Earlier, we highlighted some of the common withdrawal symptoms which ex-smokers face when they try to quit. Today, we can delve further into the topic and provide some answers about how these withdrawal symptoms can be managed. Its not mean feat as we mentioned last week. Here are some useful ideas you can use to manage smoking withdrawal symptoms
Yes, exercising helps because it releases the feel good hormone (endorphins) which makes you feel better mentally, and also allows you to burn off excess calories. One of the reasons exercising is beneficial is that a lot of people can suffer mental health problems such as anxiety and depression after giving up smoking. In addition, its a great workout which allows you to burn the excess calories. This leads us to..
2. Eating Right
Some former smokers admit that quitting smoking leads to an increased appetite. If you feel hungry, make sure you use that opportunity to eat right. Make sure your diet has plenty of vegetables, fruits and a balanced amount of carbohydrates and proteins. This helps in a couple of ways- it provides you with an outlet to distract yourself and the healthy food assists in reducing the strength and length of your withdrawal period.
3. Achieved a Small Win? Celebrate it!
Start small- if you celebrate a ‘small win’ such as one week, one month without smoking give yourself a mini reward. It is a proven way to motivate yourself further as you can see that you making progress towards achieving your ultimate goal; stop smoking for good. The celebration doesn’t need to involve food-just indulge in something which you enjoy.
TIP: If you have a smartphone (you probably do!), then look for apps which help you to manage withdrawal symptoms- they use timers to see how long you’ve given up smoking, the costs you’ve saved and most importantly, the years you’ve added because you have abstained from taking a cigarette. Take a look at your app store and see what works for you.
4. Find Another way to relieve your stress
A lot of people take a puff in order to relieve stress. Since smoking is bad for you, you need to find a better, healthier alternative. For some it could as simple as walking, cycling, yoga, boxing, zumba, listening to music, reading etc. The point? Find something which makes you relieve your stress and keep sticking to it, as it will make you less inclined to smoke since you have another method to relieve your stress.
5. Be the change
Now comes the hard part- be active and change your environment if its not being support. Remember, you have decided that you want to quit smoking. So, ensure that you get the assistance from those who care about you; friends, family and loved ones. Be brutally honest and tell them that you want to quit and they will be more inclined to help you achieve your goal of putting that cigarette down for good. In addition, stay away from situations where people smoke (even if they are friends or family members). If they are respectful of your decision, they will not smoke around you and will refrain from asking you to join them.
Kicking a habit is never easy. We hope that you use these tips to stay in control. Good luck!