This is the first CLEAN Healthcare Tip.
Quitting smoking can seem like a daunting task. The habit is both a physical and psychological hurdle and therefore requires preparation and dedication to eliminate. The body will experience symptoms of withdrawl and cravings. Battling the addiction from the perspective of the physical habit and the effects of the nicotine.
Prepare To Quit:
Preparation for quitting smoking is key. Use the following tips to increase your chances of success:
• Discover why you want to quit. Make a list of motivational factors you can carry with you. Refer to the list when you feel the urge to smoke.
• Identify your smoking habits. Do you smoke in the morning? Take breaks at the office? Smoke while driving? Plan to spend that time with a friend or relative who will distract you.
• Look for other ways to cope. If you use smoking as a stress reliever, invest in other methods. Try an exercise program, sign up for a massage, or schedule down time for yourself.
• Know what to expect. Understand that the withdrawl symptoms will occur, and make a plan to deal with them before they happen.
• Develop a reward system. There are many ways to reward yourself for success. Calculate the money you normally spend on cigarettes in a week (you’ll be surprised how much this can be!) and set it aside in a reward fund. After every smoke free week you reward yourself with the cash.
• Assemble your quit-smoking team. Take breaks with non-smoking coworkers and let your friends and family know about your plans to quit.
• Select a way to quit. Whether you use a slow decline or an all-in approach to quitting, make a plan ans stick to it! If you plan to use gum or patches to help plan for the costs associated with those methods.
• Set a quit date. When making your plan, select a firm start date. Tell your friends and family so they can encourage you to stick with it.
• Try to avoid relapse. Relapsing will make it more difficult to refrain from smoking. Try to prevent relapse to the best of your abilities.
• If you slip, continue to try to quit. Don’t give up quitting if you have decided you want to. Refer to your reasons to quit and continue to make the effort.