Smoking is a practice in which a substance is burned and the resulting smoke breathed in to be tasted and absorbed into the bloodstream. Most commonly the substance is the dried leaves of the tobacco plant which have been rolled into a small square of rice paper to create a small, round cylinder called a “cigarette“. Smoking has been always a channel for people to easily vent out stress, frustrations and even depression.
In this article, we will enumerate 10 ways and alternatives that can help you quit smoking.
10. DARK CHOCOLATES
Eating dark chocolate is a great substitute for smoking. This is because it also increases dopamine levels in the brain much like the nicotine in cigarettes. Dopamine causes feelings of joy, pleasure and satisfaction and is one of the principal neurotransmitters in the brain.
9. CHANGE YOUR ROUTINE
Change everything that reminds you of smoking. If you go to a cafe, and think that a cup of your usual coffee goes well with a stick of cigarette, then order a different variant. If you drink beer while you smoke then avoid drinking beer, or go have a drink and hang out more with your non-smoking friends.
The average craving lasts just 15 seconds, so you have 15 seconds to distract yourself until the craving subsided. By the time you’re done with one glass of water, you already have distracted yourself to give in to the temptation of lighting one stick.
7. MINT CANDIES
The cool, tingly feeling of menthol or mint makes a smoker’s mouth feel fresh and clean, which tricks the brain into feeling less desire for that hot intake of smoke.
6. THROW AWAY EVERYTHING RELATED TO SMOKING
Habits are deeply engrained, so you may have to decouple one habit from another in order to quit smoking. It’s much easier to resist the temptation if you throw away. everything related to smoking. If you are an avid collector of lighters then, you might want to put them in a box and keep them in your attic for a while until you’re 100% smoke free!
Yoga is one of the best alternatives to smoking, especially for those who tend to smoke when they’re stressed or tired.
4. EAT UP
7 out of 10 smokers we asked, told our team that they feel a certain “comfort” from the stress due to heavy workloads when smoking. So we came up with an alternative that can help you vent your stress out without lighting a stick. “I managed to quit smoking by eating ice cream every time a craving kicks in. ” says Emma, a call center agent based in Manila.
Running may be difficulty for smokers initially but will help them quit smoking after a few days of running. Inspire yourself by dragging a friend who also smokes and run together.
2. REWARD YOURSELF
Instead of letting your hard earned money go to the pockets of Cigarette Manufacturers try to place them in a piggy bank and save up for something you always wanted to buy. May it be a new shirt, a new phone, or even a new car!
1. SET A GOAL
Ask yourself, Why do you want to quit. The answer to that question will be your primary goal, and goals add up every time you finish one. Start with the small ones, also known as “short term goals” and set bigger goals as you progress.
We hope this article helped you. But please do remember to always talk to someone about your quitting desires and goals. A listening ear always help and those people who are dear to you will never fail in giving the best advice!