Smoking a hard and tough zone to break out of. The tobacco contains nicotine, which becomes addictive. Like heroin or other addictive drugs, the body and mind quickly become so habituated to nicotine in cigarettes that a person needs to have it to feel normal. Many reasons can be attributed to the beginning of smoking like peer pressure, flaunting off the cool look. Statistics show that 9 out of 10 tobacco users start before the age of 18 yrs.
Why does it get difficult to stop?
Quitting smoking becomes very difficult. A person starts to feel normal after taking it. It is a general knowledge that smoking causes cancer, emphysema and heart diseases and shortens the life by 10 years. There are advertisements in social media, TV, radio and hospitals, proclaiming that smoking kills. It is restricted in most of the public arenas. Despite this well-known information, people end up spending thousands of dollars every year. Addiction is the reason of the light up.
It can take up a paramount mental and emotional ordeal to quit smoking. When the nicotine reaches the brain, it triggers dopamine that needs to release. Over the time the body gets accustomed to the usage of nicotine. Smokers feel the pleasure and it soothes the nerves which makes it difficult for them to quit smoking.
Withdrawal is important:
It takes time to withdraw/ disengage from the intake of nicotine. Cigarette cravings might stick around for a longer period of time. However, there are many ways that can help you prepare for withdrawal.
When you start smoking, you tend to link certain activities, feelings to it. These in turn may enhance, the urge to smoke. It is very important to identify these triggers and develop ways to deal with it.
- Try going to areas, where smoking is not allowed. There are smoke free zones.
- Spend more time with non-smokers.
- Keep your hands engaged in some or the other activity. Squeeze balls are known to be of great help.
- Take a deep breath. Keep reminding yourself of the reason to quit smoking.
- Think of people who will be the happiest if you quit smoking.
- Change your mobile/desktop screen wallpaper to images related to quit smoking.
- Visit your company websites / Facebook pages to see if there are groups that offer quit smoking programs
- There are counsellors appointed in the state who help you come out of this chain
- Consider using a quit smoking program
- This can help you understand the triggers
- Teach you to handle stress and withdrawal
- Give you tips to resist the urge
If you are a smoker or if you have friends who smoke, it is my humble request to please share it with them too and make this as your New Year 2019 resolution. This will be difficult to start but will change your life for the better. Take 10 slow breaths and get started right away. If you stay positive in a negative situation, then you win.