Congratulations on deciding to quit smoking! You’ve taken the first step in a long process that will hopefully see you on a healthier, happier path.
We’ve written extensively on our blog about the research around the best ways to quit smoking, but read all the material yourself and make up your mind. We’re not doctors, so we can’t tell you what techniques are best for you, but what we can do is give you a few simple tips that will help you to resist the pull of taking another puff.
1. Get rid of your smokes
It may sound simple, but too many people try to quit smoking while they still have a supply of cigarettes in the house. That means it’s all too easy for you to grab one and light up when the first craving hits. Get rid of them so you don’t have to face the temptation.
2. Clean the house
If you’ve been smoking inside your house, you may not realise how much the smell has seeped into your clothing and furnishings. Give your house a good scrub from top to bottom – clean the carpets, couches, change the sheets, air out the mattress, and do as much as you can to get rid of that stale cigarette smell that will make you crazy with cravings.
3. Find a new hobby
Whether it’s homebrewing, reading, colouring books, model trains, or a musical instrument, there are literally hundreds of hobbies out there that will keep your hands and mind busy while you’re going through withdrawals. This can be crucial during the early days. With all that money you’ll save from smoking, you’ll be able to indulge a new hobby!
4. Drink lots of water
Drinking plenty of water will help to speed up the detox portion of quitting smoking. People who drink water find their cough easier to deal with, and it can help you to feel full with your increased appetite without going crazy on the snacks. Steer clear of caffeine drinks, as you’ll discover coffee has a stronger effect on you than before. This is because nicotine suppresses the effects of caffeine.
Exercise helps release tension and is another way to distract your body and mind from your cravings. When you work out, your brain releases dopamine – same as when you light up. Getting fitter can also help to speed up your recovery, and can help you focus on a new goal to keep you motivated to stay on track.
6. Stock the house with healthy snacks
Smoking suppresses your appetite, so when you stop you’ll probably find you’re ravenous. Keep a healthy snack on your person at all times, or you’ll find yourself hitting a convenience store too many times in a day for sugary or salty snacks.
7. Try vaping
People who try to quit smoking cold-turkey without any assistance often find themselves falling back into their old habits. Using products that replace your nicotine hit with a smaller and safer source usually work better, and research suggests that vaping is one of the most effective.
With vaping, you can choose the amount of nicotine in your e-juice, and decrease the amount over time. You’ll be going through similar motions as you would if you smoked, which can help “trick” your brain into behaving while you quit. Find out for yourself – give vaping a go!
Learn more about how people can use vaping to help quit smoking and browse the starter kits available at NZVAPOR.