You may have heard of the age-old saying, ‘once a smoker, always a smoker.’ Okay, we admit that doesn’t exist, and we just made it up to tell you that this adage does not need to be true. Yes, quitting smoking is quite hard due to the withdrawal symptoms you experience, both physically and psychologically. But it can be done. Just like those books say it. However, the best way to quit smoking is not to go down the beaten track but tread the offbeat road. Here are 10 unconventional ways to help you quit.
1. Eat When You Want To Smoke
2. Don’t Depend On Substitutes
3. Set Doable Deadlines
Quitting smoking is not something that can be done overnight. Fooling your mind and body into thinking they do not need to depend on nicotine anymore will take a lot more time than that. The best way to quit is to set short deadlines so that you can gradually get your body accustomed to the absence of nicotine. Start by not smoking for two weeks, and if you pull through, progress slowly.
4. Cut Down On Caffeine
5. Read Up On Smoking’s Bad Effects
Nothing is as effective in convincing your brain to quit smoking as scaring it. By reading up information available online concerning the harmful effects of smoking, you brainwash yourself into believing that you are quitting something that can put your life in danger. You could even watch anti-smoking commercials as well as they are quite scary. You could also hang up anti-smoking posters in your room to stay motivated.
6. Accept The Withdrawal Symptoms
Acknowledging that you will go through withdrawal symptoms will help you deal with them in a better way. You can experience a host of emotions ranging from sudden anger outbursts to restlessness and irritability when you try to quit nicotine. Instead of giving in to these emotions, try your level best to control them. Formulate plans if that’s what you need to keep them in control.
7. Get A Hobby
The best way to ignore the urge of smoking, as you already know, is to distract your mind. Taking up a new hobby is an effective way to keep your mind off smoking. However, convincing your mind that it should focus on the hobby instead of pulling out a cigarette is going to be helluva of a difficult task. Your willpower will need to be at its highest level. Therefore, you should pick up a hobby that you are really interested in so that your mind can focus.
8. Take Support From Friends And Family
If you feel too weak to quit on your own, ask your friends and family members to help you out. They can provide you with support and encouragement whenever you need, and even cooperate with you when you go through withdrawal symptoms.
9. Maintain Oral Hygiene
10. Breathe Deeply
Smoking can damage your lungs, which means you’ll need to do some damage control when you finally quit. Deep breathing exercises, such as the ones you do during yoga, can help. Such exercises will clean your lungs of toxins, improving your overall health in the process.
The ways mentioned here are completely safe and totally harmless, so don’t hesitate to try them out. You can try all of them together too as long as you consult with your doctor first. If you know of any other unconventional ways to give up smoking, please share them with us in the comments box below.