Philaso G. Kaping
New Year is here and so is the time to work on your resolution to quit smoking. Don't be disheartened if you are struggling to kick the butt, you are not alone in this uphill battle. In fact, it is among the top five New Year's resolutions people make each year which means there are many people out there just like you. First of all, you will have to deal with the addiction and the habits that go along with it - so start with a realistic plan to see you through this challenge.
1. Plan ahead
A reason or reasons motivated you to make this decision. What you need to do to succeed is to reinforce this motivation with a strong will-power. Go through your planner and choose a stress-free month to quit.
2. Form a support group
The first few weeks will be difficult as you will be going through withdrawal symptoms. Enlist the help of your family, friends, and co-workers. They can be a source of strength and encouragement during this period. You can also try joining a support group.
3. Remove temptations
You need to identity the triggers that make you smoke. Try to avoid the situations where you end up smoking and minimise your time hanging out with other smokers. Remove cigarettes and smoking tools and paraphernalia from your surroundings.
4. Stay active
Physical activity can keep you busy whenever you feel the urge to light up a cigarette. Head to the gym or park for a workout if find yourself with too much free time.
5. Consult an expert
You can engage a behavioural therapist to help you quit smoking or see a doctor for prescription medications to ease nicotine withdrawal.
6. Nicotine replacement therapy
This method helps you to gradually ease off smoking through the administration of nicotine to the body through products like nicotine patch, nicotine lozenges, and nicotine gum.
7. Do not give up
Like all addictions, quitting smoking is not easy. You need to persevere and stop finding excuses to smoke again. Even if you relapse, use it as an opportunity to strengthen your commitment and try harder.