve armed yourself with information regarding your smoking habit, you can make your plan to fight the addiction. There are many ways in which you can achieve victory, such as going cold-turkey, gradual reduction, nicotine replacement devices etc. Whichever way you choose to take, here are a few tips to assist you:
Make a contract with yourself. Print it. Put it up somewhere that you will see everyday. If you’ve been writing a journal, it might be helpful to pull some insights from there and put it into your contract.
Set a date. Mark it in your calendar. Write it in your contract. Make it a day that you will remember, such as your birthday or a wedding date. If you set a date, it makes it all the more real. But be sure to be realistic on when you will be able to accomplish your goal.
Prepare yourself for withdrawal symptoms. The side effects following smoking cessation will be a huge hindrance to your success. Here are some of the symptoms that you may experience from nicotine withdrawal: cigarette cravings, irritability, anger, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, restlessness, increased appetite, headaches, insomnia, tremors, increased coughing, fatigue, constipation or upset stomach, depression, decreased heart rate…
But don’t worry. There are many ways to combat each of these symptoms. Some methods include exercise, drinking lots of water, meditation, cough drops etc. Exercise is particularly great since it can combat many of these symptoms at once. You can read more about the anatomy of a craving in this article.
Most importantly, tell people and seek support. Go on social media to let people know your intentions. Call a friend. Find a therapist. Research finds that social support is a great way to win in the fight against addiction. It is also a great way to be held accountable by someone other than yourself.
Don’t Give Up
Be patient and take your time. Learn about yourself and the addiction. Take action. Seek support. Do not give up. If you fail, do not fret. Try again! You can fight against your addiction to nicotine and win.